Parachute had a simple goal for its second album — to make it better than its first.
“We felt like (2009’s ‘Losing Sleep’) was an arrow that we shot at the door and it poked through,” explains Will Anderson, frontman for the Charlottesville, Va., rock quintet. “It got us into the ears of a lot of people and put our name on the map, but I feel like it wasn’t quite all the way there.”
So on the new “The Way It Was,” Anderson says Parachute “just wanted to write good songs and hopefully show some improvement on that end ... and for the album as a whole to be a little more cohesive as well. We think we did that.”
Parachute certainly sets lofty goals for itself. The group hails from the town that launched the Dave Matthews Band; in fact, Parachute’s first gig — as Sparky’s Flaw — was on the sidewalk outside Miller’s Bar, where the DMB got its start, but Anderson and his bandmates were too young to enter. And the DMB continues to be a measure for the younger group.
“They were gods to us,” says Anderson, 25. “They’re the definition of what a band should be — having a great time on stage, playing an interesting kind of music. That’s exactly what we wanted to do, so they were idols to us, definitely — and still are, I think.”
The Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch and Parachute perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $22.50 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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