Amusement Parks on Fire

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Amusement Parks on Fire
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Amusement Parks on Fire - Live in Concert
Background information
OriginNottingham, England, United Kingdom
GenresExperimental rock, art rock, shoegazing
Years active2004–present
LabelsInvada Records
V2 Records
Associated actsSilversun Pickups, Giant Drag
MembersMichael Feerick
Gavin Poole
Joe Hardy
Pete Dale
Rafe Dunn
Past membersDaniel Knowles
Jez Cox
John Sampson

Amusement Parks on Fire are a British rock band from Nottingham.

The band was established by Michael Feerick in 2004,[1] who wrote and performed all the instruments for the self-titled debut album.[2]


The band began as the solo project of Michael Feerick in 2004, who wrote and recorded nine songs on a small budget with friend Daniel Knowles engineering the sessions;[3] the self-titled debut album was released on Invada Records, the label run by Geoff Barrow of Portishead in 2005.[4]

A live band was put together including Daniel Knowles (guitar), Pete Dale (drums), Jez Cox (bass) and John Sampson (keyboards/samples);[5] the band signed to V2 Records in 2005 and recorded their second studio album Out Of The Angeles at various UK studios, eventually decamping to Sigur Rós' Sundlaugin studio at Álafoss, Iceland for a month to complete the record.[6] They then toured Europe and America extensively.[5]

The line-up altered in summer 2006 with the addition of Gavin Poole (bass) and Joe Hardy (keyboards/guitar);[7] this line-up then embarked a co-headline tour of the UK with the American noise outfit Scarling. and a headline tour across mainland Europe and Scandinavia.[8] The band played in Japan for the first time at the Summer Sonic Festival 2006.[9]

In addition to the second album Out Of The Angeles, the band released a series of limited edition 12" EPs — the first of which, Blackout was released in late 2005, In Flight in September 2006 and A Star Is Born on 2 April 2007 which, according to a Rough Trade review, showcased "other dimensions to Amusement Parks On Fire's otherworldly sound ...Feerick's classical influences...and hinting at a more bullish Amusement Parks direction to come." with Drowned In Sound calling it "a dizzying mini-epic... a chilly metaphysical beauty".[10]

2009 saw the band tour Ireland followed up in April and May by a well received UK tour supporting 65daysofstatic as well as their own headline dates.[11] The band then moved to Los Angeles, California, to begin work on their third album with producer Michael Patterson.[12]

Another recording influenced by its surroundings, Road Eyes has a distinctively 'LA sound'; according to an Alternative Press review it "bears the sun-drenched stamp of the city where it was recorded",[13] and features a guest appearance from Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups on the single Flashlight Planetarium;[14] the album was released in September 2010.[15]

A "second disc" of unreleased tracks for Road Eyes is planned for release and Feerick is currently working on new material.[16] In 2013, Michael, Gavin and Joe along with Feerick's brother Simon on drums and Rafe Dunn on guitar toured the UK and Europe[17] along with American art/punk band All Eyes West.[18]

Around 2012 Feerick formed a duo, Young Light, with Micah Calabrese of LA band Giant Drag and released the EP Great White Arc and single Blank Dice.[19]

In 2013, the band went on hiatus. On 28 April 2017 the band announced their return via social media, with a UK tour to follow in November. On 1 July the band announced a Deluxe Edition reissue of their Road Eyes album. A new single Our Goal To Realise was released on 17 November 2017, with an EP All The New Ends and supporting European tour on 13 April 2018.[20]


Studio Albums[edit]

  • Amusement Parks on Fire (Invada) 2005
  • Out of the Angeles (V2) 2006
  • Road Eyes (Filter US) 2010


  • Venosa/Eighty Eight (Invada/GM Recordings) 2005
  • Blackout EP (V2) 2005
  • In Flight (V2) 2006
  • A Star Is Born (V2) 2007
  • Young Fight (Filter US) 2009
  • Our Goal To Realise (Saint Marie) 2017
  • All The New Ends (Saint Marie) 2018

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hopkin, Kenyon. "Amusement Parks On Fire Biography". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  2. ^ Crock, Jason. "Amusement Parks On Fire: Amusement Parks On Fire". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 October 2005.
  3. ^ Dom Gourley (20 June 2004). "Amusement Parks on Fire - Amusement Parks on Fire". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  4. ^ Dolak, Kevin. "Album Review: Amusement Parks On Fire". Retrieved 21 April 2004.
  5. ^ a b Shaw, Jem. "LeftLion - Amusement Parks On Fire". LeftLion. Retrieved 6 April 2005.
  6. ^ No, Robin. "Amusement Parks On Fire - Out Of The Angeles review". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
  7. ^ Barry, Aoife. "Archive: Amusement Parks On Fire Interview". The Sweet Oblivion Blog. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  8. ^ Allen, Lee (24 September 2014). "Scarling and Amusement Parks On Fire". BBC Norfolk. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  9. ^ Sonic, Summer. "Summer Sonic Line-Up". Summer Sonic Line-Up. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  10. ^ Denney, Alex. "Single Review: Amusement Parks On Fire - A Star Is Born". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 21 March 2007.
  11. ^ Aubin, Paul. "Tours: Amusement Parks On Fire". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  12. ^ Vandes, Sam. "Interview - Amusement Parks On Fire". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  13. ^ Ham, Robert. "Amusement Parks On Fire - Road Eyes review". Alternative Press. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  14. ^ Bronson, Kevin. "Buddy Archives". BuzzBands.LA. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  15. ^ Ham, Robert. "Amusement Parks On Fire - Road Eyes review". Alternative Press. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  16. ^ Valdes, Sam. "Interview - Amusement Parks On Fire". Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  17. ^ Sleeper, Ellie. "WTSH - Interview". When The Sun Hits. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  18. ^ aubin. "Tours: Amusement Parks On Fire / All Eyes West (Europe)". Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  19. ^ Bronson, Kevin. "Video: Young Light, 'Blank Dice'". BuzzBands.LA. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
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