Amusement Parks on Fire

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Amusement Parks on Fire
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Amusement Parks on Fire - Live in Concert
Background information
Origin Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Genres Experimental rock, art rock, shoegazing
Years active 2004–present
Labels Invada Records
V2 Records
Associated acts Silversun Pickups, Swimming, Mars Argo, Red Shoe Diaries, You Slut!, Pilgrim Fathers, Lights Over Phoenix
Website www.amusementparksonfire.com
Members Michael Feerick
Daniel Knowles
Peter Dale
Gavin Poole
Joe Hardy
Past members Jez Cox
John Sampson

Amusement Parks on Fire are a British rock band from Nottingham.

The band was formed by Michael Feerick in 2004, who wrote and performed all the instruments for the self-titled debut album. The band now performs as a five-piece group: Michael Feerick (guitar/vocals), Daniel Knowles (guitar/production), Peter Dale (drums), Gavin Poole (bass/vocals) and Joe Hardy (keyboards/samples/guitar/vocals).

History[edit]

The band began as the solo project of Michael Feerick in 2004,[1] who wrote and recorded nine songs on a small budget with friend Daniel Knowles engineering the sessions. The self-titled debut album was released in the UK on Invada Records, the label run by Geoff Barrow of Portishead in 2005.

The band signed to V2 Records in 2005 and recorded their second studio album Out Of The Angeles at various UK studios, eventually decamping to Sigur Rós' Sundlaugin studio in Álafoss, Iceland for a month to complete the record. They then toured Europe and America extensively.

The line-up altered in summer 2006 with the addition of Gavin Poole (bass) and Joe Hardy (keyboards/guitar). This was followed by a co-headline tour of the UK with the American noise outfit Scarling. and a headline tour across mainland Europe and Scandinavia. The band played in Japan for the first time at the Summer Sonic Festival 2006.

In addition to the second album Out Of The Angeles, the band released a series of limited edition 12" EPs — the first of which, Blackout was released in late 2005, In Flight in September 2006 and A Star Is Born on 2 April 2007 which, according to a Rough Trade review, showcased "other dimensions to Amusement Parks On Fire's otherwordly sound ...Feerick's classical influences...and hinting at a more bullish Amusement Parks direction to come."

2009 saw the band tour Ireland followed up in April and May by a well received UK tour supporting 65daysofstatic as well as their own headline dates. The band then moved to Los Angeles, California, to begin work on their third album with producer Michael Patterson.

Another recording influenced by its surroundings, Road Eyes has a distinctively 'LA sound', and features a guest appearance from Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups on the single Flashlight Planetarium. The album was released in the US and Japan in September 2010.

A 'concept EP' of unreleased material from the Road Eyes sessions is planned for release in 2012, as well a tour of the UK and Europe.

Throughout 2012, Michael and Gavin got together with friends to do a few shows as APOF in England. This line-up also embarked on a Euro tour in January 2013 with American art/punk band All Eyes West.[2]

Band members[edit]

  • Michael Feerick — guitar, vocals
  • Daniel Knowles — guitar, production
  • Peter Dale — drums
  • Gavin Poole — bass, vocals
  • Joe Hardy — keyboards, guitar, vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Amusement Parks on Fire (Invada) 2005
  • Out of the Angeles (V2) 2006
  • Road Eyes (Filter US) 2010

EPs[edit]

  • Venosa/Eighty Eight (Invada/GM Recordings) 2005
  • Blackout EP (V2) 2005
  • In Flight (V2) 2006
  • A Star Is Born (V2) 2007
  • Young Fight (Filter US) 2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dom Gourley (June 20, 2004). "Amusement Parks on Fire - Amusement Parks on Fire". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ aubin. "Tours: Amusement Parks On Fire / All Eyes West (Europe)". PunkNews.com. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 

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