Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX
Two’s company, three’s a crowd? Austin-based band Star Parks would have to firmly disagree. Originally a solo project, frontrunner Andy Bianculli has grown Star Parks into an elaborate nine-piece mini orchestra. They boast a rich and soulful pop production, with a trombone, trumpet and vibraphone rounding out the usual guitar, bass, drums and keys. Star Parks tends to bleed into the melancholy; their lush and upbeat arrangements disguise often cynical lyrics. Their upcoming sophomore album, The New Sounds of Late Capitalism, out on Feb. 14, further dives into this concept, discussing themes of alienation and disappointment. The substantial lyrics add yet another layer to an already textured and expansive sound that draws from the group’s large pool of talent.
Before embarking on a one month tour of the Midwest, Star Parks dropped by Studio 1A for an after hours session. Star Parks will be back home for SXSW and an album release show on March 6 at Barracuda with The Deer and Berkshire Hounds.
Star Parks performed in Studio 1A with a full lineup made up of Andy Bianculli, Nathaniel Klugman, Sam Pankey, Andy Beaudoin, Sam Howden, Derek Phelps, Wayne Myers and Carolyn Trowbridge.
— Annie Lyons, KUTX Intern