Florida-based rock band Palm Trees & Power Lines fuses high-energy pop and punk, like the perfectly off-balanced offspring of Fall Out Boy and 5 Seconds of Summer. The band (a.k.a. PTPL) started playing together in 2012 and features Florida natives Josh Cravey (vocals/guitar), Shafer Tasso (vocals/guitar), Kyle Bailey (bass) and Christian Parrales (drums).
Palm Trees & Power Lines released their first EP, High Hopes, in November 2013. Well received, the band gained local notoriety before fans thrust them into the national spotlight by voting them to play the 2014 Vans Warped Tour show in Orlando. This caught the attention of rock station X102.9, who further promoted the band in a series of on-air interviews, along with Internet radio’s Fearless Radio, Pup Fresh and The Quinn Spin.
Then, in May 2015, PTPL repeated their fan-driven success when High Hopes’ ‘Listen’ was chosen as the Song of the Year for the PGA Tour’s THE PLAYERS Championship, with the music and video serving as the foundation for the tournament’s national advertising campaign. Their second album, Animalistic, was released later that month.
PTPL followed up with more high-profile appearances, opening up for acts like Panic! at the Disco, AWOLNation, and 311. The band was again voted onto the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, this time onto the Jacksonville date. PTPL has been featured on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates, numerous print media, and even music industry titans Ernie Ball and Blackstar Amplification have talked about the rise of PTPL on their own social media channels.
Visit Palm Trees & Power Lines at www.palmtreesandpowerlines.com or connect via Facebook (@PalmTreesAndPowerLines), Twitter and Instagram (@PTPLBand).
Josh Cravey – Guitar/Vocals –
Josh has been playing electric guitar since 11 years old and pursued music ever since. He first started a traditional hard rock band, then an alternative band, but never found serious musicians who would help participate until he helped form Palm Trees & Power Lines. His favorite hobbies include beach-going, longboarding, and video games. His favorite bands are blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, Yellowcard, New Found Glory, and Quietdrive.
Kyle Bailey – Bass Guitar –
Kyle has been playing bass since he was 14. He joined Palm Trees & Power Lines in April of 2011 after meeting Josh at Winter Jam 2010. His hobbies include video games, baseball, skateboarding, and talking to girls… His favorite bands are blink-182, The Story So Far, Bowling for Soup, and Better Luck Next Time.
Shafer Tasso – Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals –
Shafer joined in August of 2012 to help PTPL achieve a better sound with an extra guitarist. He started playing guitar at 13, but also sings, plays piano, drums, and bass. He draws, plays Pokemon (as we all do), and surfs. Shafer’s favorite bands are Avenged Sevenfold, The Story So Far, A Day To Remember, Sum 41, The Killers, and Pierce the Veil.
Christian Parrales – Drums –
Christian joined PTPL in January 2016. He’s been actively playing drums since he was 11, but can also play guitar and bass. He also enjoys playing video games as a hobby. Christian’s favorite bands are Underoath, Green Day, and A Day To remember. Drummers that influenced him are Aaron Gillespie, Ilan Rubin, Tre Cool, and Dave Grohl.
Follow him on Instagram: @chrisptpl
Follow him on Twitter: @Chris_PTPL