In general I’m a pretty positive person. I tend to walk around feeling like life is a-okay and for the most part, I like the tunes I fill my ear holes with to reflect that sense of happiness. I know there is a time and a place for deep, introspective songs about heartbreak and loss that you listen to while curled up in bed or belting your face off in your car…but today is not that day. Today, I want to introduce you to Ball Park Music, a six-piece outfit from all the way down under in Brisbane, Australia. These indie-pop Aussies are a bright and shiny addition to my collection of newly discovered favorite bands-of-the-moment and I have a feeling they are soon going to be on everyone’s radar, as well.
Their gem of a single, “It’s Nice To Be Alive”, came out back in 2011 off of their debut full length album Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs but is only now getting attention from blogs and satellite radio in the US. I guess it takes a little while for awesome new jams to make their way across the Pacific. Well, I for one am super happy that they have finally arrived. I loved this song upon first listen…it just has that effervescent, addictive quality that all great catchy singles do. It doesn’t hurt that the upbeat message of the song will brighten your day up in about ten seconds, either.
Did I mention that they also have one of my favorite band attributes of all time…a female bass player? Well, they do and she’s awesome. The whole band seems to mesh perfectly, lead by frontman and main songwriter Sam Cromack, who in 2008, got them all together in somewhat of a happy accident in a university classroom. With clever songwriting and a polished sound for such a young band, I’m guessing Ball Park Music will be setting sail for our American shores pretty soon, and making a huge splash when they do.
Check out the video for ’It’s Nice to Be Alive’ and I’m sure you’ll not only be knocked out by the song itself but by the truly entertaining tongue-in-cheek take on the popular “End of The World” genre. What would you do if a meteor was hurtling towards Earth and bringing our certain demise? Well, if you’re a member of Ball Park Music you’d take a bath in a tub full of beer, eat a giant cake with no hands and chainsaw some watermelons…in other words, enjoy being alive.
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