Players’ bases are loaded
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