Parker Shogren is a Florida-based singer, songwriter, and performer, whose powerful live shows have already seen crowds in the thousands and drawn comparisons to the likes of Memphis May Fire and Asking Alexandria.
His latest single, Death Sentence, has seen rock radio airplay nationwide, and features the talents of Gold Record rock producer Machine (Fall Out Boy, Lamb of God), guitar tone-god Phil Pluskota (Signs of the Swarm, Scumfuck), and metal vocal legend Jason Wisdom (Becoming the Archetype).
But, for Shogren, this is music with a mission. “This song is about realizing that you are not under a death sentence from wrong decisions,” says Parker, who, as a teacher, sees the impact that hopelessness can have on young people.
Musicwebzine – Hi there, first of all, tell us something about the band
Parker – I am a solo artist under my own name and looking to really add some music to the emo scene. Band members are starting to be integrated as Parker Shogren Music grows to more audiences!
Musicwebzine – Which is the main theme of your album ?
Parker – For the album Before. After. the theme focuses on many different aspects of love. This album has songs encapsulating the feelings of love to the feelings of where the person is left with that love after this relationship ends. The new single Death Sentence is a work about telling how one is not under a death sentence in a world with so much, every person can fix their life with these influences existing.
Musicwebzine – What about the cover and the title of your album ?
Parker – For before. After we just had a fun time shooting shots at various locations. We were happy with that shot of a mic hanging while walking away and just went with it. The Death Sentence album cover was the work of Jed Brewer.
Musicwebzine – Which bands has influenced your sound ?
Parker – I love the songwriting abilities of bands like Dashboard Confessional and The Spill Canvas. Soundwise I love many areas of rock so bands like Blink-182 to Mayday Parade and Linkin Park.
Musicwebzine – Do you think you can still live only on music?
Parker – If music is what a person loves doing than that life will become available to them. The world loves artists who want to share their works with the world. With the pandemic and other factors it has been much harder but music always prevails.
Musicwebzine – That’s all!! greeted our readers with a message!
Parker – I want to say thanks for taking the time to read and listen to my music!