Magnolia Park Bio
Magnolia Park is lead vocalist Joshua Roberts, guitarists Tristan Torres and Freddie Criales, bassist Jared Kay, drummer Joe Horsham, and keyboardist Vincent Ernst. Ever since forming in just 2019, Magnolia Park has consciously pioneered inclusivity in the punk world. They are dedicated to spreading the message of #PopPunkInColor to ensure that the genre is one where people of all backgrounds are represented on and off stage.
The ‘Heart Eater’ EP, was recorded in LA in a “whirlwind week” according to the band, with the help of producers Matt Malpass, Andrew Wade, and Andy Karpovck. Rooted in pop-punk sensibilities while staying true to their unique styles, Magnolia Park incorporates elements of hip-hop, emo and alternative pop into their eclectic mix of sounds. In their Heart Eater era, the band finds themselves favoring production bursting with alluring synths and Tik-Tok dance-worthy trap beats, layered over the guitar riffs and sing-a-long melodies that have propelled them into an ongoing upward trajectory.
During the writing process, the band was fueled by the whimsical, carefree worlds of Studio Ghibli, consuming a diet of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. Drawing inspiration from the fun & colorful aesthetics, it is reflected in the whimsical, otherworldly soundscapes that can be heard in Heart Eater. While conceptually influenced by light and airy anime, the lyrical motifs found throughout Heart Eater peek into the everyday issues that we face and how it affects us mentally. Utilizing lines such as “Gotta choose between gas or food” or “Don’t need your love, you’re my drug make the dose bigger,” the band explores the darker realities of life while adding an optimistic spin and uplifting melodies to contrast those less-than ideal situations.
When asked what they want fans to take away from the EP, Magnolia Park reminds us that “Even though we are getting older we shouldn't take ourselves so seriously and we should always remember to have fun and enjoy life.” Additionally, they encourage us to “Surround ourselves with people who love us the most.”