Through the Sparks

If you’ll excuse the blatantly obvious for a second, one of the awesome things about the Internet is that you don’t have to be in New York, L.A., Chicago, Boston, Austin, or one of a handful of anointed college scenes to get noticed. Although, no matter where you are, you need a MySpace page come hell or high water. Through the Sparks aren’t in one of the Chosen Towns—they’re in Birmingham, Alabama, which by all accounts has a thriving local scene but probably won’t make any “The next” lists nonetheless. Plus, get this, Through the Sparks record in an actual garage. How…quaint. It’s enough to make you regain faith in American music. It also helps that the music itself is easy on the ears: a thinking feller’s mix of guitar and piano rock that’s both down-home and sophisticated. Any inherent Birmingham-ness or Southernness in general you might be looking to place on these polished pop articles will be as elusive as the band’s lyrics are charmingly obtuse. Maybe that’s the other awesome thing about the Internet: you can be from a scene without necessarily being of it—provided you’re on MySpace.

17 Replies to “Through the Sparks”

  1. Birmingham offers a viable music scene for the informed listener. Intriguing venues abound, from clubs to bonfire barn jams, if you know where to listen. Through the Sparks is a very welcome contributor to our sounds. The music is great! The review is spot on. The new CD is a must. But you should try 'em live. You'll like it.

  2. Even a mother could love this music….easy to listen to and interesting…I'd like to hear it live. Any gigs in CA?

  3. Thomas here from Through The Sparks.
    Just wanted to thank all of you for taking the time to write and spread the word around about us. It's awesome to hear that you all are enjoying our first LP, Lazarus Beach. Check out our myspace page for updates for live dates and new releases at

  4. these guys have such a great vibe when playing live…wonderful band, wonderful music…looking forward to the next album!!

  5. I bought the album after hearing the sample mp3s and I have to say its my favorite album this year. I highly recommend it!

  6. I downloaded those two tracks and liked them very much. I found other tracks from them from another album they did and it was great too. Do they plan to be in the northeast anytime soon. say around Albany N Y.?

  7. the band hopes to get up north as soon as possible. it'll be fall before they would have the ability to travel to new york.
    we're hoping that cmj music marathon works out, so if that's the case, they will be in nyc in mid october.

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