By Patrick Hickey Jr.
Review Fix chats with King Parks’ Timon Moolman, who discusses the band’s origin, creative process and so much more.
Review Fix: How did you get involved in music?
Timon Moolman: When I turned 12, my parents said I could either have a guitar or an Xbox for my birthday. I often wonder if I made the right decision.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Moolman: Calling it a process would be generous. I write in random passionate spurts where I become obsessed with an idea or an event and put my whole heart into it. It is often bad for my health, my sleep, and my liver, in the end – we have some songs. If I think one of them is good enough, I will bring it to the band and we will go from there.
Review Fix: What inspires you?
Moolman: The shared human experience. I think we all have so much in common and I think art is one of the most powerful ways to make those connections.
Review Fix: How has CO-Vid affected your art?
Moolman: CO-Vid has pushed back everything for the band. We are finally getting around to releasing our first full-length album, a project we started in the summer of 2018.
Review Fix: What does music mean to you?
Moolman: Music is the only thing that has ever felt worth it to me. I admire people who put their whole lives into making fat stacks of cash but I have a tough time caring about that and would much rather play my guitar.
Review Fix: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?
Moolman: I get this all the time – I ask if they know Manchester Orchestra, if they say no (which they usually do), I will mention Foo Fighters and say it is alternative rock that likes to get heavier than it has the right to be.
Review Fix: How are your live shows different from your studio work?
Moolman: I think they are generally heavier, there is a lot of screaming and yelling in our music and as the show goes on, more and more notes that should be sung join the chorus of shouts.
Review Fix: What inspired your latest single?
Moolman: “Coffee Cheques” is inspired by the small regret I feel when I smoke a cigarette, a shadow of the large regrets that forced me to grow up and realize that the decisions we make in life are not black and white. Like much of our upcoming album Everett, this song tells the story of loss of innocence and coming of age. The heartbreak that serves both as its catalyst and aftermath.
Review Fix: What are your goals for the rest of 2021?
Moolman: Release the album with as much pizzaz as we can possibly muster. We have put so much into this and are so proud of it. Our goal is to get as many people to listen to it as we can!
Review Fix: What’s next?
Moolman: 2022 will be a big re-evaluation year for the band. We will need to decide what we want the project to look like moving forward. On the plus side, we have a couple of releases ready to go including reimagined versions of a number of the songs on the album and a Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift cover we like quite a bit.
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Moolman: October 29! Mark it in your calendars! Our album will be coming out that day with an accompanying show at Mills Hardware in Hamilton, Ontario!