Ones To Watch - Theme Park

Groove-laden, melody-drenched quartet
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Theme Park are four whip-smart Londoners intent on making dark, danceable pop music. Fronted by Miles Haughton, and including his twin Marcus, the quartet sent the Internet gaga last year when they posted their first tracks. The wonky, Talking Heads-like ‘Wax’ and the elegant glide of recent single ‘Milk’ marked out Theme Park’s sonic territory.

“Marcus and I have been writing music in bands for years,” Miles tells Clash. “When this project began we wanted to have a lot of rhythm - because that’s what we didn’t have in previous bands - and for the songs to have a groove.”

After completing their first UK tour with school alumni Bombay Bicycle Club (“the shows were energetic and people danced at them,” Miles beams), Theme Park are now steadily building up to a debut album. “It’s the major thing we are thinking about, to be honest. We have a couple of months before we start doing gigs again, so we are writing, writing, writing. The new songs are slightly more melancholic.”

Next month sees Theme Park open for Florence And The Machine at Alexandra Palace and Miles is thrilled at the opportunity. “It’s our most exciting gig yet,” he reveals. “We are from North London, and I was always going up to Ally Pally so it will be our ‘hometown’ gig.”

Having been touted by a variety of tastemakers, 2012 could be a rollercoaster (ahem) year for Theme Park. Miles, however, is reluctant to get too caught up in the ride. “The publicity stresses me out in some ways,” he admits. “So, our focus is that while it is great if people are talking about us, we just have to do as good an album as possible. It is lovely to be a Clash Ones To Watch, but it just makes me want to go and write more songs.”

Words by John Freeman



Where: London
What: Groove-laden, melody-drenched quartet
Get 3 songs: ‘Milk’, ‘Wax’, ‘A Mountain We Love’
Unique Fact: Twins Miles and Marcus Haughton were named after jazz legends Miles Davis and Marcus Miller.

Photography: Samuel John Butt
Photographic Assistant: Maisi Lee
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