Para Alta grew up together in the small seaside town of Hartlepool. Friends from an early age they played together through their teens, learning their instruments and the craft of songwriting, dreaming of spending their adult lives playing in a rock and roll band.
School came and went, the line-up went through a few changes as did the band name, but by late 2016 Para Alta had found their formation. Steel cheekboned Jonny Bee (guitar/vocals), likely lad Luke Cowley (guitar), international man of ink Sonny Williamson (bass), and iron-fisted grafter Tommy Sotheran (drums).
Already selling out shows in the North-East, the band set their sights on London and the chance to make their childhood dreams come true. The big time. Rock and roll glamour. The hedonistic joys of working a 9-5 then playing for £50 at the Old Blue Last. These are the things that dreams are made of.
Moving into a shared house together and surviving a robbery and a near limb-losing spider attack, the band spend most of their time writing, playing and rehearsing.
Their shimmering indie rock draws comparisons to the likes of Gengahr and Blossoms and inspiration from the bleak but beautiful coastline of their adolescent home, as well as all the dramas, heartbreaks and misgivings that come with life in a small town.
Contrasting their raw rhythm section with brash but dreamy guitars, they reflect the clashing ideologies of their romanticist nature with their tumultuous teenage years, while singer Jonny Bee’s lyrics and infectious melodies make their songs instantly inviting.
Having released several singles through Kissability (THUMPERS, Circa Waves, Courtney Barnett) and with a fierce live show, these four Northern lads are gearing up for more dream-making in the years that will surely follow.