Friday, 24 August 2012

Ball Park Music release “Museum”… their not so difficult second album

Sometimes a second album just appears effortless.  In what seems like no time at all, Brisbane’s Ball Park Music is proud to announce the impending release of their second full-length album Museum on October 5.

Artists, traditionally, take their time delivering a follow-up to a well-received debut. The first album is typically a culmination of a lifetime of songwriting, albeit a short one, and then if all goes according to plan, a hectic touring schedule ensues. Ball Park Music is no exception to this rule - their debut album Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs was released less than 12 months ago, the album delivered two songs in this year’s Hottest 100 - ‘It’s Nice To Be Alive’ and ‘All I Want Is You’ - and a month or so earlier earned the title of triple j’s Unearthed Artist Of The Year at the J Awards – an award previously won by the likes of Boy And Bear and The Middle East.  In support of the high acclaim the album received, the band completed numerous tours culminating in a sold out 30 date tour and a prime spot of this year’s Groovin The Moo national run of dates, an opportunity they grabbed with both hands and confirmed them as one of Australia’s must-see outfits.

Their inclusion on the line-up for this year’s Splendour in The Grass would normally signify the closing of this chapter, but the well-intact Ball Park Music ambition awarded the five-piece not only a must-see performance, but also one of the biggest crowds of any local during the three-day musical extravaganza. The set was a veritable best of selection and featured three brand new songs – including current single ‘Surrender’ – and received a live airing on the day thanks to triple j, which was again featured as the first aired Live at the Wireless recorded at Splendour the following week.

But rather than closing the book at this junction, Ball Park Music chose to immediately leap into the next chapter by delivering a brand new single ‘Surrender’ to media that week. ‘Surrender’ immediately picked up triple j support and became the number one most played track on the station a week later.

Inspired by the swift turn around in which the likes of The Beatles would deliver new records every six to 12 months, frontman Sam Cromack issued his band of cohorts a challenge to release another album within the year of Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs.  However, being the prolific perfectionist Cromack is, the album bears no resemblance of something rushed. Museum is an assured and cohesive piece like no other Ball Park Music release before, making good on the promise shown ever since their debut EP in 2010.

The first single ‘Surrender’ taken from Museum is out now.


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