The Car Park Social EP Download
Esperance’s alt-rock four-piece Car Park Social return with their socially charged self-titled EP accompanied by a visually stunning video for the focus single ‘The Captain And The Queen’, both slotted for release on Saturday 20 February 2021.
While drawing on familiar, yet pertinent themes, the collection reflects a deep sense of unease and urgency about the state of the world. The four-track EP is lyrically driven by the apprehension and uncertainty surrounding climate change on a base thematic level while each song analyses the topic from different points of view. Like the everchanging currents of the Southern Ocean the songs drift gently and harmoniously together and then charge relentlessly into their own formations.
Opening the EP with the hard hitting single ‘Blind’, this track is packed full of intensity and analyses society’s understanding and impacts of climate change; while ‘Here Come The Kids’ takes a softer route musically, drawing on the likes of Cream, Led Zeppelin and Tame Impala for inspiration, it addresses the economic situation of the country and how current policy and actions will impact future generations.
“Swirling rock n roll in the spirit of your classic rock songwriters but channelling some of that coastal Ocean Alley energy too” - *** ½ – Tommy Faith, triple j Unearthed Executive Producer.
Focus single ‘The Captain And The Queen’ ebbs and flows in intensity like the tide with seesawing countermelodies that compliment lead vocalist Daniel Seinor’s effortless, yet stunning vocal performance as he examines climate change as an individual and the overwhelming influence this theme can have on one’s behaviours, in particular amongst family and friends. ‘Put It To Rest’ brings the EP to a close with distorted and overdriven dynamics to wake and shake the indifferent, capturing the bands frustration at the state of society.
This EP captures the seasoned and thoughtful song writing of the band as a whole, with a freshness inspired by new musical beginnings brought on through the recording process.
Car Park Social didn’t record in your typical recording studio, 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.
The EP was recorded by Meynell, Goddard and Edmondson, with ‘Blind’ and ‘Here Come The Kids’ mixed and mastered by Goddard and Foxhole Studios’ Chad Blondel while ‘Put It To Rest’ and ‘The Captain And The Queen’ were mixed by Blondel alone. 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 accompanying video for focus single ‘The Captain And The Queen’ is visually stunning and captures the Goldfields landscape and the Coolgardie Railway Station as a continuation of the bands recording experience – helping viewers really understand the iconic station and its surrounds. Directed and produced by Jamie Sher (Spacecan) with assistance from Travis Klymiuk-Mcilroy (Traec), Sher explains their process behind filming:
"We basically landed in the desert with Car Park Social and a camera. The idea was to film whatever we could and then bring the train station back to life as if it was to be in the 1800s. We used a number of techniques, one called photogrammetry to capture the big old train that’s there, we then found some plans for the train station, made a model of it and put the Car Park Social guys in it.”
This t-shirt has been released as part of our debut EP project. It has been designed by Ashley Doodkorte: graphic design guru and drum maestro (of Voyager and The Floors fame). It incorporates elements of the rugged Western Australian Goldfields landscape where our EP was recorded, surrounding the iconic "roo" sculpture that was forged by our good friend Jason Wooldridge (of Esperance Sculpture Works). If you live in the Esperance region, contact us directly to purchase a t-shirt to avoid shipping costs!