Bris­bane band Ball Park Mu­sic spent nine months in a fi­bro shack craft­ing their soon to be re­leased third al­bum, Pud­ding­head

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Self-suf­fi­cient Bris­bane band Ball Park Mu­sic went the DIY route to make their new al­bum, shun­ning big-name pro­duc­ers and the comfy con­fines of an ex­pen­sive record­ing stu­dio to do things their own way – in a less-thanglam­orous set­ting.

The group rented a dirtcheap house in the Bris­bane sub­urbs, smashed in the (al­ready bro­ken) door, cleaned away the rot­ten food and in­sects and set up their gear.

They emerged from the swel­ter­ing fi­bro shack nine months later with their third al­bum, Pud­ding­head, and a sense of achieve­ment front­man Sam Cro­mack hadn’t felt with the band’s pre­vi­ous record­ings.

“We started look­ing in the outer sub­urbs where there’s lots of run-down houses, and we found a place,’’ Cro­mack ex­plains.

“We were the only people at the in­spec­tion be­cause it was so sh--. So we got it, and stayed there for nine months in the end. We spent lots and lots of time there work­ing on the record. It was a re­ally fun and dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When the record la­bel sent me a fin­ished copy and I held it in my hands I thought ‘Holy sh--, we did it! This time last year it was just a pipedream, and now it’s in my hands and it’s gonna get re­leased in a cou­ple of weeks.’’

“It’s kinda nice to have those mo­ments from time to time, when you re­flect on some­thing you’ve done and feel like you’ve ac­com­plished some­thing.

“I def­i­nitely felt that with this record more than I had on the oth­ers, so hope­fully that trans­lates in to the record be­ing de­cent.’’

Pud­ding­head is the third al­bum re­leased by Ball Park Mu­sic – Cro­mack, Jennifer Boyce (bass), Paul Fur­ness (key­boards, trom­bone), Dean Han­son (gui­tar) and Daniel Han­son (drums) – in just 24 months, fol­low­ing on from their J Award-nom­i­nated 2011 de­but Hap­pi­ness and Sur­round­ing Sub­urbs and their 2012 fol­low-up Mu­seum, which de­buted in the top 10 of the ARIA chart.

“I think I’ll al­ways con­tinue to write a lot,’’ Cro­mack says of his pro­lific song­writ­ing. “And that urge to record and re­lease ev­ery­thing will al­ways be there.

“The only thing that starts to change over time is that you start to put a bit more strat­egy into each record.’’ Ball Park Mu­sic, Papa vs Pretty and Holy Holy play Coolan­gatta Ho­tel tonight.

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