Kicking off in 2008, Ball Park Music has managed to produce four successful studio albums, take out triple j Unearthed Artist of the Year, has been on the bill for countless festivals, and played alongside some of the greats … With the release of their new album set to drop in the New Year, wrap your ears around the fresh track, Exactly How You Are, and get yourself pumped to see this cracking band in action at FOTSUN …
FOCUS caught up with front man Sam Cromack, to chat all things Ball Park Music.
With the release of your brand new single, Exactly How You Are, being so well received, have you set a date for the album release?
No set date for the album release just yet. It’ll be out early next year.
Currently sitting at number three on triple j’s most played list right now must be a bit of a buzz …
For sure. You get a few records deep, and it’s easy to start worrying that people have stopped listening. It’s been a huge buzz to have this new single so well received.
What vibe has been set for the album?
We never begin a record with any set concept or goals; we just start writing and recording and see what happens. For me, an album is just the best collection of songs you could compile within a certain time frame.
Sure, there always ends up being a particular vibe, but it’s rarely strategic. That said, I think the vibe on the new record is pretty positive. There’s a lot of energy and colour. The songwriting is sounding more confident.
You’ve freshly announced a national tour, and FOTSUN is first cab off the rank. What is it about our coastal festival you’re pumped about most?
Well, we’ve never played at FOTSUN before and I don’t think we’ve ever even done a show in Port Macquarie.
It’s always cool to play in a place for the first time. We’ll be excited and won’t know what to expect.
I have kept my eye on FOTSUN for a number of years; I’ve always thought they pull a good line up.
With countless hits, it must be hard to put your finger on one, but what is your favourite song to perform and why?
It’s always changing. At this point, I’m feeling way more excited to perform some of the songs on the new record. But you don’t know them yet! You’ll have to wait and see.
How do you like to spend your down time?
Blowing all my money on expensive café breakfasts.
Check out the new single, Exactly How You Are – visit www.ballparkmusic.com
For those astronauts who set their iCal reminder, they will be getting down to the Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park over the 7th, 8th and 9th of December, with an out of this world line up you would be devastated to miss.
FOTSUN Festival Director and Spaceship Captain Simon Luke said, “It is great to see that punters are loving what we’ve put together for them, with tickets selling out so quickly! We are stoked with the line up, theme and vibes FOTSUN is known for, and we are keen to see everyone having a great time again this year.”
Keep your eye on fotsun.com for set times, which will be released later this year.
Remember cadets, FOTSUN will again be offering a free shuttle bus service if you live within a 10 km radius of the festival grounds and aren’t staying on-site.
It is time to gear up, as punters this year will boldly go where no man has gone before.
See you in Port Macquarie, crew.
Be sure to catch Ball Park Music while at FOTSUN on December 7th, 8th and 9th.