Emerging Artists #24 – Theme Park
August 3, 2011 by Chris Cummins
There’s a t-shirt out there which goes along the lines of ‘I’m into bands that have not even formed yet’ and when listening to Theme Park, and now writing about them, I kind of get that feeling. But, I guess this is the state of music today – no sooner does a band put out a couple of tracks on Soundcloud they are lauded around the internet as ‘the next big thing’. But, when you listen to the rich tropical rhythms Theme Park weave you quickly realise why the internet’s obsession with breaking bands as soon as they appear is so fucking great – once in a while those blog kids just get it right…
Standard first question; how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?
Marcus: Well, Miles and I are twins so we’ve known each other for a while… We’re all Londoners, we met Oscar at primary school and Louis at secondary school and always played stuff together. It was a no-brainer.
Miles: Me and Marcus have been playing music together since we were able to. We’re all into similar stuff so it came together very organically really.
What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?
Miles: It’s a combination of things, I think we wanted to make something that sounded cool, and had a groove to it, as well as being catchy.
Oscar: I think we just try and express interesting musical ideas as clearly as possible.
What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?
Marcus : To record our demos at home we use Logic and when we’ve been recording with Ben (FrYars) we’ve been using Ableton! There isn’t a particular reason behind the choices apart from the both have great sounds and plugins!
Where was the band’s first show and what was it like?
We haven’t done a show yet, ask us again after the 31st of August!
What’s been your favourite gig you’ve played?
We played with Mumford & Sons before as another band, which was loads of fun and a great experience.
What bands/artists are you into at the moment?
Marcus: We’re really into Summer Camp, we did some recording with Jeremy Warmsley recently and heard some of their new stuff, which is sounding excellent!
What can people expect when they come to your live shows?
Miles: Hopefully people will dance and nod their heads but who knows… I guess it depends on how good the show is!
If you could get one band to reform who would it be?
Oscar: It would be pretty great to see Orange Juice.
Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?
Louis: Nothing is confirmed yet I’m afraid but were getting lots of songs together at the moment with the view to putting one together in the not too distant future!
What’s up next for the band?
Miles: I guess what’s next is more gigs and getting ready for our first show and single launch!