This Is Fake DIY

Interview// Theme Park

“To go in and work on all of the songs at once is completely different,” explains Miles Haughton of London’s Theme Park, when asked about the recording process of their debut album. The band’s last meeting with DIY took place just a couple of months back, when the four-piece were residing in their Hackney studio, still in the midst of recording their debut album. So to hear, soon after, that “it’s pretty much done. Now we’re just getting the album cover sorted and all of that stuff,” came as quite a delight – considering that the band only has a handful of single releases to their name, thus far.

“It was weird, I mean we haven’t done an album before,” continues the band’s illustrious front man. “So all of our other experience of recording was like – just going in and focussing on one song for a single, and that.” But although the outfit’s back catalogue consists of a mere few singles, they obviously seem to be doing something right. But when asked of his opinion as to why it may be that they have resonated so much, the modest reply of – “Well, I hope that we resonate with people”

“I think we write upbeat songs, at least for me. So when I listen to music I quite like to be cheered up. So that might me a reason that people like it. And I think that when I sit down to write a song, I try to write one to make myself happy. So if you’ve got a bit of that, it may be what people like.”

And whatever the reason may be, whether Haughton can see it or not, the hype over the band’s forthcoming single, ‘Jamaica’, is not something that happens too often, especially for a band that have only been present for such a small amount of time.

Not to mention their forthcoming support run with Bloc Party, following an agenda of scheduled shows that are completely sold-out, bar just one or two. And what’s even better is that the attendees of these shows will receive an insight into the LP.

“Depending on where people saw us last, there should be at least two new songs they haven’t heard. Maybe even three.”

But before then, the quartet will play at their beloved Reading & Leeds festivals. And although Haughton finds the build up to festivals shows “really stressful as you don’t know what to expect and there’s no sound check, and you don’t know who’s going to turn up,” there’s also the reassurance that “some of our best shows have been festival sets, this summer.”

“We’ve been lucky with the turn out. Reading and Leeds is going to be special, I mean for all of us, that was our first ever festival that we went to when we were younger, so that’s going to be cool.” So a perfect way to end a phenomenal summer for Theme Park. The band may have only been around for a year, but what a ride it has been. And with the release of their first full-length release on its way, the next twelve months look to be just as thrilling.

 

Jonathan Hatchman

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