Inching ever closer to the imminent release of their debut EP, Esperance locals Car Park Social are set to dropped their second single, ‘Here Come The Kids’ on Thursday January 28. While their heavy hitting alt rock first single ‘Blind’ seemed set to cut straight to the core, ‘Here Come The Kids’ sits somewhere between Cream, Led Zeppelin and Tame Impala. Taking a softer route, it leads you cruising along the coast with the top down on a warm summer day. “I recorded a rough demo for the guys, and they were digging it, but then COVID hit hard. It wasn’t until well later in the year when we started jamming together again, that we pulled the song together” explains lead guitarist Paul Ricciardo. The last song written before the band entered the studio, it became the most collaborative songwriting effort for the four- piece. While the rough structure of Ricciardo’s demo stayed the same, input came from the whole band; from Dan Senior’s vocal hooks and Scott White’s lead bass outro, through to Jon Carlson’s dynamic drumming and structural changes; all were necessary to make ‘Here Come The Kids’ the lush summer vibe you’re listening to today. Never one to shy away from big issues, lyricist Seinor found himself addressing the economic situation Australia found itself in and how current policy and actions will impact future generations... “I wrote the lyrics for the song during the time when the Australian government was devising methods to kick-start the economy after COVID-19 had shut everything down. After the devastating Australian bushfires of the 2019-2020 summer, and the promised ‘shift’ towards renewable energy sources, the initial suggestions to fire up the economy ironically all involved gas exploration and infrastructure.” Set to soaring bass lines, dynamic drums and layered guitars, Seinor croons: “Here come the kids to inherit this mess that we’ve made...”
Car Park Social hit the end of 2020 with their alt rock, heavy hitting single “Blind”, set for release Thursday 10 December 2020.
While 2020 has been a tough year for many, Car Park Social are so grateful to be living in Western Australia and reflect on their fortune in living in this wonderful state where, to date, the impact of COVID-19 has been minimal. The minimal impact meant the Esperance based four-piece were able to enter the studio in October and lay down tracks for their forthcoming EP, due to be released in early 2021.
Car Park Social didn’t record in your typical recording studio however, rather it was the historic Coolgardie Railway Station that housed the band, deep in the heart of the Goldfields of regional WA. It was through linking up with Barefoot Bands, a volunteer organisation that works with regional and remote communities through mentoring, teaching and recording programs, that the band were able to access this iconic site. The brainchild of Karnivool lead guitarist Drew Goddard, Brenton Meynell of SevenHurtz and WA music stalwart and WAM Board Member Chris Edmondson, Car Park Social drew on the years of experience that these legends making up Barefoot Bands had to offer in the recording of their EP, and the synergy between band and mentors is evident.
Recorded by Meynell and Goddard, and mixed and mastered by Goddard and Foxhole Studios Chad Blondel, lead guitarist Paul Ricciardo of Car Park Social speaks about the experience:
“We couldn’t have come up with a better creative scenario,” says Ricciardo. “A lock-in session in a historic train station in the middle of the Goldfields, with a bunch of music industry stalwarts leading the way. This EP is about linking regions and forging friendships through the medium of making music.”
The first peek into their EP, ‘Blind’ packs it in with intensity, while providing dynamic relief found in their self-described ‘underwater-dreaming’ bridge. Lyrically driven by the anxiety and uncertainty felt by many surrounding climate change, the single analyses society’s understanding of the issue and its impacts.
Let Car Park Social immerse you into their alt-rock vision with new single “Blind”.
This recording project is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries through the Contemporary Music Fund.