The Beachwood Sparks staged a triumphant return to Los Angeles on Friday night after a 5 year hiatus. Back in 2002, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing them at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, so this time around I went with even greater anticipation. The crowd matched my enthusiasm and was ecstatic to have their warm, harmony laden psychedelic country tunes back again. 

The return of Beachwood Sparks couldn’t have come at a better time. In the age of crazy drum loops and beats and traditional rock bands acquiring often harsh electro elements (I worked in this scene for two years so I’m not putting it down), it’s really refreshing to have some good ol’ fashioned folk songs. Especially with the economy in shambles and the uncertainty surrounding the elections and tense international relations, I know it’s what I personally need to hear…perhaps now more than ever. And with so many other bands coming out right now, like the Fleet Foxes for instance, that owe so much to the Sparks, I think it’s really time for folks to stand up and pay their respects to these modern country rock pioneers. 

 

Beachwood Sparks- Sister Rose


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