Play­ers’ bases are loaded

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

OT con­tent with re­leas­ing only one al­bum in a year, indie rock­ers Ball Park Mu­sic have just dropped their sec­ond in 12 months.

Now the Bris­bane five­piece are head­ing off on their big­gest tour to date to co­in­cide with the re­lease of Mu­seum, the fol­low up to Hap­pi­ness and Sur­round­ing Sub­urbs.

Drum­mer Daniel Han­son says the band – and specif­i­cally lead singer and front­man Sam Cro­mack – were never short of ma­te­rial.

He says Cro­mack is­sued the band a chal­lenge to re­lease an­other al­bum in 12 months.

‘‘We had been jam­ming a lot and found we had a lot of songs that we were proud of, to in­clude on the al­bum,’’ he says.

‘‘In a lot of ways, our mu­sic has been de­scribed as ‘‘fun times’’ or ‘‘happy’’ mu­sic, which it def­i­nitely is – but on this record, I think there are some ten­der songs, a bit more ex­ploratory, but fun­da­men­tally just some­thing we hope peo­ple en­joy lis­ten­ing to.’’

With such a hec­tic tour­ing sched­ule in­clud­ing ap­pear­ances at the sold-out 180 Tour in April, a spot at Groovin the Moo fes­ti­val and a stand-out set on the main stage at Splen­dour in the Grass in July, the band some­how found time to record the new al­bum and plan the tour.

Han­son says the band are look­ing for­ward to com­ing back to the Coast.

‘‘When we first started out, we were ob­vi­ously play­ing a lot of lo­cal gigs so it’s al­ways awe­some to come back and play lo­cal shows,’’ he says. ‘‘We have had so much sup­port over the last few years and the feed­back so far from the new al­bum has been re­ally pos­i­tive.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing some of our new stuff this time around.’’

Ball Park Mu­sic will be joined by Mel­bourne five­piece Loon Lake, last year’s Triple J Next Crop act. The band has just fin­ished a sold-out head­line tour in sup­port of its re­cently re­leased EP Thirty Three.

Ball Park Mu­sic and Loon Lake play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel tonight. Doors open 8pm.

Ball Park Mu­sic emabrk on their big­gest tour yet

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