Yeah, not gonna be able to play this on the radio either.
It took this writer a lot of time to get Sparks. Post-40, certainly. That early stuff still sounds really good, but in the last few years they seem to have become substantially more playful and outspoken. You could say – naively – that climate change isn’t necessarily their fight given that Ron and Russ are both in their 70s now, but their festive output focuses on that and with the addition of a chorus of kids sees Russ kind of hand the baton to the coming generation. Honest and heartfelt and not totally devoid of hope.
A new album is to follow in 2020 along with tour dates. Catch them while you still can.
words by @johnnydobbo