Orlando-based pop punks Magnolia Park have released their debut album, the 11-track ‘Baku’s Revenge’ on Epitaph Records.
The band wrote 30 songs for the album before fleshing them out with producer Andrew Wade, who helped them “trim the fat and think about what we’re trying to say”, according to guitarist Tristan Torres.
The chosen tracks combine elements of punk, pop and hip-hop and are teeming with catchy melodies, massive guitar hooks and stadium-ready production.
Opener “?” sweeps aside their social media fame (45 million views and counting on Tik-Tok), while “Misfits” features guest vocals from singer Taylor Acorn and Mayday Parade singer Derek Sanders contributes to “Feel Something”.
The six-piece Magnolia Park features Torres plus frontman Joshua Roberts, guitarist Freddie Criales, bassist Jared Kay, drummer Joe Horsham and keyboardist Vincent Ernst formed in 2019. They’ve since toured with the likes of Sum 41 and Simple Plan, and are currently on a run of live dates with A Day To Remember and The Used.
Addressing depression and mental health, toxic relationships, as well as their own experiences with institutional racism, the band coat them in big hooks and thundering distorted guitars as they race through the album’s hyper-caffeinated 24-minutes.
“I think when [listening] to the messages in our songs and seeing the videos, you see that we’re more than a playful pop-punk band,” says Kay. “We can have a good time and be silly, but we also show that there’s some serious real-world problems that are going on in the world that we want to address and expose.”
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