Thursday, July 15, 2010

Red Sparowes announce North American dates with Boris, EU / UK tour in fall 2010

July 15th, 2010

Red Sparowes announce North American dates with Boris, EU / UK tour in fall 2010

Los Angeles epic, heavy quintet Red Sparowes has announced North American tour dates with Japanese heavy-psych band Boris in August, followed by European and UK shows in fall 2010. The band is currently supporting its third full-length album, The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer which was released via Sargent House earlier this year. See complete tour dates and album details below.

Check out the first MP3 track off the album, "Giving Birth To Imagined Saviors" posted HERE. A video teaser for the album has also been posted HERE.

Thunderheads storming across the prairie, outraged students taking to the streets, migratory herds stampeding along the tundra--any number of images could describe the grandiose scope of Red Sparowes’ lush vignettes. Wielding both a master’s sense of nuance and an outsider artist’s unhindered expressionist zeal, the Los Angeles quintet created a catalog of haunting and hallucinatory guitar orchestrations over the course of the millennium’s opening decade. With two albums, a string of split releases, multiple U.S. and European tours, and a number of line-up changes under their belt, Red Sparowes have issued their most impressive creation to date, The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer.

Though Red Sparowes’ music thrives unbound by narrative, the band provides a roadmap to their muse. Their 2005 debut album, At The Soundless Dawn, cast the scientific inevitability of the Sixth Extinction into a grand funeral oration, revealing the message within the individual track titles. Their second full-length, Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun (2006) provided a synopsis of the Great Sparrow campaign of the Great Leap Forward, laying bare its conceptual role. The Aphorisms EP (2008 digital, 2009 12" vinyl) served a thematic precursor to the new album.

Red Sparowes' latest offering, The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer, began with the larger existential pondering of truth, faith, order, causality, and the innate demand for an understanding of the larger world around us. While Red Sparowes’ majesty is hardly in need of story, the provision of the larger metaphor yields a heightened depth and gravity to their work.

Red Sparowes tour:

08/16   Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *#
08/17   Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
08/19   Calgary, AB @ Republik *
08/20   Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room *
08/22   Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater *
08/23   Seattle, WA @ Neumos *^
08/24   Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *^
08/26   San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *^
08/27   Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *^
08/28   Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse *^

09/27   Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka
09/29   Poznan, PL @ Pod Minoga
09/30   Berlin, DE @ Berghain
10/01   Sweden/Denmark @ TBA
10/02   Sweden @ TBA
10/03   Sweden @ TBA
10/05   Oslo, NO @ John Dee
10/06   Sweden @ TBA
10/07   Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
10/08   Holland, NL @ W2 Den Bosch
10/09   Antwerp, BE @ Trix
10/10   London, UK @ Scala
10/11   Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
10/12   Dublin, IE @ Crawdaddy
10/13   Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
10/14   Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/16   Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
10/17   Bordeaux, FR @ L’Heretic
10/18   Nantes, FR @ L’Olympic
10/20   Madrid, ES @ TBA
10/21   Barcelona, ES @ TBA
10/22   Lyon, FR @ Grrrnd Zero
10/23   Bulle, CH @ Ebullition
10/24   Milano, IT @ Bloom Mezzago
10/25   Roma, IT @ Traffic Live
10/26   Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
10/27   Ljubljana, SI @ Menza Pri Koritu %
10/28  Vienna, AT @ Szene
10/29   Muchen, DE @ Felerwerk
10/30   Innsbruck, AT @ PMK
10/31   Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez
11/01   Praha, CZ @ Matrix Club
11/03   Thessaloniki, GR @ TBA
11/04   Athens, GR @ Gagarin

* with Boris
# with The Life and Times
^ with Helms Alee
% with No Age, Abe Vigoda

Artist: Red Sparowes
Album: The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: April 6, 2010

01. Truths Arise
02. In Illusions of Order
03. A Hail of Bombs
04. Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors (MP3)
05. A Swarm
06. In Every Mind
07. A Mutiny
08. As Each End Looms and Subsides

Hi-res photos, cover art and bio:

On the Web:

Members of Red Sparowes are available for interviews. For more information, please contact Cathy Pellow at or Dave Clifford at

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