by Derek Van Wagner
Star Parks is that new band you may not have heard of, but after listening to the debut album, it is one you’ll not soon forget. Don’t Dwell was released in May on Paper Trail records. It is chock-full of dreamy guitar hooks, warm melodies and thoughtful songwriting that give it a nostalgic feel right after the first listen. It is tough to put your finger on it, but Star Parks’ sound lands somewhere between Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen and Dr. Dog.
Andy Bianculli is the guitarist and band leader for Star Parks, writing all the tunes and doing the heavy lifting during the recording process. He is joined by Ben Burdick (bass and vocals), Keith Lough (drums), Morris Ramos (guitar and vocals) and Nathaniel Klugman (keys). One of Bianculli’s old bands, the Preservation, was an Austin favorite, playing events like Blues On the Green and ACL Fest. Unfortunately they split after a few years together, but out of the ashes has risen this wonderful new ensemble.
Star Parks will perform on the inside stage at The Blackheart on June 24. It’s one of the most intimate stages in town and truly tests a band to see if they can cut it with limited space, stripped-down sound and just a few inches separating the audience from the amps. This is your opportunity to see a quality band play less than 10 feet in front of you. And, it will most likely be the smallest stage Star Parks will play for a long time to come.
Read more from the Neighborhoods Issue | June 2016