Monday, 2 September 2013

Music: Interview with Theme Park

Fronted by twins Marcus and Miles Haughton, indie-pop band Theme Park will be returning to Yorkshire for this weekend’s Bingley Music Live.

The band comprises Miles Haughton (vocals, guitar), Marcus Haughton (vocals, guitar), Louis Bhose (bass) and Oscar Manthorpe (guitar).

Formed in 2011 while Marcus and Oscar were studying at the University of Leeds, Theme Park quickly gained a reputation for their fun live shows and were touted by the indie music press as the next big thing.

“My brother and I have been playing music together for a while now,” says Marcus, 24. “We brought in our good friend Oscar to play guitar and it all happened quite naturally. When we all went to uni, we were all in bands going in different directions, but when we left we came together with Theme Park and it kind of spiralled from there.”

When they released their self-titled debut album earlier this year, comparisons were drawn to China Crisis, ESG and Talking Heads, but the band took their inspiration from more contemporary artists.

“We see ourselves as a kind of alternative pop band – we write pop melodies with a bit of a left-field edge to them,” says Marcus. “A lot of people compare us to bands like Talking Heads, but I don’t think the influence is as direct as that. Bands like LCD Soundsystem and the Rapture were more important to us.”

Last weekend, Theme Park played at Leeds Festival, and are looking forward to bringing their sound to a Bingley audience. “With our gigs we just want to have a party – we just want people to dance and have a good time,” says Marcus. “We try and make our shows a lot of fun. We’re going to bring all our lights along and our smoke machines, so it should have a real disco vibe.”

This article was originally published in the Yorkshire Evening Post on August 29, 2013.

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