Fresh off this week’s featured album, band Brissy gave us their version of a 1997 Radiohead classic.
The group recorded in the music studios of the Queensland University of Technology, where they met to study music. âWe really wanted to start a band and get out of it,â Sam recalls.
This is also where they really started the group. âThe professor literally pointed at us in a circle like, ‘You guys, you’re a band’ and then moved on,â Jen says. “And yes, it just worked, which never happens.”
This professor was precisely Geoff Green who played in George and yes, you can say that it really worked.
âOur group mission has lasted for 10 years!
While this isn’t their first Like A Version rodeo, âThere’s nothing going to stop you from shitting your pants off before doing Like A Version,â Sam says. âIt doesn’t get any easier. It never ceases to be exciting, âagrees Jen.
The time had finally come for them to take on Radiohead, which Sam says is one of his all-time favorite bands. âI don’t know how much their influence really shone in Ball Park because we’ve generally been a more pop and energetic band, but I’ve loved them since I was a teenager.
âThey really made me discover more complicated chords and melodies and took me out of expectations of the genre – it really instilled those values ââin me. It’s just a great group that’s improving all the time.
So why this Radiohead song? âWell, that’s kind of their holy grail; this song that’s long and flashy and a bit of a masterpiece, âSam says.â It’s the jewel in their crown that we’ve joked about covering for years and years and years. Then when we pitched songs for this time it came back and everyone was rubbing their hands. “
As to whether they think the song is still relevant in 2020, Sam says they’ve talked a lot about the lyrics throughout this process.
“We were laughing and saying this song has, like, a weird vegan energy that was ahead of its time.”
“Singing the song at the end of the bridge, those lyrics like ‘Yuppie network / Panic, vomit’ – I don’t know, those were really fun lyrics to shout in 2020.”
As for their original, the band chose to make “Cherub”, which Sam calls their “favorite track off the record.”
Watch Ball Park Music perform “Cherub” live for Like A Version:
âIt’s a bit of a curved ball that it was even written and done on record,â he explains. âWe weren’t planning on releasing it as a single or anything, but it just got such a great response. We were really blown away.
The origin story is “long and fragmented” and spanned years: “I must have written it honestly, five or six years ago and never did anything with it. Dean was always on my back. like “man this is a good song, you should finish this” and i finally started doing it this year.
âI got that chorus very easily and it was the first thing I had written more from a character point of view in a long time, where I put myself in someone else’s shoes. I just imagine them. running away from home to a new city and picking a number out of a flyer and starting a new life.It was an easy scene to paint, but it took me a long time to fully understand the verses.
“We’ve definitely all had moments in the studio like, oh shit, this song is really something.”
The track was released from this week’s album, their self-titled sixth album. After being in the game for 11 years, why call it that?
“Well, we just thought Ball Park Music was a really good band and we should honor them with an album title. [laughs]. No, it was actually like a weird trip like hell. We had another track for the album, we were gonna call it Quite sunny.
âWe had this track probably halfway through the recording. It was just like a bad sounding line for an album title, but it was such a weird journey to finish the album and then COVID and everything. “
âIt wasn’t all sunny anymore,â Jen continued. “So yeah, we thought it could all come from Ball Park Music, so why not.”
Behind the “Paranoid Android” version of Ball Park Music: