Harry Potter loves Ball Park Music


So I was kicking around the internet when I came across a video of Daniel Radcliffe being interviewed during a photoshoot to promote his new movie Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

The interviewer from the UK Guardian asks Daniel what’s on his iTunes. The ever cheerful Daniel opens up his laptop and rattles off a list of some pretty cool indie rock acts… The Black Keys, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Pixies… Ball Park Music.

Wait a minute, isn’t that the Brisbane band that no one outside of our fair country has heard of (yet)?

I rang Ball Park Music frontman Sam Cromack to ask him what it was like to have such a hallowed fan as Harry Potter and this is what he said:

“I was on my way to the markets and our bandmate Paul sent me a text and he massively underplayed how big a deal it was. He said, check out this video I think it’s pretty cool. I thought it was going to be one of his housemates doing something stupid. And I had a look and there it was Daniel Radcliffe going through his iTunes, and picking us out amongst, like you say, a whole bunch of high pedigree indie rock acts.

“I honestly have no idea how he heard about us. We just toured the UK and Europe and did a short stint in the US as well. but our radio coverage in the UK is next to zero. There are some Aussie expats there but I doubt they’re friends with Daniel Radcliffe! Someone did tell me he has been spending time in US and we’ve had more airplay there so that’s a possibility. But honestly, who knows, but it’s exciting nevertheless.”

The band’s Facebook page went wild with the news, and hopefully it will mean some new fans for the band too, if Harry spreads the word.

“It would be cool to reach out to him and say g’day and send him some new music when it’s done,” says Sam.

Ball Park Music are now in the studio finishing up their third album, a follow up to Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs and Musuem. If you’re not familiar with the band, here’s a couple of reasons why Dan is such fan, and you should be too: SurrenderIt’s Nice to be Alive

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