What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Music was something Graham has always wanted to do as long as he can remember, and growing up he constantly surrounded himself with music. Graham started Sad Park in high school and now the band has grown to where we are now! Members are Graham (guitar/vocals), Sam (bass), Kyle (guitar), and Grant (drums). We’ve released 2 EP’s, our first album “Sleep”, and our NEW SINGLE “I Should”! We are Sad Park from Los Angeles.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“I Should” is our new single! It also will be track 6 on our new upcoming album. We started recording “I Should” almost a year ago, so it feels great for it to finally be released. We’ve been lucky enough to have had access to a beautiful studio in Hollywood, but getting studio time was a rarity and honestly pretty random too. Some days we wouldn’t know we had a session until the day of! We wanted our new music to sound as great as it possibly could, so we worked on it very patiently, waiting until we could finish our recordings in the best way possible.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Some Artists who are HUGE inspirations to us as a band are Jeff Rosenstock, Prince Daddy and the Hyena, Together Pangea, PUP, The Pixies, and Nirvana. Their music has meant a lot to us both as a band and individually. It’s also awesome to watch newer artists who have meant so much to us become more and more successful over the years and grow as artists.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Sad Park’s sound is unique because we are influenced and inspired by all kinds of different music. Each member has been brought up learning and playing music differently, which allows for a sound that is uniquely our own. When we write music, each member is usually listening to completely different music at the time. Graham could be listening to very heavy hardcore, while grant is listening to something more soft or groovy. Its differences like this that allow us to try and mix all sorts of different sounds together into a song, and try to create something new and special.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
-WORRY. by Jeff Rosenstock
-Quebec by Ween
-channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean
-The Place Beyond the Pines
-Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
-The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
-Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Can you tell there’s a fan in the band?)
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
We love performing live, our fans are truly amazing. There’s nothing like feeling the energy that they give back to us at a show, and seeing their reactions to our music that we’ve put so much heart into. We always try and put on the best show we can, and leave it all out there on the stage. It’s the best feeling in the world.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
One time we played a warehouse show in Las Vegas, which happened to share a lot with a warehouse owned by a local biker gang. We found that out pretty quickly! They were out in the lot and out in the street. A couple of them eventually started acting like bouncers and blocked off the gate for people to get into the lot where our show was. We got them to leave eventually and all was fine, but wasn’t something we were planning on dealing with that night!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Insomnia off of our album “Sleep”. The drums change a lot throughout the song, and it has an ending that definitely comes out of left field. It’s not one of our top streamed songs, but it’s an awesome live song, and the crowd reactions we always get from it are always fun.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Our sophomore album will be coming out this year! And our new single “I Should” will be on it. We’ll also be going on a tour to support the album, which we are stoked for. Other than that, we just want to play as many shows as we can, continue connecting with all our fans, and share our music with as many new people as possible! We’re so excited for you all to hear our new music.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Favorite song off your upcoming album?
Graham: Track 1
Its definitely our most unique song on the album. It’s kind of an all over the place song, and definitely doesn’t follow any verse/chorus song structure. It just goes from Point A to Point B and hits lots of little moments in between.
Grant: Track 12
It grooves SO HARD and the song does a lot of things your not expecting a Sad Park song to do, especially with some of the breakdowns. It also always sounds good when we play it live as a band. A true showing that its a good song!
Sam: Track 1
This song is really an awesome opening track for the album. It does a great job of setting the tone for what you’re going to hear on the rest of the project. It’s definitely a roller coaster ride of a track!
Kyle: Track 4
This whole song is just high energy. It also was the last song we wrote for the album! We got stuck on writing a final track for the album, so it felt great to finally have a break through with a song that actually ended up being a favorite.
Photo credits: Katherine Cermeno
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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