Sparks The Rescue – Sparks The Rescue EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: August 28, 2012
It’s been 5 years since Sparks The Rescue have released an EP, so it makes sense that their latest self-titled EP marks a fresh start for them. Since their sophomore full length, Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With, Sparks The Rescue have hit a few bumps in the road, leaving Fearless Records and losing drummer Nathan Spencer. However, the guys chose to utilize Kickstarter to fund this EP, using the help of fans to craft their best work to date.
Whereas Eyes To The Sun contained hit after hit of sun-soaked pop-rock tunes – come on, you still know the words to the chorus of “My Heart Radio” – Sparks The Rescue lost their footing on Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With. Seemingly unsure of how to top their debut record, they faltered on the release by playing it too safe, wishing to avoid a notorious sophomore slump. As a result, the release lacked the likability that drenched the summery Eyes To The Sun, being enjoyable yet instantly forgettable.
However, things are different this time around, and that’s clear from the get go. In fact, starting the EP off with “Disaster” may be the best decision the five guys have ever made – seriously, their best decision. The immediate employment of dual vocals – courtesy of former member Marty McMorrow helping out – quickly removes the monotonous taste left from Worst Thing. Adding a varied delivery to the vocals gives the track the necessary kick it needs, making certain our ears are glued to the song and ready for more.
The biting riff in “Burn All My Clothes” ignites Roy’s wails of “Too many times before / I felt as though I’m stuck in a cliché / You can’t sell a broken record / So just throw the songs away / Come on, destroy everything I used to be.” The guitar tepidly builds into these words before taking off into a vicious riff, assuring these words stick in your mind, as this idea of burning the past and being rebuilt upholds the theme of the whole EP.
On “Water Your Heart (Safe, Sound, and Buried),” the band stutter steps its way into the chorus, with piercing guitars weaving in and out of the hook throughout the track. Such buildup really makes the chorus stick out while you’re just waiting for the hook to hit you in the jaw.
The final “Phoenix” changes the whole mood of the EP, with Sparks The Rescue taking the acoustic route out. Ending with this image of a phoenix symbolizes the rebirth of the band: “Fly away, start over somewhere south / She says the weather’s nice.” And so, through these last words comes a new beginning for the band. Funded completely by fans, this is a career-defining EP for the Sparks The Rescue – it is their rebirth and welcome back.