Through the Sparks

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Through the Sparks
Through the Sparks, 2011.
Background information
Origin Birmingham, Alabama
Genres Rock, Psychedelic, alternative rock
Years active2003 - present
Labels Communicating Vessels
MembersJody Nelson - vocals, guitar, piano, organ
James Brangle - piano, organ, guitar
Greg Slamen - bass guitar, piano, guitar, organ
Shawn Avery - drums, vocals
Nikolaus Mimikakis - guitar, vocals
Past membersGrey Watson
Thomas Mimikakis
Michael Shackelford

Guest Horn Section:
Chad Fisher - horn arrangements/trombone
Gary Wheat - saxophone
Omari Thomas - trumpet

Guest Vocalists:
Bo Butler - vocals
Duquette Johnston - vocals
Kate Taylor - vocals
Janet Simpson - vocals
Preston Lovinggood - vocals

Through The Sparks is a Birmingham, Alabama-based psychedelic/folk rock band formed in 2003. [1] The band received critical success following the release of their first full-length LP, Lazarus Beach, in 2007. Their sound is often characterized by lush instrumentation and precise arrangements. [2] The band utilizes both traditional instruments and a variety of electric pianos, guitars, organs, eccentric percussion, horns and synthesizers.

Birmingham, Alabama Most populous city in Alabama, United States

Birmingham is a city in the north central region of the U.S. state of Alabama. With an estimated 2018 population of 209,880, it is the most populous city in Alabama. Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County, Alabama's most populous and fifth largest county. As of 2018, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 1,151,801, making it the most populous in Alabama and 49th-most populous in the United States. Birmingham serves as an important regional hub and is associated with the Deep South, Piedmont, and Appalachian regions of the nation.


[3] [4] Until the March 2016 release of Transindifference (Communicating Vessels), Through the Sparks had remained on the independent label, Skybucket Records for their entire catalog which initiated with the EP, Coin Toss EP in 2005, followed by a limited edition collection of early demos called Audio Iotas: Scraps for the Human Ear later that year. The band's full-length records on Skybucket Records are Lazarus Beach released in 2007 and Worm Moon Waning released in 2010.

Skybucket Records, based in Birmingham, Alabama was formed in the summer of 2002 to release a CD sampler of local music. After the success of this initial release, Skybucket continued to grow, concentrating on signing local musicians and independently releasing their recordings.

Almanac - MMX - Year of Beasts, "a collection of 12 singles released over the course of 2010, monthly, [5] " was released June 21, 2011. A year later Through The Sparks released the Alamalibu EP, named for their East Birmingham, Alabama recording studio, on June 19, 2012. [6] Alamalibu EP featured the single and video 'Angel Fix.' [7] A career spanning retrospective collection of live recordings, live-in-the-studio recordings, remixes and previously unreleased material titled Invisible Kids - was released digitally in January 2014. [8]

On March 18, 2016, Through the Sparks released their 3rd full-length album, Transindifference.

In late 2016, Through the Sparks released a digitally distributed single titled Meteors in Gorges which was produced by Birmingham-based producer Daniel Farris at the Communicating Vessels recording studio and HQ. The single featured a large group of female backing vocalists who were prominent Birmingham musicians and artists.

In 2018, Through the Sparks released their entire catalog on their bandcamp site, which included previously unreleased (or out of print) recordings.


Extended Plays

Coin Toss EPSkybucket2005
Alamalibu EPSkybucket2012


Audio Iotas: Scraps For The Human EarSkybucket2005
Almanac - (MMX) Year of Beasts [2010 Singles]Skybucket2011
Invisible Kids [Live + Studio Retrospective]Skybucket2014

Studio Albums

Lazarus BeachSkybucket2007
Worm Moon WaningSkybucket2010
TransindifferenceCommunicating Vessels2016

Appearances on Other Compilations

Album TitleSong TitleLabelYear
Low Dose ExposureDemons RespondSkybucket2003
Put Your Hand DownMan Alive and Gap in the SparkSkybucket2005
Chords of Relief (Katrina Benefit)PictureSkybucket2005
The Cornerstone Player No. 72Mexico (Every Last Buffalo)Cornerstone Promotion2007
Number 6The Final If And WhenVice2007
Paste Magazine Sampler No. 32L. RoiPaste Magazine2007
Skybucket Spring / Summer Sampler 2011Statue ScaredSkybucket2011

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