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Below is our complete Red Sparowes news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Helms Alee is on tour now, sharing the stage with Boris, Red Sparowes, Young Widows, Akimbo, Narrows and others between now and mid September.
The band is working on a new album (produced by Matt Bayles again) that they hope to finish by the end of the year, ready for realease in early 2011.
Here are the latest Helms Alee tour dates:
8/23 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/26 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/27 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/28 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/31 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
9/03 Louisville, KY @ Z bar w/ Young Widows
9/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Pub w/ Young Widows
9/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Young Widows
9/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Young Widows
9/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Young Widows
9/08 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Young Widows
9/09 Miluwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward
9/11 Bismarck, ND @ Project Noise
9/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's w/ Akimbo, Narrows, The Dark
Jon Mancinetti filmed and edited the whole Red Sparowes set from Grog Shop Show on April 4, 2010. Check out a couple videos from the post-metal/rock band below.
Red Sparowes - "A Hail of Bombs"
Red Sparowes - "We Left The Apes To Rot"
You can see the rest of the set here.
Los Angeles quintet Red Sparowes offers a preview of song snippets from its forthcoming epic, heavy and sprawling third album in a video trailer posted a couple of days ago. The disc, titled "The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer" will be released via Conspiracy Records in Europe and through Sargent House in the USA. Check out the teaser video below.
Doomriders has just announced a US tour with Red Sparrows. Doomriders complete tour schedule is as follows:
02/10: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ Skeletonwitch
02/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Skeletonwitch
02/17: Boston, MA @ The Great Scott w/ Skeletonwitch, Howl, Iron Age
02/20: Hartford, CT @ The Webster: Underground w/ Skeletonwitch, Howl, Iron Age
03/29: Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/ Red Sparowes
03/30: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Red Sparowes
04/01: Dallas, TX @ Lola’s w/ Red Sparowes
04/02: Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Red Sparowes
04/03: Houston, TX @ Rudyard's w/ Red Sparowes
04/05: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon w/ Red Sparowes
04/08: Orlando, FL @ The Social w/ Red Sparowes
04/09: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Red Sparowes
04/10: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Red Sparowes
04/11: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Red Sparowes
04/13: NYC, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Red Sparowes
04/14: NYC, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Red Sparowes
04/15: Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Red Sparowes
04/16: Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa w/ Red Sparowes
04/17: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison w/ Red Sparowes
Los Angeles's RED SPAROWES have posted a new song, entitled "We Left The Apes To Rot, But Find The Fang Still Grows Within," on the band’s official Myspace page. The track comes from the group’s upcoming digital EP "Aphorisms," which was recorded by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool) and will be available for download in August via iTunes, Amazon and similar online retailers.
Red Sparowes recently finished recording new material for an EP they'll be releasing digitally this summer. CD and vinyl versions will surface sometime thereafter. The new songs were recorded with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) and according to the band, "We're all very pleased with the results and can't wait for you all to hear them."
Meanwhile, the band will be touring Europe this summer. Here are the latest tour dates:
07/05 Belfort, France @ Eurockeennes Festival
07/07 Brighton, UK @ The Engine Room
07/08 London, UK @ ULU
07/09 Liverpool, UK @ Barfly
07/10 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
07/11 York, UK @ Fibbers/Barfly
07/12 Sheffield, UK @ The Corporation
07/13 Birmingham, UK @ Custard Factory SuperSonic Festival
07/14 Bristol, UK @ The Croft
07/16 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie w/ Oxbow, Harvey Milk
07/17 Stuttgart, Germany @ Shocken
07/18 Saarbrucken, Germany @ Garage Kleiner Club
07/19 Herk de Stad, Belgium @ Rock Herk w/ Battles
Originally recorded in 1997 and released on Honey Bear Records,"Nervous Circuits" unveiled the kind of punked-up robotic noise and feverish melodies that anticipated the vast and varied keyboard-enhanced punk/rock stylings of These Arms Are Snakes, The Faint and Death From Above 1979. Featuring former Angel Hair members Sonny Kay (vocals) and Joshua Hughes (guitar) alongside bassist/keyboardist Andrew Rothbard and drummer Dave Clifford, The VSS filtered Black Flag’s nihilism through a litany of crooks, hooks, edges and angularities (and their own light show, as seen on the bonus live DVD) to create “an environment of total saturation of sound, light and motion.”
The VSS began in Boulder, Colorado in January 1995 and ended unceremoniously in July 1997. In that time the band relocated to San Francisco, toured the U.S. twice and Europe/UK once, released a series of 7-inch EPs and issued "Nervous Circuits," its only full-length album.
To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and vocal effects in creating a dark, jarring sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set. These two components are said to be influential on the aesthetics of myriad bands to follow in the decade since the band's demise. Of course, the synthesizer was nothing new in punk rock. However, by the mid-90s, the synthesizer was such anathema to musicians still reveling in the faux-grit of grunge, that to the members of The VSS, adding keyboards to underground noise-punk seemed the perfect prescription for what had become a staggeringly dull scene.
The live footage included on the enclosed bonus DVD has been assembled from VHS tapes traded and distributed by fans over the years. Considering that many of the copies were fifth or perhaps even tenth generation and shot on consumer VHS camcorders at all ages venues, the video content is far from professional. However, the video clips capture the essence of The VSS aesthetic -- to create an environment of total saturation of sound, light and motion within a realm far distanced from the tedious trappings of arena rock posturing and production values. The footage represents a good deal of the disorienting, unnerving and cathartic live experience of The VSS... perhaps an essential component to placing "Nervous" Circuits in context today.
* The VSS members currently play in: Year Future (Kay), Red Sparowes (Clifford), Rabbits (Hughes) and Andrew Douglas Rothbard (solo).
Here is the complete re-issue package tracklisting: More...
Red Sparowes and Russian Circles will team up for a West Coast tour in late-March. Here are teh latest tour dates:
3/20 Seattle @ Neumo's
3/21 Vancouver @ Richard's on Richards
3/22 Portland @ Berbati's
3/26 San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill
3/27 Los Angeles @ Echoplex
3/28 San Diego @ Casbah
3/29 Phoenix @ the Brickhouse
Red Sparowes have announced the following upcoming North Amercan tour dates with supporting bands to be announced:
February 15 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
February 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
February 20 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's
February 21 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Austin
February 23 - Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
February 24 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
February 25 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
February 27 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
February 28 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
March 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
March 2 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
March 3 - Washington, DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
March 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
March 7 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
March 8 - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear's
March 9 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
March 10 - Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
March 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
March 14 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
March 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
March 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Pat's Pub
March 21 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
March 24 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Neurot Recordings instrumental act Red Sparowes have announced the dates for a UK tour in support of their new sophomore full length, Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun. The band includes members of Isis and Neurosis and previously made their debut with At the Soundless Dawn.
The Red Sparowes tour dates are as follows:
October 15, 2006 Exeter, UK @ The Cavern w/ Guapo
October 16, 2006 Birmingham, UK @ The Custard Factory w/ Una Corda
October 17, 2006 TBA, UK @ TBA
October 18, 2006 Glasgow, UK @ Barfly
October 19, 2006 Belfast, UK @ TBA
October 20, 2006 Dublin, UK @ The Village
October 21, 2006 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation w/ Una Corda
October 22, 2006 London, UK @ The Scala w/ Una Corda
October 23, 2006 Bristol, UK @The Croft
October 24, 2006 Southamptom, UK @Nexus w/ Ephel Duath, Tangaroa
October 25, 2006 Milton Keynes, UK @ The Pitz w/ Guapo
The Gersch, a stoner-sludge band led by Isis sampler/guitarist Cliff Meyer, will release their self-titled album on June 20. Tracks include "Listwish," "Magnificent Desolation" and "Residue Three." Another band Meyer is in, Red Sparowes, are currently working on their sophomore album, Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun,which is tentatively scheduled for release September 19.
Robotic Empire will release the recently unearthed recording from Windmills By The Ocean. Featuring members of Isis, Red Sparowes, Anodyne, and 27, the album consists of "intense (mostly) instrumental stuff" and was recorded in 2003. The effort will see the light of day on August 8th in both CD and LP format.
A brand new song from Red Sparowes has been made available for download at neurotrecordings.com The song, which is entitled "Like The Howling Glory Of The Darkest Winds, This Voice Was Thunderous And The Words Holy, Tangling Their Way Around Our Hearts And Clutching Our Innocent Awe", is the first mp3 to be made available from the upcoming album to be released on Neurot Recordings in September.