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Park Rd: Control

April 24, 2021

Coming off the back of the release of their debut EP ‘Sandcastles,’ and the release of their single ‘Golden’ the five-piece Auckland band continue to hit their stride with the release of their new single ‘Control.’

‘Control’ is a moody indie-pop song injected with a strong sense of nostalgia. The opening keyboard chords mixed with lead singer Tom Chamberlain’s warm vocal stylings draw the listener in. The two-guitar attack gives the song a nice, full sound. The chorus has a strong pop vocal hook to it, that along with the catchy instrumental demands you to groove to it. 

Speaking on the song, Tom Chamberlain has said: “It’s about new beginnings. In the song, I’m waking up from a dull, muddy period of my life and feeling like I’m seeing things for the first time. I’m rediscovering my wonder.” 

The accompanying video, created by Connor Pritchard and with thanks to NZ On Air, was shot on Super8 motion film around Auckland. The video fits the nostalgic, moody tone of the single perfectly. The video was shot exclusively at night, and the grainy camera effect highlights the sense of kinship between the band. 

Lead guitarist Angus Hampton Carr has said that Park Rd is about being together, as a band and with the community around them. “We put a lot of love into our songs and we have a lot of fun writing them as a band, but the highlight for me is the being able to play shows and feel everyone there coming together and having a blast with something we created.”

Following a sell-out show at Whammy Bar in December last year, the 5-piece are ready to hit the stage for an all-ages show at The Tuning Fork Friday 23rd April. They will be joined by up-and-coming act Flaxxies. 

You can watch the video for ‘Control’ here