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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Red Sparowes: The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer



So the Red Sparowes have a new album coming out on April 6th which caught me off guard. I was wondering what happened to them, it's been 4 years since their last full length we’ve barely heard a peep from them besides their EP “Aphorisms” which was released in 2008. I've always enjoyed their metal-influenced post rock and they were amazing live, so I've been anxious to hear anything new from them. In case you’re unfamiliar with them here’s part of their bio taken from their Myspace page:

"Red Sparowes was formed in 2003 by guitarist Clifford Meyer (also of Isis), bassist/pedal steel player Greg Burns (ex-Halifax Pier), guitarist Josh Graham, bassist/guitarist Jeff Caxide (Isis) and drummer Dana Berkowitz. Caxide and Berkowitz relocated in 2004, leaving the band. Drummer David Clifford (ex-Pleasure Forever, ex-The VSS) and guitarist Andy Arahood (ex-Angel Hair) joined shortly thereafter in the fall of 2004....In August 2009, the band returned to the studio with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool) to record its third album, The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer. The resulting 8-song disc is the first to feature guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle and finds the band's sound progressing ever onward in its balance of heft and melody."

Here's a video preview that contains snippets of the songs from their forthcoming album:



They still got their trademark twang from the pedal steel guitar but it sounds like they’ve taken a departure from any metal leanings and have ventured further into a more “traditional” post rock sound. I’m not sure if the absence of Josh Graham is the main reason for the Red Sparowes new sound but there's definitely a noticable lack of “heavy” in the songs. If that's the case it would seem that Brendan Tobin would be the reason that their EP “Aphorisms” still had some bite in it despite Graham's absence:

"In January 2008, Graham left the band and he was temporarily replaced by Made Out of Babies guitarist Brendan Tobin, who had already toured with the band several times as a fill-in guitarist. Red Sparowes went into the studio with engineer Toshi Kasai in May 2008 and the resulting 3-song EP Aphorisms was released digitally that July via Sargent House. A 12" vinyl version was later released in November 2009."

The snippets from the video still sound good although like most trailers they're playing all the best parts so we'll have to wait for the full album to see if it lives up to the preview. I'll put up a link to pre-order “The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer” but I strongly recommend you also pick up the Aphorisms EP, you get 18 minutes of music for just $2.50! Actually from what I heard so far I personally prefer the EP over the new album. You can listen to and download that EP and their other albums on the Red Sparowes bandcamp page (you can also pick up “At The Soundless Dawn” for only $5 and “Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun” for $7!) *Updated: free MP3 available for download below:

Download the free MP3 off their new album:
"Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors"

Buy and listen to Aphorisms and their other albums here: http://redsparowes.bandcamp.com/

Pre-order “The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer” here: http://hellomerch.com

Red Sparowes Myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/redsparowes

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