Amusement Parks On Fire came to prominence in 2004 with the release of the eponymous debut album, conceived and consummated by the then-adolescent founder Michael Feerick and phonically actualised on a shoestring with Nottingham cohabitant Daniel Knowles. Issued on Geoff Barrow (of Portishead)’s Invada label, it was described by the New Musical Express as 'hedonistic teenage genius'.
A live line-up was essentially preformed and extensively performed with the likes of Dinosaur Jr, M83 and dEUS among innumerable other acts of the era. The unit then retreated to Sigur Rós’ private swimming-pool sanctuary Sundlaugin in Álafoss, Iceland to complete the venturesome sophomore release ‘Out Of The Angeles’, during which time they experimented with sleep, food and sunlight deprivation at the insistence of V2 Records.
The collective distributed a series of medium-form 'concept singles'; 'Blackout' in 2005, 'In Flight' in 2006 and 'A Star Is Born' in 2007, which according to Rough Trade's review showcased 'other dimensions to APOF's otherworldly sound, Feerick's classical influences... hinting at a more bullish Amusement Parks direction to come', with Drowned In Sound dubbing it 'a dizzying mini-epic... a chilly metaphysical beauty'.
After several years of international incidence the band crash-landed in Los Angeles in 2009 to make ‘Road Eyes’ with producers Michael Patterson (Beck, NIN) and Nicolas Jodoin (Arcade Fire, BRMC). Again inspired by the locale, the collection was intended as 'a skewed Californian contemporary-classical', with Alternative Press characterizing it as ‘sun-drenched, challenging and gratifying… a near-perfect album’.
Initially envisaged as a much longer, expansive volume, the record is now newly available to purchase and stream online as a 'deluxe' edition, appended with a second 'disc' of nine unreleased cuts and curios but, due to the inferior and essentially theoretical nature of the digital release model, no intrinsic or tangible vessel to verify that the work explicitly exists.
The group will reoccupy earthly operations on 17/11/17 with a performance tour of their principality-apparent and the universal release of a new 7” vinyl single ‘Our Goal To Realise’ via Saint Marie Records, with the promise of a further extended-play 12" disc 'An Archaea’ and supporting appearances in 2018, 'as and when the company is inclined, primed and deems it commercially appropriate'.
Amusement Parks On Fire | Road Eyes (Deluxe) | 2xCD
1. Road Eyes
2. Flashlight Planetarium
3. Inside Out
5. Echo Park // Infinite Delay
6. Wave Of The Future
7. So Naturally
8. Water From The Sun
9. Inspects The Evil Side
10. Inside Out (Demo)
11. Wave Of The Future (Demo) **Exclusive to CD and Digital versions**
12. So Naturally (Demo)
13. In Our Eyes
14. Young Fight
16. Dark Is Out
17. Covered In Ice
18. Black Hole Kids