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