Like grandma always says, when one door closes, another opens.
When NYC band The Lounge Act lost a few members, they could have called it quits. Instead, they’ve re-branded. Enter Warpark, the trio formed from former Lounge Act members Simon Arcenio (guitar/vocals), Roger Walsh (bass) and Nick Ciccantelli (drums).
“I locked myself in my room and told myself, ‘I have to get better at guitar if this band is going to survive,’” Arcenio tells BTRtoday. The single premiering today, “Early Onset Regret,” was a product of that moment. “I looped riffs in my bedroom and accompanied myself with guitar as best as I could,” he adds.
Though they still plan to pull from similar inspirations as The Lounge Act, Warpark intends on having a more sophisticated sound, with refined and polished instrumentation. The single below is a robust mixture of sounds that curates a catchy and bubbly melody still dark and mysterious.
Arcenio says a lot more music will come from Warpark in the New Year, with a possible music video as well. Read the entire interview with Arcenio and check out the brand new track from the brand new Warpark below.
BTRtoday(BTR): So why the name change? Does this mean Lounge Act is completely done? Where did the name Warpark come from?
Simon Arcenio (SA): The name change has been something about a year in the making. Our second guitarist left the band back in early 2016 and we’ve since been experimenting with our songwriting and arrangements to fill that gap. What we came up with was something really different from where this band started, so it felt natural to change the name. Warpark came from a sign on the highway. We were on tour somewhere in Virginia and Roger saw a sign that said “Historic Civil War Park.” He said it out loud a couple of times and that was it. After so many months of waiting for something we could all agree on, it just kind of clicked.
BTR: Is this going to be a completely different sound, now that you’ve got a new band name?
SA: Yeah. We’ll always have our main influences that sparked wanting to create music in the first place, but we’re writing at a higher quality now.
BTR: Who are some of your inspirations?
SA: We all come from very different backgrounds in music. We have artists who we’ve bonded over and we credit them for bringing us together. Especially the New York rock bands of the early 2000’s like the Strokes, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many others in that genre. But I’m an Indie-boy, Nick is a metalhead and Roger’s a punk. Through these differences, we’ve each become very accepting of styles of music outside of our own.
BTR: How did you guys all meet and decide to be in a band together?
SA: We met in high school. We would spend our lunch hour in the music room together covering the same two Arctic Monkey songs. Fast forward to college around 2011, Roger sees a video of me performing at an open mic and asks if he can play bass. Nick was a good friend at that point, and he also happened to play “The View from the Afternoon” [by The Arctic Monkeys] the best on the drums, so we asked him to join.
BTR: How long have you guys been playing together? Has your writing process evolved at all since you guys started writing together?
SA: We’ve been playing for six years, which I am really grateful for. Naturally, when writing with the same partners for so long, we’re able to provide one another with a level of comfort that’s good for creativity. We do experiment a lot with the writing process and it has changed over the years. Now, we collaborate more and get songs finished faster than we have in the past.
BTR: Tell me a little about this single “Early Onset Regret.” What was the creative process for it like?
SA: “Early Onset Regret” is a special song to us because it was our first song that we had written since we got back together after the loss of one of our members. I locked myself in my room and told myself, “I have to get better at guitar if this band is going to survive.” I looped riffs in my bedroom and accompanied myself with guitar as best as I could. So, this song was originally written on a loop pedal, which coincides with it being a more repetitive song. Once we were ready to jam together again, I showed Nick and Roger the song and it quickly took on a life of its own that I could not have foreseen. This is a cliché, but the song wrote itself.
BTR: How are the lyrics inspired? Any real life stories you guys tend to write about?
SA: Melody is our first step. Once the melody is in place, I add lyrics that I think sound good in the context and hopefully match the character of the song. I try to create an emotional vibe through my wording. I’m often inspired to write little lyrics and sayings in a notebook I carry. I find lyrics while reading books, or looking at titles of TV shows, over-thinking something. It can be anything.
BTR: What should we be looking out for in the future of Warpark?
SA: A lot more music. We’re planning to record an album throughout 2018. We intend to sit tight until we have something we’re really proud to share. So, a definitive release date is still a ways off—but expect a couple of singles and a music video directed by the band in 2018.