BARNOLDSWICK musician James Parkinson - One Cure For Man - and his new single Everything (Promise Me) is a very personal take on his life during Covid featuring home video clips of his father, also a musician, who died suddenly while they were performing together on stage.

“The video for the new single was shot in my garage and reflects the current nature of life and the music world, being trapped in four walls and not being able to “get out, says James, whose father, Allan Parkinson was the guitarist with Slack Alice.

The film features home video footage from the 1980s of James’ father together with the young James and his brother posing as rock stars.

“The videos juxtaposes my current life with my young children - Leo and Dylan - and my younger brother, Ben Parkinson on drums. The desire was to create a real sense of frustration, melancholy and high-emotion with the innocence and joy of young life.”

James has always recorded, and produced his own music but last year decided to start working with producer Matt Heap of the band Honeyspider. Their first single ‘The Haunted’, was released in May 2020. The video, featuring James dressed as a clown from an Edward Hopper painting, reached 5,000 views on Youtube and was called “a masterpiece of emotional expression” by Music Talkers.

In December last year, James released the haunting, Americana-Rock track ‘Humble’, inspired by the death of his father. James was on stage at Bands on the Square in Barnoldswick with his father in 2017 when Allan suddenly died. The event was very traumatic for him and many other people who were watching, spurring James to write the song about the struggle and complexities of remembering the past but trying to move on and start a new life.

Released earlier this month, Everything (Promise Me) incorporates aggressive, melodic guitars and synths with driving bass, dynamic drums and bittersweet vocals. It is available on Spotify, Facebook and YouTube: