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Rare British gig for Australian combo
Australian five-piece Ball Park Music mark the UK release of their latest album with a one-off gig in London.
The band will perform at The Lexington in Pentonville Road, Islington, on June 1, the day Puddinghead, their third album, is released in Britain.
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Hailing from Brisbane, Ball Park Music comprises Sam Cromack (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Jennifer Boyce (bassist/backing vocals), Paul Furness (keys/trombone and twins Dean and Daniel Hanson (rhythm guitar and drums respectively).
Puddinghead is mainly all the band's own work – as well as performing they recorded and produced it themselves. Frontman Sam Cromack took on the roles of producer and engineer, with the songs being recorded in a super-cheap 'fibro shack' in Brisbane's northern suburbs. It was only near the end of the process that Grammy- nominated mixing engineer Tony Hoffer was recruited to help complete their hard work.
Their efforts have been rewarded with a great reaction from listeners and reviewers. As well as having three songs in Aussie radio stationTriple J's Hottest 100 of 2014, Puddinghead was also Spotify's #9 most streamed Australian album of 2014 and #2 Triple J Listener's Top Albums of last year. It reached number two in the Australian charts on its release in April 2014.
The album is now beginning to go global having been released in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in February. The band also performed recently at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Going global: Ball Park Music
The band met when studying music at university and released debut album Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs in 2011. This was followed by 2012's Museum.
They have become hot property on Australia's live music scene and on Puddinghead they have tried to capture on disc some of their in-concert energy.
The music on the album reflects many of the group's favourite artists, including Talking Heads, Nirvana, The Doors, Bruce Springsteen and Vampire Weekend. There is also a nod to Weezer, an outfit Ball Park Music supported on their 2013 Australian tour.
And the album's title? Apparently 'Puddinghead' was a Shakespearean insult, the sort of name that would have been angrily bellowed at someone unable to do a simple task properly. So it seems a strangely inappropriate moniker for Ball Park Music's most successful record to date.