Olive Vox is the creation of singer-songwriter Parker James and his brother guitarist-songwriter Caden Shea. Originally from Orange County, CA, Parker & Caden moved to Texas as pre-adolescent kids searching to fit into a new landlocked environment. A skateboard accident sidelined Parker with a broken arm requiring metal plates and screws. Parker took advantage of his down time away from skating and football to concentrate on music, gaming and social media.
Parker would spend the next couple years honing his music, especially lyric writing. Eventually he’d form a one man project called LOVELORN and release music on Soundcloud. Lovelorn gave him the chance to put the lyrics to music and to expand his melodic range. At the same time Parker was finding an audience online, quickly becoming a breakout creator on TikTok with his lifestyle and comedy videos, as the app launched.
Parker patiently waited for Caden Shea, his younger brother, to discover his love for guitar so they could do music together. Spending hours perfecting his craft, Caden listened to the music that inspired him most, from indie fuzz rock to the discovery of classic grunge. As early as age 11 Caden was writing dozens of songs, recording them into his iphone in hopes that one day his dream of a real band would materialize. In 2020 Parker banded together with Caden who had, by now, become both a formidable guitar player and songwriter. Olive Vox was born.
During the COVID induced lockdown Parker and Caden developed their sound influenced by psychedelic indie rock pioneer Ty Segall, garage rock, 90s grunge mainstays Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and 2000s Jack White, Cage the Elephant and more. Their Gen Z perspective makes the music they play resonate to an audience searching for a new, yet familiar, sound to embrace.
Olive Vox debuted LIVE at Levitation Festival in Austin, Texas in late October 2021. The band’s self-titled debut album is set for release February 25th.