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Australian pop punk's Tamala Park Book Club step into the Spotlight




Tamala Park Book Club is a visual rock band from Perth, Western Australia. They make music inspired by a multitude of different genres, from fast-paced pop-punk to slow indie rock ballads, and some post-hardcore breakdowns in between. They pride themselves on their eccentric stage presence mixed with banter and high-energy performances.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW SINGLE

“Ginger” is a song that idolises people with red hair. It’s a song that shows our love for the people with the hair colour. We deliberately did not mention gender in the song, as we believe all people, regardless of gender, are beautiful, especially if they have ginger hair. Growing up we loved characters with red hair, from Ed Sheeran, Daphne Blake, Kim Possible and the incomparable Nigel Thornberry.





WHICH SONG WOULD YOU SAY SUMS UP YOUR SOUND THE BEST

If we had to choose any of our own songs, it would be our song “Soap”. Catchy melodies, fast-paced verses, melancholic bridge, what’s not to love?


HOW DID YOU GET INTO MUSIC?

We all got into music at various different stages of our lives. The band formed when Patrick reached out to Craig one fateful night asking if he wanted to join a Visual Kei band. Craig said “sure why not” and then we recruited Daniel Harvey from a previous group Patrick was friends with, and Marcel from the World Wide Web of Facebook music groups. We all believe music is a passion and outlet for our creativity, and a great object for therapy and getting closure.



WHAT DOES TYPICAL WRITING AND RECORDING DAY LOOK LIKE?

We get together, play a riff, write a song around it, write some chords, a drum beat, then get those vocal melodies down. Then once we record the demo it’s time to hit the real booths. We get to the recording studio, smash out the drums and the guitars. Take five to get lunch and talk a lot of smack. Then we get the vocals done last. They really love to push Craig and Patrick to the limits of their vocal range.


HOW DID YOU GET YOUR BAND NAME?

Patrick and Craig came up with the name. In their home town of the Perth northern suburbs, there is a magical place called Tamala Park, the local rubbish tip. We were set on the idea of the “book club,” stemming from Craig and Pat’s insatiable love for the written word, and the fact Craig is a huge book nerd. But we thought we could be funny by calling ourselves trashy as well. It’s a funny in-joke for our loyal Perth fans.


WHAT HAS BEEN THAT HARDEST THING ABOUT YOUR MUSIC JOURNEY SO FAR?

COVID 19 was something that really slowed us down, then the loss of a lot of live music venues in Perth we used to frequent. Breaking into the scene is hard but we are trying to push through and persevere.


WHAT'S BEEN THE EASIEST?

Getting along with each other has been the easiest. We all have similar sense of humour and whilst our music tastes don’t always align, we believe that makes the song-writing process much more interesting. It’s how we get our unique and varied sound.


WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN'T MAKING MUSIC?

Craig’s already fulfilling his life of being a teacher whilst making music. But Patrick would probably be a pilot by now, Marcel would probably be an artist or a baker. And Dan would follow his love for photography more closely.


WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

The best advice we have been given is probably got to be “make sure you do vocal warm ups and exercise regularly.” But a close second is “write for the fans you have now whilst improving your sound to bring in fans for the future”.


WHAT'S NEXT?

We have a new album coming out soon. We have been releasing singles from the album every couple of months to hype up our debut album’s release. Watch this space for our next single!


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