MooseCreek Park - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview MooseCreek Park. We discussed how the band helped with boredom during the pandemic, writing and recording new song “Dash O’Fish”, songwriting, artwork, collaborating with Thumbs Up Records, and more. Check it out below.

Can you tell me how you formed the band for those who may be unfamiliar with it? How did you initially become interested in music?

MooseCreek Park started in August of 2021 out of boredom to be honest. The lineup of the band has certainly changed since then but the band started because we were all bored and tired of having nothing to do during the pandemic. When we started playing together shows finally started happening again, which was kinda perfect timing for us. 

Each member of the band has been a musician for about 8-10 years so we all found our love for music at around the same age (10-12 years old). Everyone was inspired/pushed into music in a different way but regardless are grateful that we had the ability to get into it so early. 

Your new song “Dash O’Fish” comes out in May. Can you tell me about writing and recording the song?

“Dash O’Fish” was the first song we wrote with our guitarist Ryan Brown who brought a bit of a shoegaze/post hardcore vibe to what we had going on. With a majority of the song being very emo/pop punk inspired, Ryan brought some interesting ideas to the table. Particularly his lead parts during the chorus and bridge section of the song. Being that the song was pulling inspiration from his former project “The Fishermen” we figured naming the song after them would be a funny way to pay respect to some of our best friends on the island. 

The song itself was recorded during the second half of our sessions at Sound Acres with Gary Cioni. Working with Gary on this was amazing. I believe we spent a total of 3 weeks recording with him, everything we did with him came out awesome and we made a great new friend in the process. 

Do you have a favorite lyrical or musical moment from the song? Why?

Vinny - This song is one of my favorites lyrically. The song is written about my father who passed from cancer when I was fourteen. He’d always tell me that when he was gone it was my responsibility to take care of my Mom and sister, so the lyrics “I’ll comfort her, this all just seems surreal” are referring to this. Him and I were very close so this song means a lot to me. 

What’s your favorite part of writing songs? What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of songwriting?

Writing songs has always been something that we would kinda breeze through. It always just starts with one idea that we just jam on for a while until we have a song. With some of the newer stuff we have been writing the process has been a bit different; but as far as everything we have on the way the writing process was relatively smooth.

I think the artwork for the song looks cool. Who came up with the concept for it and designed it?

Our friend Zack Brown did the cover art for us. He does a lot of the art for shows happening around Long Island and we always thought everything he did was sick. Wanting to support other creators on the island we decided to reach out and see if he was interested in working with us. When he said yes we were all stoked. The idea for the cover art came from one of the lyrics in the first verse “Collide with the stars, I’ll crash my car”. We are all super happy with how it came out. Zack totally killed it. 

This is your second new song this year. Are these standalone singles or could you be leading up to a new EP or album?

In September of 2022 we had booked two weeks with Gary Cioni at Sound Acres and had originally planned to record a six track EP. After we finished our two week session he invited us back for another week in December to record a few more tracks, making what was supposed to be another EP our debut LP which will be out later this year. 

You signed with Thumbs Up Records. What made you decide to sign with them and how has the experience been so far?

Before we even recorded the LP we’d had conversations about how cool it’d be to team up with Thumbs Up at some point. All the bands on the label are absolutely incredible and when we heard that they were interested in working with us we were all super stoked. So far our experience with the team has been nothing but positive. They’ve been super cool and accommodating to our needs. We’re definitely very grateful to have joined the Thumbs Up family. 

Do you have a favorite Thumbs Up artist or project that the label has released?

Thumbs Up doesn’t miss with a single release but some of our favorites are definitely Ben Quad, Riley!, American Beauty and Endswell

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

We love our parents very much, thank y’all for always supporting us. 

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