We’ve all been in love, burned, deceived, and heartbroken and while we are likely not to admit to the amount of ice cream consumed after the fact, we probably also won’t admit to the sappy music we listened to for weeks on end. Well, never fear! Yellow Red Sparks can definitely help you cry it out while simultaneously kicking you in the ass so you land on your feet.
But in all seriousness, I absolutely adore Yellow Red Sparks. The band offers soft melodies without being a total snoozefest. With an indie-folk sound and incredibly heartfelt and raw lyrics, everyone can personally relate to at least one of their songs. They recently put out their first self-titled full length album and are currently supporting it on a cross country tour.
Joshua Hanson (guitar and vocals) started out as a solo artist. After the release of Hanson’s EP, Goldy (drums and vocals) laid down some additional drum tracks and offered his thoughts to Hanson, who liked the added instrumentation so much he decided to expand his work to a full band. Goldy then recruited one of his students, Sara Lynn Nishikawa (upright bass and vocals), to finish out the trio.
The new record has been described as an anthology, encompassing smaller stories which paint a larger picture.
“It’s difficult to tell a story in three minutes,” Hanson says of the record, “each song is a snapshot of a story. The story itself doesn’t have to be linear.”
Although it may hit a little too close to home, my personal favorite song on the record is “Happiness Comes in a Box.”
Johnson says “The song is about trying to make someone else happy, which you find out is impossible, in the end.”
Preach it brother!
Again, I digress. On a happier note, Johnson and I can agree on the deliciousness of biscuits and gravy as well as donuts, some of his favorite food stops while on the road. You bet your ass I recommended a Waffle House stop while trekking through the Midwest. Speaking of “the road,” Yellow Red Sparks is on their first national tour and are heading all the way to our beautiful east coast (Brooklyn!). They also plan on touring again in June and August and will be laying down tracks for a new record!
“Keeping things honest, and making the next record more honest. It’s going to be more intense” Johnson says on his hopes for new tunes.
WHEN: May 17th Doors: 8 pm
WHERE: Union Hall, 702 Union St. Brooklyn
MORE INFO: here