It's been 10 years since South Africa's the Parlotones released its first album. But frontman Kahn Morbee says that decade has gone by in a flash.
"It's pretty weird; on one end it feels like we only started yesterday, on the other hand it feels like we've been doing this our whole lives," says Morbee. "Almost every dream a band has when they start out is to reach a point where they can tour, and obviously one of the big dreams is to tour the (United) States.
"Every year has given us some sort of step forward, some sort of growth. It's been quite a journey so far."
The Parlotones' other new adventure this year is the quartet's fourth album "Journey Through the Shadows." Morbee says the group -- which also has a line of wines in its homeland -- started working on the album almost immediately after recording 2009's "Stardust Galaxies," but there was no real plan or theme other than to keep pushing its music in new directions.
"On this albums there's some country, some blues, lots of hard rock," he says. "We never really sit down and plan a theme or anything; it just kind of naturally evolves from what's going on around us.
"You always challenge yourself, otherwise you can get a little bored. So we kind of almost force ourselves to try and explore new ground and find new things to do. It's hard work, but it's the only way to keep it interesting, I think."
The Parlotones and Ryan Star & the Silent Comedy perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $12. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.