Making a name for themselves as the go-to backing band on the West Coast -
providing the rhythm section for rappers like Big KRIT, Freddie Gibbs, & Tanya Morgan,
as well as soul outfits like Quadron, Alice Russell, their own group, Grillade,
& dozens of others -
San Francisco’s The Park shed what might be expected from them by both genres,
& bring a refreshingly rock-tinged feel to their debut solo outing, The Process… EP.
Ranging from cinematic arthouse rock
to slowgroove electric jazz & most things in between –
The Process… covers a lot in its mere six tracks,
almost all of which are instrumental.
As an exclusive preview before the EP’s full release next week,
we have the debut of the group’s third video from the project
for the project’s sole vocal track -
the jazzy, reflective funk ballad “Excuses,”
which features keyboardist Ben Schwier on talkbox duties.
The clip was directed by John Coyne
& stars Leah McStocker
& another Park collaborator, singer/songwriter Lee Bob Watson.
Also, included “after the jump” (pretend there is one),
are the first two videos released for the EP,
both directed by two great DJ’s turned directors -
the playful “Belleville” – shot by Anthony Valadez
& the trippy travelogue “Belle” by LeFtO.
The Process… will available on Bandcamp, iTunes,
& anywhere else fine MP3′s are sold as of June 28th.
CDs, T-shirts & limited edition USB cassettes w/ bonus content
will also be available at gigs.
So if you’re in the greater Los Angeles or Oakland areas,
check out The Park playing some release shows this week.
Tour dates & links for more info all provided below as well.
BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Park “Belleville”
SUPPORT: The Park – The Process… EP OUT NOW
ALSO SEE: Grillade Live @ The Fix
BONUS VIDEOS: “Belleville” & “Belle” SEE BELOW
TOUR DATES: LA/Bay Area SEE BELOW
Friday, June 24, 2011
Townhouse Basement | 52 Windward Ave., Venice, CA
with special guests Darondo & Novena Carmel
and DJ’s Jamie Strong & Jeremy Sole
9pm | $10 / $15
Tickets and information: email@example.com
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Angel’s | 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
with special surprise guests
9:30 pm | NO COVER
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The New Parish | 579 18th St., Oakland, CA
with Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Skins & Needles
8pm | $10 / $15 | 18+
Tickets and information: www.thenewparish.com