Five and Five: Park Lane

After recording their upcoming EP, EMURG caught up with Park Lane guitarist Mike Keller who discussed, amongst other things, current influences, their work with veteran lead singer Carley Coma and surprises related to their upcoming EP.

Part I:

1.CFW: How did you come up with the band name?

PL: The new band name was actually taken from the title of the last record Letters From The Fire” When we came up with that name we said to ourselves “Man, that would have been a cool band name!”  Now, we have the opportunity to use it!

2.CFW: What artists/bands/songs/albums influenced you?

PL: We are influenced by a lot of different bands and genres. I would say some of the main influences on this new EP are A Perfect Circle, Killswitch Engage, and Nine Inch Nails.

3.CFW: What are you listening to right now?

PL: Right now I am listening to Periphery’s “Totla Mad”.

4.CFW: What’s your favorite show/performance been as a band?

PL: New Jersey with Fuel was awesome!  We played for a packed house at the Starland Ballroom. We had a great response there and will definitely be going back.

5.CFW: If I want people to remember one song from our band, it would be…

PL: “The Fallen” has always been a fan favorite and has always been a go to song for this band.  I hope that even with these new changes in band name and sound that the fans don’t forget about that song.

Part II:

1.CFW: Carley, of course, had years of working in Candiria. How has his experience in such a well-respected metal band helped this band?

PL: Well, what’s amazing about Carley is that he didn’t come into this band and start barking orders.  We actually had no idea who Candiria was until after he joined the band.  Because of that, there was a mutual respect and understanding for  each other’s  musical talents right off the bat.  But he is by far the best and most talented singer I have ever worked with.  With his voice came out a whole new sound from this band and he has become a true friend and brother.

2.CFW: You guys had a pretty lively year last year, touring with the likes of Fuel and putting out a new record. What are your plans for the rest of 2012?

PL: Well, we have teamed up with a few great people and are now finishing up our new EP.  We have some big plans which we can’t talk about yet, but they will be announced soon! I can as much as we are planning to hit the road in the fall.

3.CFW: Ben Moody (Evanescence/We Are the Fallen) is the producer of the upcoming EP. Being familiar with his work, what was it like working with him and did it introduce a new dimension for the band?

PL: Ben Moody has been a huge inspiration to this band.  His producing style really allowed us to push our own sound and reach for something that we could be proud of.  He challenged us to not be afraid to write outside of the box and push the limits of what was expected of us.  We are so fortunate to have been able to work with him.

4.CFW: How would you compare Letters from the Fire to the new EP?

PL: Letters From The Fire was us taking a few steps back to learn how to write music.  A lot of the songs in my opinion were safe.  This new EP is, in my opinion, a true and total  representation  of this band and where the sound will take us.  We definitely went for the ‘epic’ factor on a few of these songs and hope to bring that same vibe to our look, story, and live performance even more than we have in the past.

5.CFW: We here at EMURG love your music, although there are some EMURGers that are still just getting to know your music. What do you have to say to them?

PL: Thank you!  We appreciate that very much! It means the world to us. I would say to look out for this new EP, and give us a shot. We are all about the fans and we have become so close to so many of them all around the US. We look forward to meeting many more!

We here at EMURG really appreciate that Mike from Park Lane took the time to answer our questions. Awesome band and awesome music. For more Park Lane, check out their last album Letters From The Fire at most digital outlets, including Amazon and for those of you who are still not convinced, check out my review of the album here.