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The National Parks formed in 2013 in Provo, Utah and has since independently released three studio albums. Built around male/female vocals and guitar/piano/violin instrumentation, the band’s debut album Young (2013) fit nicely within the indie folk genre and climbed to #13 on the iTunes’ Singer/songwriter chart while garnering praise from press outlets such NPR’s All Songs Considered. With their sophomore album, Until I Live (2015), the band took a step away from the folk niche but still emphasized their core elements in a much more expansive and energetic album that charted on Billboard’s regional Heat Seekers and carried them across North America where they filled small clubs in every US region and made appearances at SXSW, Snowmass Mammoth Fest, Musikfest, and Canadian Music Week.
Their third studio album, Places, released in September of 2017, found the band continuing to evolve sonically. Places incorporates distinctive pop, electronic, and rock elements blended with frontman Brady Parks’ signature songwriting and the warmth of the group’s well-loved vocal harmonies and classical instrumentation. In less than one month, the album had been streamed more than 1,000,000 times on Spotify with individual tracks being included on major Spotify playlists such as Pop Chillout, Indie Pop, and Morning Commute. By year’s end the band had toured the new album to full rooms coast-to-coast, including being the first independent artist from Utah to sell-out the 1,200 capacity The Depot in Salt Lake City.
The National Parks’ earliest touring was done as a three-piece but has grown as the music has evolved. A wide cast of musicians have joined as touring members of the band but by 2015 the group had settled into a consistent five-piece setup with Brady Parks being joined by Sydney Macfarlane (the only other original member) on keys and vocals, John Hancock on electric guitar, Cam Brannelly on drums, and Megan Parks on violin. In February/March 2018, The National Parks will be joining Ron Pope as direct support on his “The Dancing Days World Tour.”