In a big city filled with hordes of indie bands, it's not unusual to feel accosted with boring music that sounds like it was created after reading some sort of "Indie Rock for Dummies" book. King Sparrow want to play you something different.
The local three-piece recently completed their forthcoming debut EP, "Derailer," a 5-song record of driving rock that's consistently hard-hitting yet strangely inviting. Crunchy guitar and persistent bass and drums make the melodic vocals of Eric Georgevich strike you right away. Think a mixture of punk and garage with a singer that could easily be singing power pop.
You can check out the band live at Double Door on Saturday, November 15, but for now, read what they have to say about themselves:
How do you describe your music?
We play a driving brand of rock music that can sometimes sound complex, but is really created from very simple parts. When we write the music for our songs we try to be as precise and deliberate as possible, often cutting out anything that can be mistaken as unnecessary flash, but usually leaving in some constructive dissidence. After that we throw some melodic vocal lines on top of it and let her rip. As far as our content is concerned, the subject matter of most of our music is pretty much about chaos. Since the music is tight and exact, but a little bit atonal, and the vocals are melodic, we end up with a strange relationship between form and content. There is definitely some serious tension bubbling underneath the surface.
Where'd you get the name "King Sparrow"?
After a couple of months of passionate, alcohol-fueled debate, we decided that no matter how important someone is within their circle, in the grand scheme of things, it really does not matter all that much. Sure, your friends may look up to you a little, or you may be well respected in your neighborhood, but ultimately you are destined to be deeply effected by events that are entirely out of your control. It feels good to be the King of the Sparrows until some crow comes by and puts you in your place.
You've just completed a new EP called "Derailer." What was the inspiration for it, and why should people listen?
What has been your most memorable experience as a band to date?
What is your favorite place to play in Chicago, or the place you most want to play?
We haven't played the Metro yet, but it would be great to get on the stage there and play our set. We have seen way too many shows there for it to not a have a special significance for us.
What should people expect from King Sparrow in the future?
We are going to try and play out as much as we can in the next year. We are also writing new songs and should also be releasing a full length sometime in 2009.
What's the one thing you most want people to know about the band and its music?
We are really busy dudes with full-time jobs so we play music not only because we want to, but because we need to. Seriously. It is the only thing that keeps us from pinging out. Also, if you offer us scotch whiskey, we will never, ever turn it down.
How can people check out King Sparrow?