Bay Area folk & bluegrass band The Parmesans continued their steady stream of releases by dropping The Smell of Silence this week, their third EP in a little over six months. The Parmesans might not stick to traditional, rigid bluegrass, but they can craft a damn fine melody, beautiful harmonies, and sound like they have have a hell of a lot of fun in the process. I know I have plenty of fun listening, at least.

The band is now writing material for a new LP that they expect to release in the spring, and will be touring California starting in San Diego on January 17th. They’ll be hitting a few cities along their way back to the Bay where they’ll have an EP release party at Eli’s Mile High Club January 24th. Below, you can stream The Smell of Silence, which is a collection of five originals from The Parmesans. You can also watch a video of the band performing “See for Yourself” in a West Oakland kitchen during a recording session for their super lo-fi split EP with San Diego’s Sledding with Tigers.

The Parmesans, Guitar Wizards of the Future, Snowblind Traveler, Midnight Parade
Eli’s Mile High Club
January 24, 2012
6:30pm, $7