A band named Sparrow

As a 30 something who has always been into my music…and by music I mean music played by people who write songs, play instruments and perform live.  I’ve always gone to festivals, Glastonbury, Big Chill, Offset, The Great Escape, Reading, even V! (once when Radiohead headlined supported by Beck, this being the main reasons for what I now see as a less impressive festival from the hundreds every year).  However I have certainly been to a lot less of late, citing a few reasons, I listen less to new music, money is tighter and London where most bands visit more often on tours is a little further away.  These are clearly factors that bother some in their teens/twenties pre-mortgage, increasingly demanding day job etc, but I’d probably go to a hell of a lot more if….the bands were half as talented, personal with their fan base and sounded as live and cared as much about their music as Sparrow do and did when they played on Friday at The Enterprise in Camden.

This is not what I’d call a good photo of Sparrow, iPhone usage at gigs not advised.

Sparrow played through about 40mins of amazing music from their first album ‘Playtime’ including from what I recall including ‘All the things you were hoping for‘ ‘Secret‘ ‘Everyone leaves’ one of my personal favourites ‘Stuff‘ and a bunch of new songs from their new ‘The Rose Garden E.P’ and their forthcoming album ‘However did the wolf get in’ which comes out on the Numbskull record label on May 2012 of this year and available from The Sparrow site and I’m sure Amazon.co.uk where their previous album Playtime is available in Physical and Digital versions and well as being available on iTunes.

If had to point to musical references I’d say think Radiohead, Elbow and Eels (great Eels cover on their ‘The Rose Garden E.P’).  However they shouldn’t be pinned down to those references and they really do weave their own magical musical path.

I highly recommend, check the above links for their youtube songs, and I’ll leave you with a video of the final song they played from their BBC Introducing Stage performance at last year’s Glastonbury and do expect there to be many more similarly great moments for Sparrow.

Here’s Secret from their BBC Introducing Glastonbury set:


Rock Of Ages Finally Looks Like It Will Rock on Film

Finally a film of a musical that looks like not being pretty awful. Ok so not the most positive of starts to a blog I’m sure you’ll think. But to me that’s a great thing! I think maybe my world of musicals has been tarnished by a long list of pretty awful looking west end shows that have been jumping from film to theater and theater to film and a never ending loop of celebrity filled nonsense.

But, Rock of Ages is now looking a great prospect for a film, with a pretty good cast, topped by Mr Tom Cruise, who I have learned to appreciate over the years through his early days in Top Gun, Cocktail, Days of Thunder, Rain Man, Colour of Money, Born on the Fourth of July, Legend even! Through to his middle period of deeper films in Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, Magnolia, Last Samurai and a couple of comedies where his straight role in it often steals the limelight as its played so well.

Tropic Thunder being my favourite of those…

Alongside the Mission Impossible movies which have got better and better…anyway away from the Tom Cruise thing…starting to sound obsessive.

Bit of background about Rock of Ages if you were not aware, it was originally a book by Chris D’Arienzo, built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Asia, among other well-known rock bands.

The film features a good line up and I’ll be making the rarer these days trip to the Cinema for this one.

  • Drew Boley Diego Boneta
  • Sherrie Christian Julianne Hough
  • Lonny Barlett Russell Brand
  • Stacee Jaxx Tom Cruise
  • Dennis Dupree Alec Baldwin
  • Justice Charlier Mary J. Blige
  • Stacee Jaxx’s manager Paul Giamatti
  • Mayor Mike Whitmore Bryan Cranston
  • Patricia Whitmore Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Constance Stack Malin Åkerman

Rock of Ages is pencilled in for a UK and USA Release date of  15th June 2012

Trailer below, and the music from the stage show is available on Amazon UK and can be found via this link: http://amzn.to/xdR09S