Gary Parks is trying some-thing new – in the form of a brand new neo-psychedelic band called Wall of Orange. Parks a former member of Dallas space rock legends The Tomorrowpeople unveils vulnerable, brilliant lyrics and stunning instrumentation which has been turning heads on Wall of Orange‘s newly released self-titled debut. The album has garnered the attention of legendary producer Alan Moulder, (U2/The Foo Fighters/The Killers/Jesus & Mary Chain) who said, “I like the band Wall of Orange. I love the songs and their style. Good production and mix too.”
“Writing this record saved my life,” Gary revealed. “Wall of Orange” and its lyrics follow Parks through the emotional turmoil that losing his newborn daughter put him through. After trying for years to have a baby, something he always wanted, he and his wife turned to In Vitro to help them reproduce. After celebrating their long-awaited but sometimes precarious pregnancy, Parks was left devastated by the premature death of his newborn daughter and nearly losing his wife at the hospital. The loss sparked a long dark downward spiral. Ultimately Parks pulled himself out of his depression by doing one seemingly simple thing: writing songs again. Using his rediscovery of music and songwriting as a cathartic process helped him become whole again. The result: this self-titled debut.
“There’s a reason why the album has a dream-like quality. I experienced hell and stayed there for years. While writing these songs I was swimming through both good and bad memories and became kind of detached from reality. It was escapism and rescue for me. Songs like ‘Monster,’ ‘New Medicine’ and ’Hellogoodbye’ were my cathartic salvation.”
While Wall of Orange is a psychedelic pop group, their sound and lyrics extend into new worlds with a unique sophistication. Heavily influenced by artists such as The Verve, Spiritualized, The Posies, Smashing Pumpkins and late 60s summer headphone psychedelia, Parks set out to capture a sound that encompasses both his love for big, layered, dreamy soundscapes while maintaining accessibility through great pop hooks. But the one thing he focused on was honesty.
Writing this album was no easy task for Gary. “I just hope my music can help others who are feeling the same way. What happened to us took my idea of happiness and shattered it, but songwriting helped me rediscover something I thought I had lost, and gain new perspective on life. I simply told the story of my recovery, with all its ups and downs, and created a soundtrack for it”.
After an extensive demo process, recording for eight songs that would become the debut album began in the spring of 2016 at Pure Evil Studios and continued into the summer. Joined in the studio by longtime musical collaborators Danny Rix on bass and Matt Hunt on drums, Parks spent hundreds of hours perfecting the production. The album dropped in August and now, he is prepared to hit the stage and bring his passionate, epic music to the world.
The band will make their debut on Saturday, April 29 at The Kessler Theater with doors opening at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Two Dallas-based musicians are joining Wall of Orange onstage: experimental group The Angelus and female vocalist Sudie. Tickets can be purchased here online. The Kessler Theater is located at 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, Texas 75208.
But if that’s too long to wait, fans can sample their style with the stunning video for their new single here. The video for the song “Small Hour Crimes” was directed by former Tomorrowpeople collaborator Erich
Scholz and contains a cameo from local artist Sallie Mood, who also sings backup vocals on the new album. Parks and Scholz were inspired by old Ralph Bakshi cartoons and some experimental films from the early 1970s for the look and vibe of the video.
To purchase Wall of Orange’s self-titled debut EP, visit iTunes or the artist’s website. For more information, please visit www.walloforange.band or find them on Facebook.