Rock ‘N’ Load Caught Up With Tamala Park Book Club To Dig Into Their Influences :
“The ‘what are your influences’ question is always an interesting one because it can, and often does, change on a daily basis. As four individuals, we have a wide scope of influences and tend to differ in opinions of music.
Dan likes his guitar riffage, so anything technical is his bread and butter. Marcel loves powerful rhythms and soaring vocals. Craig is a pop punk fan at heart who branches out into contemporary pop ad Patrick will listen to 1920s blues and k-pop in one sitting.
After much deliberation, we’ve managed to come up with 5 artists and a song from each that influence our music.
Short Stack have been an influence on all of us since their early days and we’re thrilled they’re back together making music. Live4 has that heavy and uplifting energy, something similar that we were aiming for with Cut My Teeth.
This song is heavier than what we play but the GazettE have always been an influence to us from the very beginning. How they’ve grown as a band and where they are today is what we aspire to do with our music.
5 Seconds of Summer may be more pop, but being one of the biggest Australian bands right now speaks volumes for us and inspires us to work just as hard. Their themes in their music, and their pop-punk influences resonate with our own quite well.
Everyone loves a throwback! MCR is one of those bands you heard when you were young and decided you wanted to do music. Even today, their music and lyrics stand as a benchmark for modern rock.”
Since their emergence with the release of debut EP Colour My World in November 2018, Tamala Park Book Club have honed myriad musical and aesthetic influences, a dexterous array of rock, punk and pop all shining through. Dig a bit deeper and the Perth four can be found paying homage to the Japanese visual, kei, on tracks “Palette” and “Sakura Memories”, with the songs featuring a blend of hard hitting breakdowns and nostalgic melodies.
With Perth particularly isolated during the COVID pandemic, Tamala Park Book Club spent the difficult and introspective time expelling their frustration by writing. December’s hook-laden anti-ode to the 9-5, “You Can’t Spell Funeral Without A Little Fun’” was followed by “Soap” to kick off this year, as the band continues to work towards their debut album, slated for release in late 2022.
A sense of collaboration and cohesion is tangible in the Australian outfit’s musical output, but also ebbs through their intertwining of influences as well as regular instrument swaps between band members.
New single “Cut My Teeth” is another punch-packing anthem, a guide to overcoming toxic relationships and moving on from people who have held you back, whilst looking to a brighter future.