Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
A Park Tradition
Sound description: Screamo punk
RIYL: Lagwagon, Rise Against, Dillinger Escape Plan, Thrice
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Inception: San Diego, 2004
Current Status: A Park Tradition announced in 2006 that it was going on "indefinite hiatus," echoing blink-182's breakup notice. Guitarist John Prindle went back to school, while bassist Scott Toepfer and guitarist Nick Norton are now in the band Honest Iago.
Influences: Refused, Lagwagon, Evergreen Terrace, Poison the Well, Thrice, Bad Astronaut, Fall of Troy, Glassjaw, Rise Against, Dillinger Escape Plan, Anberlin, Darkest Hour, Bad Religion, Bars, AFI, Zao, Alkaline Trio, Saosin, Pulley
"Our three founding members, John, Nick, and Scott, all grew up in a town called Newbury Park [California], where absolutely everyone is in a band, says Nick Norton, singer/guitarist for A Park Tradition. "You could go to a show somewhere almost seven nights a week and always have a friend or two playing. It might be because there's not a whole lot else to do there. When we moved to San Diego for school and realized not everyone is in a band or is supportive of new music, we thought we'd keep up our town's tradition here."
Newbury Park has also been home to the bands Pulley and Strung Out, as well as upcoming bands SixDifferentWays, Soul Incinerator, and Wish You Were Dead. The trio behind A Park Tradition moved to San Diego so some members could attend school. Musically, no genre was specifically intended; they "just wanted it heavy." After their first EP, they expanded to a five-member outfit, with Jon Cortez on vocals and Mike Solon on drums, and played shows around the Los Angeles and San Diego areas for a few months. They parted ways with Mike Solon due to what they called "his passion for the melodic with Nome Aesthetic." Barry Hackett replaced Solon on drums.
In 2006, the band recorded new music at SushiFish Studios in San Diego; these would prove to be their final recordings.