※LP is undecided due to postponement of release.
Born as the eremitic endeavour of an adolescent Michael
Feerick, Amusement Parks On Fire emanated in around
2004 with the release of the eponymous debut album.
Released on Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>)'s Invada
label, it was described by the New Musical Express as
'hedonistic teenage genius'.
The venture grew almost immediately into an acclaimed
international live act, sharing the stage with Dinosaur Jr,
M83 and dEUS among innumerable other acts of the era.
The unit then retreated to Sigur Rós' swimming-pool
sanctuary studio Sundlaugin in Álafoss, Iceland to
complete the venturesome sophomore release Out Of The
After a series of concept singles acclaimed by the likes
of Rough Trade and Drowned in Sound and following
several years of international incidence, in 2009 the band
crash-landed in Los Angeles to make the sun-drenched
tertiary release Road Eyes. Influential magazine
Alternative Press characterised it as ‘a near-perfect
The enigmatic art-rock lifers then took a self-described
'88-month moratorium' for undisclosed reasons, making a
surprise recrudescence in 2017 with the single Our Goal
To Realise, the EP All The New Ends and a European tour
in 2018, with the promise of a new full-length delivery to
follow shortly thereafter.
Now they're ready to unveil An Archaea, their first new
album in over a decade. Drawing from innumerable,
often entirely unanticipated musical approaches whilst
defying direct description, this new record sounds
simultaneously uncanny, utterly unique and yet
unmistakably the work of Amusement Parks On Fire.
Recorded entirely at the band’s ‘underground bunker'
rehearsal space studio The Pentagon in Nottingham,
England by multi-instrumentalist and de facto tour
manager Gavin Poole, finishing touches gave way to
previously unimaginable world events that retroactively fed
into the radioactive fabric of An Archaea.
Timeless though also all-so timely, the record is
inadvertently a reluctant future relic of a strange and
confounding stint in spacetime. It’s a work that seeks to
highlight this abstraction by subverting our mode of being.
It's a labour of life-and-death that seeks to find freedom
and even tentative optimism in catharsis.
from EGB Global