10:06 Thursday 14 March 2013

Theme Park are enjoying the ride

Written byBY JAMES BRINDLE

HOT new London three-piece Theme Park step off their rollercoaster ride to the top for two shows in the Midlands next week.

The newcomers dropped their new self-titled album earlier this month and enjoyed support from Foals and The Maccabees producer Luke Smith and Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane in creating their debut.

Vocalist Marcus Haughton told the Mail working with the two of them was a very different experience.

He said: “The majority of the album was recorded with Luke Smith over about two-and-a-half months and he was really meticulous in terms of detail and he would make you play something for about five hours until it was perfect.

“Then we did one of the tracks, Tonight, with Ed Macfarlane from Friendly Fires and that was a completely different experience as he was much quicker.

“Friendly Fires are a band that I have been following since the early days so it was great to work with someone like that.

“They are brilliant and just keep getting bigger and bigger.”

Theme Park have just set off on an 11-date UK tour in support of the album and they arrive in Birmingham on Thursday, before heading to Nottingham the following night.

Haughton said it was exciting to finally be ‘responsible for the party’ after a host of prestigious support slots.

He said: “It is our first headline tour so it is great to be the ones responsible for the party as we have been supporting a lot of people like Bloc Party and Bombay Bicycle Club.

“It’s an 11-date tour with a couple of the shows sold out and we have our biggest headline show to date.

“Touring is really fun as it is great to go to different towns playing to different crowds all in the name of work.”

The band play Reading and Leeds this summer but first they perform at Birmingham Temple Rooms on Thursday and Nottingham Spankys on Friday. See the venues for tickets.

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