Today, we're premiering Provo City, UT-based band The National Parks
' new track, "Penny." It's the first single from the group's upcoming Deluxe Edition of their 2017 album Places,
out February 9th, which will feature new singles and acoustic re-workings as well as a dance remix. They're also about to embark on a North American tour, which you can find below.
"Penny" is a simple indie folk song that features nothing but frontman Brady Parks' Bright Eyes-esque vocals and an acoustic guitar. However, just because it's pretty bare bones doesn't mean it lacks emotion. In fact, it's quite the opposite. As Parks sings, "fade then disappear in the rear view," his voice stretches up to a breathtaking falsetto and suddenly, whether or not you're going through a breakup, you sure feel like you are now. It's heartbreaking and, simply put, downright gorgeous.
Brady Parks sent Baeble a statement on the track:
"About 3 years ago I was going through a rough breakup. It was one of those experiences that I couldn't fully wrap my mind around and I remember lying on the floor in my apartment bedroom listening to 'Lua' by Bright Eyes on repeat. For some reason that song was hitting me and capturing the exact emotions I was feeling. After I got off the floor I grabbed my guitar and started writing 'Penny' as a way to sort through everything I was thinking and feeling. It was never a song I intended to release — it was written for one person to hear. Because of that, every line of the song is like a puzzle piece in that relationship, a cryptic description full of metaphors and specific moments. For years it's been one of my favorite songs and it seemed to fit perfectly on the Deluxe Edition of our album so here we are, releasing it to the world."
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
2/7 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall *
2/8 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre *
2/9 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *
2/10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex *
2/12 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge *
2/14 - Vancouver, B.C. - The Rickshaw Theatre *
2/15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox *
2/16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
2/17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
2/22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda *
2/23 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren *
2/27 - Albuquerque, NM - The El Rey Theatre *
3/1 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
3/2 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall *
3/3 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
3/14 - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
3/15 - Bethlehem, PA - Flower Blast Furnace Room
3/16 - Bethesda, MD - Strathmore AMP
3/19 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
* w/ Ron Pope
Places Deluxe Edition
is out February 9th.