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Parachute's happy to see more guys in its audience

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Will Anderson is certainly pleased that his band Parachute’s second album, “The Way It Was,” made a more impactful landing on the Billboard 200 — debuting at No. 19 in May, 21 places higher than 2009’s “Losing Sleep.”

The set also hit No. 7 on the Rock Albums chart and No. 1 on the iTunes Rock chart.

But the frontman is even happier about a change he’s seeing in the demographics of the band’s fan base.

“We’re seeing a lot more guys at the show,” says Anderson, 25, who co-founded Parachute during 2008 in Charlottesville, Va. “I get ’em coming up to me going, ‘Dude, I would never admit this ... but I love your stuff. My girlfriend played it for me, and it’s amazing.’

“So it’s fun to win over the guys as well as the girls. It’s a pleasure to play for them now, and there’s a whole new dynamic to the crowds. People would always tell us that guys eventually like what girls like; for us it took a little while, but it’s great.”

Anderson says Parachute still fully appreciates the women who first picked up on singles such as “She Is Love” and “Kiss Me Slowly.”

“They really came out and supported us and latched on to the music, which is great,” he notes. But the male presence is helping to define Parachute in a different way.

“I think we’re a rock band, first and foremost — anybody who comes out to a show can attest to that,” Anderson explains. “It really is a rock band with a lot of soul influence — just soulful rock, hopefully honest and accessible. And emotional, but not emo.”

Parachute and Kate Voegele perform Saturday, Oct. 22, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, with a $40 four pack. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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