The National Parks w/ Silver Torches and Tom Butler

Mon Sep 24 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Tractor

5213 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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The National Parks was formed by Brady Parks in 2013 in Provo, Utah and has since independently released three studio albums. Upon the release of their debut LP, Young (2013), the band climbed to #13 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and with their sophomore record, Until I Live (2015), the 5-piece became a Billboard Regional Heatseeker. The National Parks' third studio album, Places, was released in late 2017 followed by a deluxe version in February 2018. 

In the first month after the release of Places (2017), the record had been streamed more than 1,000,000 times on Spotify alone with individual tracks landing on major Spotify playlists like Pop Chillout, Indie Pop and Morning Commute. Despite operating as a true independent, the band has built and maintained an impressive following with a Spotify monthly listenership nearing 400,000 and appearances at SXSW, CMJ, Snowmass Mammoth Fest, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, School Nights at Bardot's. Praise has come from major press outlets such as NPR, Paste, Baeble Music, The Vinyl District, and Baeble Music.

The National Parks create atmospheric and “anthemic indie-folk as boundless as their name would suggest” (Paste Magazine) centered around male/female harmonies backdropped by guitar/piano/violin instrumentation. The band’s earliest touring was done as a three-piece but as the music has evolved, so has the band. A wide cast of musicians have joined as touring members of The National Parks but by 2015, the group had settled into a consistent five-piece setup with original members Brady Parks (vocals/guitar) and Sydney Macfarlane (vocals/keys) playing alongside John Hancock (guitar), Cam Brannelly (drums) and Megan Parks (violin).

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  • The National Parks

    The National Parks

    Folk Rock

  • Silver Torches

    Silver Torches

    Pop

    Erik Walters doesn’t like talking about himself. Getting him to open up about his new album is like prying open an oyster. The former singer and guitarist for Spokane post-rock band The Globes (Barsuk), Walters has struck out on his own on his debut solo album, “The Living Fact,” which features songs written, played and sung by him.

    Written in part while he was crashing in his brother’s kitchen during a frustrating time, songs like “Hades’ Black Rattle” and “Nostalgia’s Cradle” deal with anxiety, the fear of being stuck, of growing older and wondering whether you made the right choices in life. Several songs are “written from the perspective of someone who settled because of fear and then asked why,” he explains. Others, like “Thinking of Her on Highway 90,” which borrows a lyric from William Butler Yeats, are lighter, sweet love songs sparkling with tenderness. The intricate acoustic guitar work on songs like “Castles (Que Sera, Sera)” lends Fleetwood-folk flair, while the surging bass and keyboard on “Blue Eyed Mary” recall prime-era Tom Petty with their propulsive energy.

    Produced by Steven Aguilar (The Head and the Heart, Dave Matthews Band, Moby), “The Living Fact” features guest appearances by Northwest musicians such as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis and John Van Deusen of the Lonely Forest. The songwriting on “The Living Fact” follows in the confessional and personal footsteps of the Northwest indie sound of Death Cab for Cutie, David Bazan, and Damien Jurado, but with an iconography unique to Walters.

    No wonder Walters doesn’t like bragging about his album. He doesn’t need to. The music speaks for itself.

  • Tom Butler

    Tom Butler

    Alternative Folk

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The National Parks w/ Silver Torches and Tom Butler

Mon Sep 24 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Tractor Seattle WA
The National Parks w/ Silver Torches and Tom Butler
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Ages 21+

The National Parks was formed by Brady Parks in 2013 in Provo, Utah and has since independently released three studio albums. Upon the release of their debut LP, Young (2013), the band climbed to #13 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and with their sophomore record, Until I Live (2015), the 5-piece became a Billboard Regional Heatseeker. The National Parks' third studio album, Places, was released in late 2017 followed by a deluxe version in February 2018. 

In the first month after the release of Places (2017), the record had been streamed more than 1,000,000 times on Spotify alone with individual tracks landing on major Spotify playlists like Pop Chillout, Indie Pop and Morning Commute. Despite operating as a true independent, the band has built and maintained an impressive following with a Spotify monthly listenership nearing 400,000 and appearances at SXSW, CMJ, Snowmass Mammoth Fest, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, School Nights at Bardot's. Praise has come from major press outlets such as NPR, Paste, Baeble Music, The Vinyl District, and Baeble Music.

The National Parks create atmospheric and “anthemic indie-folk as boundless as their name would suggest” (Paste Magazine) centered around male/female harmonies backdropped by guitar/piano/violin instrumentation. The band’s earliest touring was done as a three-piece but as the music has evolved, so has the band. A wide cast of musicians have joined as touring members of The National Parks but by 2015, the group had settled into a consistent five-piece setup with original members Brady Parks (vocals/guitar) and Sydney Macfarlane (vocals/keys) playing alongside John Hancock (guitar), Cam Brannelly (drums) and Megan Parks (violin).