Wer oder was ist SParks und wie muss man sich dieses Projekt eigtl. vorstellen?
Bands Franz Ferdinand and Sparks met 8 years ago in Los Angeles. But the turning point for them was 2013 when they got together at Coachella Festival, California.
“Musical love at first sight” wasn’t just about polite backstage talks a la “we should make a song together.” The bands actually started exchanging ideas and soon they had 6 songs on the table. This was point of no return... The idea of “let’s make a song” turned into album making and European tour planning.
Their collab album is produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, R. Kelly, The Roots, Anna Calvi, etc.). According to Spark’s Ron Mael (keyboards), his brother Russell and Alex Kapranos’ (Franz Ferdinand) “voices are very distinctive, so you notice the trade-off between them straight away.” The same goes for the way the styles of these bands merge together. Kapranos admits that his music was significantly influenced by Sparks’ album from 1994 – Gratuitous Sax & Violins.