Picture Parlour channel Arctic Monkeys on loungey new single

Listen to the second single from the buzzy British four-piece.


Much-hyped indie kids, Picture Parlour have today shared their second single, ‘Judgement Day’. ‘Judgement Day’ – produced by Catherine Marks of the boygenius’ ‘The Record’ – is the much-anticipated follow-up to the band’s stonking debut single ‘Norwegian Wood’.

Having already supported Bruce Springsteen, The Strokes and Noel Gallagher this year, Picture Parlour are currently on the road supporting equally buzzy new labelmates The Last Dinner Party and will play the second of two sold-out nights at EartH in London tonight.

Speaking about ‘Judgement Day’, which comes complete with a video directed by Em Cole, Picture Parlour’s Katherine Parlour says: “‘Judgement Day’ is a love letter. It’s being knocked off your feet by someone you never expected to meet and surrendering to that all consuming feeling. It’s a dramatic statement that at the end of time, on judgement day, you want to stand hand in hand with your lover.” 


if you’re fans of ‘Tranquility Base’-era Arctic Monkeys, it’s highly likely that you will enjoy this track. There’s no getting away from frontwoman Katherine Parlour’s Alex Turner-isms but hey, there are a lot worse people to emulate!

Picture Parlour will perform at SWN, London Calling, Mutations and Pitchfork festivals towards the end of this year, having already got their wellies wet this summer at Liverpool Sound City, NBHD Weekender, End of the Road and Reeperbahn. The band will also headline The Victoria in Dalston on 15 November for The Great Escape’s First 50 event.

Picture Parlour are comprised of Liverpudlian Katherine Parlour and Yorkshire-born guitarist Ella Risi. The pair began writing together during the pandemic, developing their own sound, and drawing inspiration from the likes of Patti Smith and Nick Cave to name but two. Since then, they have relocated to London and recruited bassist Sian Lynch and drummer Michael Nash. 

The band drew criticism after they were featured on the cover of NME to coincide with the release of their debut single, with sceptics reigniting the old ‘industry plant’ debate. But at the time, The Forty-Five columnist, Jenessa Williams, questioned why it’s always female-led guitar bands that come under fire?