It's only January 8th and already some tours are jumping into full swing. Last night was the debut show for both Parachute's first headlining tour with Safteysuit and the Every Avenue "Who's Driving?" tour. One of the main acts on the latter tour, Sparks The Rescue, has been touring non stop for the past year and it looks like they'll be following the same routine for this year already. The night after the Every Avenue tour finishes out, they'll continue on with current tour mate The Audition!
The boys in the band are used to the touring lifestyle though and seem to be loving life that way! As the current band, they have been making music together since 2005 and have released an impressive amount of three e.p's while dropping their debut LP "Eyes To The Sun" this year on Fearless Records!
The band started in Portland, Maine where some of the members have been playing together since 2001 and have come a long way since! I was able to get some time with Toby of the band who takes on guitar in the band and does some of the vocals. We talked about their plans for the future, the place they found their name and their songwriting process amongst other things! Be prepared to hear a lot about these boys in this new year and check out their myspace to see if they are coming anywhere near you in the future, and if not don't be sad. The way Sparks is planning their year, you're sure to get at least one chance to see them, if not more!
Why Sparks the Rescue for the name?
Toby: It came from a book by Nicholas Sparks..a romance novel I might add! We thought it was a cool name and somewhat unique...which in this day and age is a hard thing to find.
What was the first show you went to as a kid?
Toby: We all grew up going to shows. Ben, Nate and myself all begged our parents to go see Blink 182 any time they were in town and we would always have new favorite bands after watching the openers.
What are your bigger musical influences?
Toby: We all listen to a wide variety of stuff. From classic rock, to 90's pop, metal, indie and even some country jams. It's important to us that we listen to many genres' of music so we can have loads of ideas in the writing room.
How did you go about the songwriting process for the first full length compared to your two previous e.p.'s?
Toby: We wrote the e.p. when we were young and fresh out of high school. The full length took us about two years to write, because we wanted it to be the best thing we could do. So with growing up and taking serious time to write, the sound naturally evolved.
You've released your full length revamped on Fearless earlier this year. How has the reception been so far?
Toby: The reception has been amazing! We are literally living out our dream thanks to our family on fearless. We have been touring non-stop since the record came out and we have never been happier!
You'll be on back to back tours with Every Avenue and The Audition in the new year. What can fans expect at these sets?
Toby: We are going to be playing the most energetic set we can play every night, and we will be hanging out which anyone who wants to chill. We enjoy making new friends every night.
What's your favorite part of touring?
Toby: Like I said, making new friends is a huge perk. Also getting to know other bands that go through the same shit really helps with the stress. We always have a blast because we are able to travel and play our music every night...what could be better?
Who would be your three dream acts to go on the road with?
Toby: Gin Blossoms, Saves The Day and Blink 182.
What's upcoming for the band that fans can look forward to?
Toby: We have been writing, and really trying to make our live show more professional..but not too professional! We are ready to work our asses off in 2010, and we can't wait to see where the road takes us!