Parousia’s fourth show at the Whisky on Sunday April 16th, 1989 was a sponsored event by KROQ, a local alternative-rock FM radio station. The D.J. known as Ken Fusion was a big fan of Parousia and he liked to play two tracks from our “Turnaround” EP, ‘Place your Bets’ and ‘Tiffany’. I had friends call me all that week to tell me they heard our songs on the radio.
As you can imagine, not every band that wants to play at the Whisky gets the gig. Yes, pay-for-play was in full swing but outside of the money, if the Whisky (or the Roxy or the Troubadour) didn’t like your music, you weren’t getting on stage.
Parousia had one thing going for us; Parousia’s music was genuinely different from what was happening on the L.A. scene in the late 80’s. Most of the bands coming to play on the sunset strip were “hair – metal bands” or clones of the Smith’s, and the Cure.
We used melody, counter-melody and a thickly layered sound. Our music was orchestrated using drums, bass, heavy guitar and keyboards.
The growl-flute-playing of Patt Connolly was our icing on the cake. It was distinctly different and attention-getting. It captivated the audience and that helped us stand-out from the pack in a sea of dogs.