It is said that all good things come in threes and today Ball Park Music made a triple announcement that is guaranteed to excite their fans: a new single “She Only Loves Me When I’m There”, a National album tour, and the release date for their third album ‘Puddinghead’.
‘Puddinghead’ will be released on Friday 4th April 2014 via Stop Start and Inertia. This new record is the follow up to their 2012 sophomore release, ‘Museum’.
For a taste of what’s to come with Ball Park Music, you can listen to the brand new single “She Only Loves Me When I’m There” here (Soundcloud) and watch a new teaser video for the single here (YouTube).
Unlike the band’s first two albums, which were penned and recorded in between a relentless touring schedule, 2013 provided the first opportunity for the band to write and record in a controlled environment. The result is ‘Puddinghead’, the band’s third album in 24 months, and without doubt their most accomplished to date.
They say the word “puddinghead” is a Shakespearean insult offered to “someone who manages to mess up even the most basic tasks…”
Determined to leave their own print, Ball Park Music opted to self-produce and take the recording of ‘Puddinghead’ into their own hands. Renting a dirt-cheap property in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, they endured the overwhelming heat of their 70s fibro shack, scooped the mud from the doorway, smashed in the broken door, cleaned away the rotten food and insects and recorded to the sweet backdrop of leaky taps, magpies and main roads. It was far from the comforts of a professional recording studio, but somehow it worked.
The first taste of the band’s new material is the lead single “She Only Loves Me When I’m There”. It’s also the opening track on the record and sets the tone for an album that celebrates their underdog leanings and rejoices in the love, loss and banalities of suburban Australian life. The track and album was mixed by Grammy nominated Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, Phoenix, Air, and M83).
This new and exciting chapter for Ball Park Music comes off the back of an incredible three years that's seen them secure two J Award album nominations for previous albums ‘Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs’ and ‘Museum’, a top 10 ARIA debut for ‘Museum’, numerous sold out headline tours alongside becoming one of Australia’s most loved festival bands via performances at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Southbound, Homebake and Big Day Out.
To celebrate the release of ‘Puddinghead’, Ball Park Music is hitting the road for a national tour. The tour will be supported by triple j and Spotify and they will be joined by special guests Papa vs Pretty, Holy Holy (NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC) and Jesse Davidson (TAS, WA, NT, SA).
Tickets on sale Wednesday 12th February
Saturday 15th March – Mountain Sounds Festival
Thursday 3rd April – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 4th April – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra
Saturday 5th April – Metro Theatre, Sydney *ALL AGES
Wednesday 9th April – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
Thursday 10th April – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Friday 11th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday 12th April – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
Sunday 13th April – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane *Under 18s Daytime
Thursday 17th April – Hotel New York, Launceston
Friday 18th April – Butter Factory, Burnie
Saturday 19th April & Sunday 20th April – Republic Bar, Hobart
Thursday 24th April – Astor Theatre, Perth
Friday 25th April – Studio 146, Albany
Saturday 26th April – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Sunday 27th April – Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Wednesday 30th April – Railway Club, Darwin
Friday 2nd May – The Gov, Adelaide * ALL AGES
Saturday 3rd May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne *Under 18s Daytime
Saturday 3rd May & Sunday 4th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne