INTERVIEW: NATL PARK SRVC

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Doing pretty well, happy to be getting out of winter for sure!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Right Thing”?

Absolutely! It’s the second song on our album, The Dance, which has this sort of narrative and emotional throughline. The first song is more of an introduction piece, setting the stage for the story and ‘The Right Thing’ is where the exposition kind of takes off. It’s a kind of romantic tribute to being a teenager and losing yourself in that sort of naive apathy towards the world, your friends, romantic interests, etc. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I (Dylan)  had a really good friend of mine die in high school, it changed me a lot. I grew really bitter, apathetic and really sad. It affected all of my relationships, and was a very rough period in my life. Lyrically it pulls a lot from that, trying to make sense of that sort of laissez faire attitude towards things, letting the sadness rush over you instead of doing something about it. The chorus was supposed to feel a little bit like an argument, between you and the person trying to help you. It works, I like to think haha. It has vague enough lyrics that make it pretty fun for people to listen to and think its a fun little indie rock song though!

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We’ve talked over some ideas! No official plans at the moment but we’ll have plenty of video content in the future. Keep your ears to the soil, as they say!

How was the recording and writing process?

Jared and Dylan wrote this one in something like January 2020. At that point we sort of had some rough ideas of what we wanted the album to sound in its entirety and had a good chunk of songs written. I (Dylan) remember we were just kinda messing around with demos and Jared played the main guitar lead and we just wrote most of the arrangement in one sitting. We did our final tracking for this song at Hideaway Studios in Minneapolis, MN with Drifter Music Group in June 2020. It was super rad, there was definitely a magic in the air for us. It’s this super huge space, the reverb was insane. It definitely shines in the mix. Our good friend Maddy Siiter sings backup vocals on this track, they are one of my favorite persons/songwriters/musicians that I know. All the gang vocals are from our friends in another Twin Cities group VIAL, and they rock.

What role does Minnesota play in your music?

Truly we wouldn’t exist without the incredible community in Minnesota and the Twin Cities music scene. We kind of dove into the scene head first, and have met so many great people and artists. It really bodes well for our creativity and drive to make art at all.

How do you guys go about blending your typical rock instrumentation with the other, more classical, elements?

To us it was always a part of the vision of the band, to have the more classical elements. We think it gives everything a grandiose, romantic feeling. Our violinist Sam is such a genius when it comes to arranging the strings and stuff. He’s very technical, which can be incredibly helpful when something doesn’t feel right. We wouldn’t be able to do it without him, that’s for sure.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yeah! Our debut album ‘The Dance’ is out this year on May 14th. We’re super excited for people to hear it, it feels like we’ve been living with it for a long long time, it’ll be a relief haha.

What else is happening next in NATL PARK SRVC’s world?

Right now we’re doing our best to find ways to give this new album a proper celebration and send off. We’ve lived with it so long that sometimes it’s hard to see that it’s not even out yet! That being said, we have started working on new material that we’re very excited about, and it feels like a natural progression from what we’ve done previously. It feels like magic!

Stream “The Right Thing”: https://open.spotify.com/track/3mi4EhK7ZrE0VSsKknbegH

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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