Interview: Theme Park
Since chancing upon rising internet superstars Theme Park several months ago (or did we know ALL ALONG? MWAAAAHAAAHAAAAR), the four tropical-beats-obsessed young guns from London have been gettin’ busy living by pushing two brand new tracks onto the buzz melting pot in form of new single A Mountain We Love and Wax, and have picked up a shitload of fans along the way. We have since surmised that these lads are in fact the resultant love children between key members of Friendly Fires and Bombay Bicycle Club, and would now even go so far to prophesy that it will not be long at all before the band are snapped up to a big deal with a big music company in lieue of their debut show at The Lexington on 31st August. We will accept bets to that effect, especially if you’ve a few hundy-mill laying around that you may have recently won from an EU-wide competition. We also found enough time to pull our noses out of the buttholes of Miles, Marcus, Oscar and Louis, in order to ask them those very same wonderfully-insightful and personal questions that you’re clearly dying to know the answers to. So put your feet up, ignore all that horrible tragic shit that seems to be endemic in the media right now for just a few moments, and heed these magical words…
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
[Miles]: Hello hi-brow readership! We’re Theme Park. It’s me, Oscar, Marcus and Louis.
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
[Marcus]: Hmm, the Beach House record was great…
[Miles]: And the Kanye album, either of those!
[Marcus]: Actually, just realised Beach House was January 2010, but I think we’ll bend the rules!
KM: While we have our doubts about the temporal accuracy of your statement, Marcus (in relation to you JUST realising that minor detail mere moments after you typed your original answer), we will allow it by reasons of (a) the Beach House record was indeed great and (b) while we don’t necessarily agree with Kanye, by God we wish we were him.
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
[Miles]: I’m gonna go for LCD Soundsystem at Bestival, even though it was the last thing of the whole festival and I’d run out of money and alcohol, so I was hungry and very sober and everyone else was really smashed. But it was still amazing.
[Oscar]: Sufjan Stevens at the Royal Festival Hall was just insane, crazy show.
KM: From the sounds of your musical tastes, we’d probably get on. Consider us chums from now on.
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
[Miles]: This chap ran into my leg today. We had kinda like a game of chicken. I was crossing the road and he was driving, and no-one flinched and he just drove slowly into my leg as I crossed. I think a moon would have been a good response!
[Oscar]: I don’t want to moon anyone! I’m not a mooner.
[Marcus]: I’ll opt for the person who ran Miles over.
[Oscar]: I don’t want to be boring! I want to be a mooner after all! I’ll moon Jarvis Cocker for getting Michael Jackson.
KM: Looks like you succumb to e-peer pressure far too easily, Oscar me old mucker. Stick by your guns. You don’t have to moon if you don’t wanna, although once we heard how riveting the experience is we have since done it on the reg. Miles – this one’s for you matey...
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
[Marcus]: It’s a Sin, Pet Shop Boys.
[Miles]: Handel, Sarabande.
[Oscar]: Mozart’s Requiem Aeternam.
[Louis]: Something really long, like the Ring Cycle, to bide me some time.
KM: Bloody hell, don’t all shout out long-ass classical compositions at once. Although these are probably the most unexpected responses we’ve had in, well, ever. This one goes to Louis, by way of thanks for joining in the folly.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Dark side of the moon.
KM: WHICH ONE OF YOU SAID THAT???
A Mountain We Love/Wax is released on 29th August via ParadYse Records
Thanks to Lewis O’Toole @ Radar Maker