In nature, wildflowers signify freedom. Nobody plants them. Rather, they blossom on their own. The same could be said of THE NATIONAL PARKS. Since emerging in 2013, the Provo, UT quartet - Brady Parks [vocals, guitar], Sydney Macfarlane [vocals, keys], Cam Brannelly [drums], and Megan Parks [violin] - has quietly grown into a phenomenon with roots embedded in rock energy. Racking up over 90 million total streams, selling out headline shows on tour, the group has bloomed like never before.
The National Parks introduced itself of 2013's Young, staking out a spot in the Top 15 iTunes Top Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart. Following the release of Until I Live in 2015, Salt Lake City Weekly proclaimed them Utah's "Band of the Year." They unveiled Places in 2017, yielding a series of fan favorites. 2020 has brought us a series of new singles and now the release of their new album 'Wildflower' out everywhere.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN STORY OF THE NATIONAL PARKS? HOW DID YOU ALL MEET?
WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE?
Our process is actually pretty smooth for the most part. I write all of the songs for the band and it usually starts with sitting down on guitar or piano. Along the way, I mess with chords and melodies, and lyrics that are usually triggered by some emotion that I am feeling. After that, I make a demo of the song and mess around with production ideas and send it off to the band. From there, everyone starts thinking of their own parts and messes around with ideas before we take it to the studio and make it all come to life.
SOLO SONGWRITERS OFTEN ONLY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THEMSELVES OR THE OCCASIONAL CO-WRITER WHEN WRITING A SONG. AS A BAND, THERE ARE MORE SONGWRITERS WORKING TOGETHER CONSISTENTLY - HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME WHERE YOU DIDN'T AGREE AND, IF SO, HOW DO YOU WORK THROUGH THOSE TIMES?
HOW HAS TOURING TREATED YOU? WHAT WAS AS YOU EXPECTED AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR TIME ON TOUR?
DID ANY OF YOU HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC PUBLISHING? AFTER HAVING MORE EXPERIENCE WITH IT, HOW IMPORTANT IS MUSIC PUBLISHING TO THE BAND?
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT SONGTRUST?
HOW HAVE YOU SHIFTED DURING THIS PERIOD OF VIRTUALITY? HAS THE RECENT PANDEMIC CHANGED THE WAY YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT THE BAND AS A BUSINESS, AND HOW?
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO UP-AND-COMING BANDS IN NAVIGATING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
LASTLY, WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO SONGS OR ALBUMS KEEPING YOU COMPANY?