Ball Park Music
Ball Park Music from Australia comprises of Sam Cromack (lead vocals & guitar), Jennifer Boyce (bass guitar/backing vocals), Dean Hanson (guitar/backing vocals), Paul Furness (keys/trombone) and Daniel Hanson (drums). The quintet met while studying music at university – a path chosen because they “lacked the skills to pursue law or medicine or engineering.” Since the release of their first EP three years ago, the band has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the Australian music scene.
From the early days of their career, Ball Park Music has had strong support from national youth tastemaker radio station triple j. The band was ‘Unearthed’ by triple j in 2010 and featured in their ‘Next Crop’ list as one of the “hottest acts to watch in 2011”. The band’s debut album ‘Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs’ boasts a highly impressive list of accolades. The album debuted at #36 in the Australian ARIA Charts and secured not less than six high rotation singles at triple j. BPM were also named ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’ at triple j’s J Awards in 2011, ‘Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs’ was voted #10 in the triple j listener’s Album Poll and music publication The AU Review voted it #2 for 2011. The debut album also featured two songs in the 2011 triple j ‘Hottest 100’ countdown.
The positive reaction to their debut album fuelled numerous tours, with each national run surpassing the last in venue size and fan reaction. National summer festival dates that followed included Falls Festival, Groovin The Moo and Splendour in the Grass.
In 2012, BPM released their sophomore album ‘Museum’ in just 12 months after the release of their debut. Lead singer Sam Cromack said he was “inspired by the swift turn around in which the likes of The Beatles would deliver new records every six to 12 months.” Upon its release, ‘Museum’ secured triple j Album of the Week and debuted at #9 on the ARIA Charts. BPM kick started the album release with single ‘Surrender’, which went on to be triple j’s most played track in July 2012. Other album achievements included a place in the top 4 in Channel [V] OZ Artist of the Year 2012 Awards, nomination for triple j Album of the Year 2012, #5 in the triple j listener’s Album Poll, and a shortlist contender for the Australian Music Prize (AMP) Award.
To celebrate the release of ‘Museum’, the band hit the road on their biggest national tour to date, playing over 30 shows around the country. The band also delivered killer sets over the summer period with festival performances at Homebake, Falls Festival and Southbound Festival. In January 2013, BPM were handpicked by Weezer to be their national arena support act. They followed this with an appearance at triple j’s One Night Stand event, where they played an energetic set to a massive crowd of 18,000 people.
By mid-2013, singles ‘All I Want Is You’ and ‘Surrender’ were added to influential Dutch radio station 3FM, with ‘All I Want Is You’ being the 10th most played track on the station. Back at home, BPM performed at the APRA Music Awards and embarked on ‘The Thank Ewes Tour’, which was to be their last national headline tour for the year before they retreated away to work on a new album. The Thank Ewes Tour saw BPM play successful shows in some of Australia’s largest theatres, including the Tivoli in Brisbane, the Forum in Melbourne, and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney.
The end of 2013 also saw the band undertake their first international tour, which included performances at CMJ Music Festival in New York USA, a sold-out London show, and successful performances throughout the Netherlands.
Ball Park Music kick-started 2014 by announcing Puddinghead – their third album in three calendar years. The lead single She Only Loves Me When I’m There was added to high rotation on triple j and became the most played song on the station. The full album was then released in April 2014, skyrocketing to #1 on the iTunes albums chart and #2 on the ARIA Charts – coming second to INXS’s greatest hits album by a mere 21 copies. The album was Feature Album on triple j, and named Homegrown Album of the Week on commercial radio station Triple M. The Puddinghead album tour was a raging success, with the band selling out more venues than any previous tour, including Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, and four shows in Melbourne.