The National Parks - 'Lights in the City' (audio) (premiere)

by Jonathan Frahm

31 August 2017

The National Parks reach for uplifting new heights on the energetic anthem "Lights in the City".
 

The National Parks come out swinging with their latest single, “Lights in the City”. The track is bursting in positive energy right from its opening moments.

It’s easy to see that the band is reaching for more ambitious horizons with their newest output. From the naturally uplifting sway of its arrangement to its melding with newfound layers of pop sensibility, one could argue that they’re achieving those goals.
  
“I wrote ​‘Lights in the City’ ​soon after I’d graduated and moved from a college town to a bigger city,” says the National Parks’ Brady Parks on the infectious number. “I had just gotten out of a serious relationship and seemed to be on the cusp of a new one.”

He continues, “So it was a time of transition for me, but that whirlwind feeling wasn’t all negative, most of it was actually really exciting. And the energy of the city kind of ​came to embody that for me: all the messy chaos and beauty of a significant but uncertain time in my life.”

The National Parks’ latest LP, Places, is set to be released on 15 September.

TOUR DATES
September 8 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Cafe
September 9 - Ogden, UT - Givestock
September 14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room
September 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident DTLA
September 20 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
September 22 - Rexburg, ID - BYU Idaho
September 27 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
September 28 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
September 29 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
September 30 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
October 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
October 13 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
October 14 - Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse
October 16 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
October 18 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
October 20 - Boston, MA - The Middle East
October 21 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
October 23 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
October 25 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
October 27 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall

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