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PARK RD - Album Review The Novel

23 May 2024 // A review by Kerry MB

It’s easy to see why Auckland five-piece, PARK RD is making some noise, figuratively and literally with their debut album, The Novel.

Heavy on the indie, but far from light with solid guitar riffs and pop and funk sensibilities, PARK RD are a great example of solid musicianship.

Of these 13 tracks, each ebbs and flows in its own style and timing. Catchy, each song never lingers longer than it should. Going off the page, take for example closing track in, Every Night. Funk driven with those unmistakable pop overtones and a guitar edge. It gets you grooving, but coming it at just over 3 minutes long, it’s just enough.

Vocally, there is a lot of soul to this debut. At times poppy and light, other times more heartfelt, and specifically, on track, Hey, Hello. A really gentle number that far from gets lost in the fray. It has the kind of song writing that catches your attention.

Going back to solid musicianship, that’s exactly what PARK RD have continuity in, with The Novel. Their song writing ability is unmatched, especially for a debut and it shows strong and proud. Along with being excellent musicians and having an album that is solidly produced makes for an even better listening experience.

My stand outs have to be Tonight, I, and Ride. Both songs remind me of another outstanding Auckland band, Tablefox. Both songs (and bands) hold great lyricism and energy and it’s a pleasure to listen to.

The time is now for PARK RD and with this much going for them, you know it won’t be long before more noise is made about them.



PARK RD is a 5-piece indie/rock band from Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Known for their energetic live show and maturity in their songwriting beyond their years, the band are gearing up for the release of their debut album, a release which shows their pop-inspired, guitar-driven sound.

Formed as school friends, the band have quickly formed a reputation as one of Auckland's most exciting new talents. The past 12 months have seen the band perform at festivals such as SXSW Sydney, Rhythm & Vines, Soundsplash, Le Currents, and support Milky Chance, Spacey Jane & Summer Thieves. This summer alone has seen them take to the mainstage at Rhythm & Vines, perform at the Golden Lights Festival alongside Foals & Peggy Gou, and support Milky Chance and The Band CAMINO.

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The Novel
Year: 2024
Type: Album
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Year: 2022
Type: Album
Year: 2020
Type: Album

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