Utah-based Folk-Pop outfit The National Parks see a connection between nature and their music, as their band name might suggest. But they also hope to tap into audience’s connection to the natural world. On March 3rd, 2023, they’ll be releasing their fifth full-length album, 8th Wonder. The album’s title track has also been released, a love song which includes all the Natural Wonders of the World in the lyrics.
Regarding the album, guitarist and vocalist Brady Parks says:
The overarching theme is getting out of our heads, getting into nature and experiencing the world around us with the people who matter the most and living life to the fullest.
The album came about when, early in 2022, National Parks hopped on Zoom for a “New Year’s Resolutions meeting,” where their vision for the new album became clear. The band discussed their ambitions for the year ahead and ultimately decided they wanted to hone in more on their core identity for the next LP. That connection with the natural world became the thematic center of the writing process.
Vocalist and keys player Sydney Macfarlane adds:
We’ve stepped into what The National Parks is. We basically said, ‘This is who we are and who we have always been.’ We decided to show who we are without trying to prove anything. I think it’s our best work.
In addition to the album announcement, The National Parks have also announced the Spring leg of their 2023 8th Wonder Tour. Stops include The Troubador in Los Angeles and Antone’s in Austin.
8th Wonder Tour Spring 2023 Dates:
Friday, March 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Union Events Center
Friday, April 21 – Rexburg, ID – Romance Theater
Saturday, April 22 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Hall
Tuesday, April 25 – Portland, OR – Mission Theater
Wednesday, April 26 – Seattle, WA The Crocodile’s Madame Lou’s
Friday, April 28 – Berkeley, CA Cornerstone
Saturday, April 29 – Santa Cruz, CA The Atrium
Thursday, May 4 – San Diego, CA Voodoo
Friday, May 5 – Los Angles, CA Troubadour
Tuesday, May 9 – Houston, TX The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues – Houston
Wednesday, May 10 – Austin, TX – Antone’s
Thursday, May 11 – Dallas, TX – Kessler
Friday, May 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street OKC
Saturday, May 13 – Denver, CO – Bluebird