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The End: Anatole Serret of Parcels

Chicken and Waffles

Dec 07, 2018 Parcels
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To end out the week, we ask Anatole “Toto” Serret of Parcels some questions about endings and death.

Parcels are an Australian five-piece, although they are based in Berlin and have French connections. Back in October they released their self-titled debut album, via Kitsuné/Because Music. Their 2017 single “Overnight” was co-written and co-produced by Daft Punk, although the song isn’t on the album. Serret is Parcels’ drummer and the band also features Louie Swain (synth), Patrick Hetherington (synth), Noah Hill (bass), and Jules Crommelin (guitar), who are all schoolmates from Byron Bay. The band have been compared to The Beach Boys, Chic, and Steely Dan, filtered through modern pop music. The slasher film-themed video for the album’s “Withorwithout” stars actress Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil) and Danish actor Carsten Nørgaard (The Man in the High Castle) as a married couple whose house is invaded by masked murderers (played by the band), while images of Parcels performing the song on TV appear in the background.

Read on as Serret talks about how he’d like to die, what song he’d like performed at his funeral, and his favorite endings to TV shows and movies.

How would you like to die and what age would you like to be?

Not too old, around 65, hopefully in a plane, to finally confront my biggest fear.

What song would you like to be performed at your funeral and who would you like to sing it?

Kanye and Paul McCartney singing “Four Five Seconds.”

What’s your favorite ending to a movie?

Saw 1, when the figure who appears dead for the duration of the film gets up and walks out, closing the door behind him forever.

What’s your favorite last line in a book?

The last line of Breath by Tom Winton:

“More than once since then I’ve wondered whether the life-threatening high jinks that Loonie and I and Sando and Eva got up to in the years of my adolescence were anything more than a rebellion against the monotony of drawing breath.”

What’s your favorite series of a TV show?

Seinfeld, Kramer, George, Elaine together in a jail cell. God bless the mighty Seinfeld.

What’s your favorite last song on an album?

I’m a big fan of last songs that let you know it’s the end of the record, even if it’s in a subtle way. The second half of Abbey Road is a collection of songs that all run into each other in such an intricate way, and then the last song of the second half, I think is called “The End” and it kind of stops for a moment, and transforms into a song that feels like an ending.

What’s your favorite last album by a band who then broke up?

Rules by Whitest Boy Alive. Only two albums by these guys, and both absolutely golden records.

What’s your favorite way a band broke up?

Oasis. Apparently the brothers were supposed to play a show in Paris, and after another massive argument, Noel was a no show.

Whose passing has most affected you?

Jesus Christ, the Lord Our Savior.

If you were on death row, what would you like your last meal to be?

Chicken and waffles, straight up.

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