Launches With Sold-Out Event & Will Return in 2022
Folk-influenced male/female indie pop band The National Parks has released the official music video for their latest single, “Live Til We Die,” off their recently released album, A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1.The fun and colorful visual, directed by Cameron Gade with cinematographer Spencer Goff, sees the Provo, UT-based quartet take a step back in time to a 1980s-style late night talk show – PRESS HEREto watch.
On the heels of the album’s release earlier this month, The National Parks successfully launched their very own curated festival experience, Superbloom Music Festival, on Saturday, October 9th.The first-ever event took place under the stars near ZionNational Park at Sand Hollow Resort in Southern Utah in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 2,000. Created by the band as a celebration of life and music set amid a beautiful location, Superbloom featured performances from Yoke Lore, Joseph, Joshua James, Ellee Duke, Brother. and Arbour Season before The National Parks closed out the day-long extravaganza. PRESS HERE to watch the Superbloom Music Festival official recap video and look for the event to return in 2022.
Above: The National Parks at Superbloom Music Festival
Photo Credit: Shea Lindsey Photo
A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1, released October 8th, marks the first half of the independent band’s two-part digital-only project, which will see Part 2 released in early 2022. The 8-track collection, recorded at June Audio and produced and mixed by their longtime collaborator Scott Wiley, also features the singles “Headlights,” “Summer Bird” and “UFO,” the latter of which was recently featured on Ones To Watch’s Now Playing playlist. As evidenced on the new album, The National Parks have perfected their signature style of blending folk/Americana and modern synths and drum sounds with big choruses you can’t help but chant along to. Inspired by love and life, and chronicling the fear, joy, uncertainty, and peace that life might look like at the end of the world, A Mix For The End Of The World follows The National Parks’ critically acclaimed 2020 album Wildflower and continues to showcase the band’s sonic evolution and lead vocalist/guitarist Brady Parks’ deep and heartfelt songwriting. CHILLFILTR recently declared, “With broad strokes of escapism and misty-eyed nostalgia, A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1 lives up to its name as both an excuse to check out from the low industrial hum of everyday life and a reason to keep pushing for a future we can be proud of.” Elsewhere, Imperfect Fifth hailed this “is an album that you will want to hear again and again” with Indie Music Center adding, “Their best tracks to date…a good breath of fresh air.” PRESS HERE to listen to A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1.
Since emerging in 2013 with their introductory album Young, The National Parks — Brady Parks [guitar, vocals], SydneyMacfarlane [keys, vocals], Cam Brannelly [drums] and Megan Parks [violin] — have quietly grown into an independent phenomenon with roots embedded in blissful pop, cinematic electronics, organic orchestration, and rock energy. The four-piece has racked up over 150 million total streams, sold out headlining shows across the country, toured with Andy Grammer, Peter Bjorn and John and WILD, and performed at KAABOO Del Mar, SXSW and CMJ, while garnering praise and support from the likes of NPR, Paste, PopMatters, Relix, Atwood Magazine, Glide Magazine, Parade, and Substream Magazine and comparisons to The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and The Head and The Heart. Their fourth full-length album, Wildflower, featuring the singles “Waiting For Lightning,” “Wildflower,” “Time” and “I Can Feel It,” elevated The National Parks to the next level and spawned The Wildflower Podcast.
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Media Praise For The National Parks
“In many ways, the National Parks are the perfect pop band…effortless ear candy.”
– American Songwriter
“The National Parks play anthemic indie-folk as boundless as their name would suggest.”
“The National Parks reach for uplifting new heights.” – PopMatters
“Deftly [blends] gorgeous vocal harmonies with catchy, moving melodies that fit just right, and hit home with emotional fortitude.” – Atwood Magazine
“[The National Parks] are shooting for mass appeal with their alt/mainstream offerings ala Head and the Heart and The Lumineers.” – Glide Magazine
“The National Parks have perfectly melded pop into folk with catchy melodies, strong grunge chords and poetic lyrics.” – MXDWN
“Wildflower truly blossoms through its creative freedom and ability to merge different genres whilst still stamped in that distinctive The National Parks sound…it seems that the sky really is the limit for this quartet.” – The Line of Best Fit