Performing under the moniker Päter Iran-born, Toronto-based Parmida Kakavand’s unique brand of indie pop/rock navigates themes like self-discovery and mental health with a lighthearted touch.
After grabbing the attention of listeners internationally by posting original music online, Päter’s debut single ‘Dam, Damn’ racked up over 2,000,000 streams on Spotify alone. Following on the heels of that success, Päter independently released two vibrant EP projects – 2020’s ‘SOLE’, “a six-track EP bursting with fun instrumentation, overlaying catchy vocals, and upbeat vibes” (Elena Childers, Breakthru Radio) and 2022’s “WHEREFORE WEEP I THEN?” a collection of cheeky, whip smart tunes about side-stepping vulnerability in love.
As soon as pandemic restrictions allowed, Päter was off to the races performing shows across Canada and landing NEXT magazine’s featured Indie Rock Artist slot at 2022’s NXNE Festival. Päter’s exuberant, infectious stage presence has gained them a reputation for upbeat and inclusive shows that leave audiences wanting more.
The summer of 2023 has seen Päter back in a big way, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. After two single releases accompanied by self-directed videos – June’s high energy pop-rock piece “Four Walls” and the folk-rock leaning anthem “Nicotine Hallelujah” in July – Päter is back with another song packed with personality and an unshakeable hook.
“Something // Way” (read as Something in the Way) may be Päter’s most straight ahead Alt-Rock track yet, pulling from the musician’s early influences like The Strokes and The Killers. The production brims with ethos from the first note, thrashing and swaying ahead as Päter grapples with their own internal blocks. From Päter, “‘Something // Way’ is a song about stop/starting, feeling stuck, and getting in your own way. It celebrates the rage that comes with attempting to do anything at all but ultimately pushes on without succumbing to it.”
On the production, Päter teamed up with Vancouver-based co-producer Howard Redekopp whose previous work includes Canadian all-stars Tegan & Sara and Mother Mother. This is the second release from the pair’s collaborations following Nicotine Hallelujah, leading to a slated debut LP release from Päter in 2024.