Theme Park might not even like their namesake that much, but they’re riding the rollercoaster to summery indie-pop stardom anyway. Wonderland sat down with the boys ahead of their sold-out Monday headliner at Birthdays in London.
Two members of the band are brothers – in fact, twins. How did the rest of you slide into formation?
Well, we met Oscar who is the non-twin at primary school, and have been playing together in a few different projects for quite a while now. It evolved quite easily.
For anyone that hasn’t yet heard any of your indie delights, how would you describe the sound that you guys create?
We make ‘ambient pop music’.
Is it a conscious effort and a compromise to create the overall Theme Park sound? Do band members ever come to blows over wanting to take the band into a different direction?
Generally, we all head in the same direction musically. Who knows what will happen in the future though.
Your new single ‘Jamaica’ is released next week. What can we expect from the full length record?
A album of pop supersongs.
You’re playing a horde of summer festivals this year including Latitude last week. What can we expect from your live shows?
Expect lots of dancing! Probably quite a few ladies and lots of fun.
If you could play at any venue in the world, where would it be?
Kew Gardens would be fun. Either there or in a hot air balloon.
You’re touring a fair amount at the minute and playing alongside a lot of other bands. Who are you championing at the minute?
Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, the Playstation 2 game? What’s your ultimate theme park?
Ironically enough we don’t really like theme parks. Our favourite amusement park is Legoland.
What else does the remainder of the year have in store for you guys?
We’re going on tour with Bloc Party, and doing some touring of our own. It should be a fun year!
Jamaica is out on 20 August. themeparkband.com
Words: Shane Hawkins