Theme Park are one of the most exciting songwriting forces in our midst today, managing to attain that rare balance of feeling comfortingly familiar and yet not sounding like anyone else.
Formed by twin brothers Miles & Marcus Haughton and quickly enrolling the services of old friend Oscar Manthorpe (guitar) the band set to work on putting together their first batch of tracks. The songs that emerged from these early sessions proved an instant hit with the blogosphere who fell for their emotive vocals, melodic guitar lines and infectious drums – one site boldly stating that the band “might present the dawning of a new era for pop music.” They’re that good. Their self titled debut album reaffirmed their ability to write some the most upbeat, life-affirming pop music we’ve ever released and their euphoric live shows won them fans all over the UK and beyond.
The trio released their first single, Milk, on London indie, Luv Luv Luv – also the early home to Florence + the Machine. Inking a deal with Transgressive the following year, the group saw themselves supporting the likes of Florence and Bloc Party, before delivering their debut eponymous album at the beginning of 2013. Touring commitments and a handful of singles from the album appeared that year before the group retreated from the limelight to slowly start work on their follow-up. Over the next three years the trio worked with old friend Ben Garrett (also known as Fryars) on an ad-hoc basis, writing and recording what would become their sophomore album. The first results appeared in 2016, with the release of the single L.A. (Is Stealing My Friends). The album, Is This How It Starts? finally appeared in mid-2017.