Song culled from new album out next week.
By Blurt Staff
Over the course of 10 years during which they issued two full-length albums, two EPs and three compilations, Birmingham’s Through the Sparks have been a cult & critical favorite, and now they’ve got a fresh ‘un about to drop next week, March 18, by the ever-eclectic Communicating Vessels label. Transindifference is the title, and we are honored to premiere the track Heavy (-30-)” [aka dash-thirty-dash] for the BLURT readership:
As the band’s label duly notes, Transindifference is their “most ambitious and fully realized work to date—an eclectic modern take on spacey ‘70s glam, sparkling ‘80s New Wave, anthemic modern indie rock, and heady synth-anchored psychedelia… [This single] is shimmering new power-pop-tinged single “Heavy (-30-)” [aka dash-thirty-dash] cuts through with lyrics that rival Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Silver Jews’ David Berman, while mining similar sonic territory.”
Indeed. It’s a remarkably accomplished record, one which fully justifies the aforementioned praise.
Together since 2003, the band has also notched kudos for their high energy live shows, with vocalist Jody Nelson an obvious focal point with his charismatic stage presence and sophisticated lyrics. Transindifference, however, marks a subtle, yet meaningful, shift for them, especially for Nelson. As he puts it, “I wanted to be less dark about things. I wanted to put some positivity in there. After I stepped back from the album, I realized that the scope had widened. The pendulum had swung the other way.”
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Photo credit: Hilary Duke