Live Band Of The Month: Sparks The Rescue

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Hailing from the state of Maine, pop-punk band Sparks the Rescue formed in 2005. After a slight lineup change the band now consists of Alex Roy (lead vocals), Toby McAllister (guitar/vocals), Mike Naran (guitar), Ben Briggs (bass), and Nathan Spencer (drums). Shortly after, the band independently released their first EP Stumbling Skyward.

This album, which was released before Roy joined the band, has duo-lead vocals by McAllister and former member Patrick O'Connell. Their second EP Hey, Mr. Allure, released in 2006, was the first to feature Alex on lead vocals. From that point on, the band began touring extensively in New England, and started gaining popularity.

In February of 2007, Sparks released their third EP The Secrets We Can't Keep on independent label Double Blind Music, to which they had just been signed. Two years later, after a label switch to Fearless Records, the band officially released their first full length album titled Eyes To The Sun. Quite a few songs off this album (such as "Autumn", "Skeleton", "Hello Mexico", and "We Love Like Vampires") have seen radio success, and been used in MTV reality shows like The Real World and The Hills. Most recently, STR released a parody song called "It Feels Good to Be Charlie Sheen" which has made its way onto various comedy blogs. Their sophomore album Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With is set to drop later this month.

Sparks the Rescue have toured extensively throughout North America and abroad. Some bands they have shared the stage with include The Audition, Mayday Parade, The Dangerous Summer, Chiodos, The All-American Rejects, Hit the Lights, A Rocket to the Moon, Forever the Sickest Kids, Hawthorne Heights, All Time Low, and many more. Last year they also played on the Vans Warped Tour.

I've had the pleasure of seeing Sparks the Rescue's live show four times. Frontman Alex Roy's enthusiasm onstage is so contagious, you can't help but flail along with him, jumping up and down and singing as loud as possible. They are so fun and entertaining to watch, and the music is spot on. I've only had very brief encounters with the members, but I can say they have all been nothing but nice, cool guys. You can tell how appreciative of fans they are, and how much they love what they do for a living. I definitely look forward to the next time I can see their show!

Favorite Song(s):
-Autumn
-Nurse! Nurse! (I'm Losing My Patients)
-Skeleton

Upcoming Tour(s):
-March 15th - April 28th w/ The Dangerous Summer, The Graduate, and The Scenic.
-May 5th - May 28th w/ Go Radio, This Century, and Select Start

Don't forget to friend and follow these guys on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter (@SparksTheRescue).