years active: 1996-2007, 2013 – Present
Park is from Springfield, Illinois. They began in 1996 with Justin Valenti, Eric Lipe and Jon Heupel. After three shows as a trio Park played with one of Ladd Mitchell’s former bands and Ladd joined Park a week later. Lipe and Heupel left in 2000 to pursue school and were replaced by Miles Logan and Timmy Costello. This current incarnation is the fourth major version of Park. Ladd Mitchell is the only member that has been in all four incarnations of Park.
In October 2001, Lobster Records released the Park album, No Signal. It was produced by Cameron Webb (Lit, Over It, Social Distortion, and later Silverstein).
With the release of No Signal, Park embarked on a yearlong North American tour. They then went home to write songs and returned to California for the recording of It Won’t Snow Where You’re Going, again produced by Cameron Webb, and released in November 2003. Park toured the US three times in 2004. In 2005, frontman Ladd Mitchell released a solo CD under the name A Times Beach Crush Factor. They released Building a Better in 2006 after another round of lineup changes. Webb returned to produce Building a Better, which the band described as “less riff oriented and more about song structure”.
Park recorded a cover version of the Blink-182 song Obvious, which was included in the compilation album A Tribute to Blink 182: Pacific Ridge Records Heroes of Pop-Punk, released by Pacific Ridge Records in 2006.
On February 3, 2007, a blog on the Park Myspace revealed that Ladd would be leaving the band due to personal reasons, and the band would be breaking up.
Mitchell formed a new band, Tiger Tank, in 2011.
On May 17, 2013 it was announced by frontman, Ladd Mitchell that they have reunited and are working on a new album.
Aaron Bickel – guitar
Miles Parkhill – drums
Alex Haycraft – bass
Ladd Mitchell – vocals/guitar