Red Sparowes

Red Sparowes

Red Sparowes is a Los Angeles post-rock band comprising current and former members of Isis, Halifax Pier, Angel Hair and Pleasure Forever. Josh Graham of Neurosis, although a founding member, has recently left the band. Their sound is characteristic of soundscape-influenced experimental rock, with an otherwise uncommon extensive use of a pedal steel guitar.


Red Sparowes formed in 2003 as another project for its members. Through signing to Neurot Recordings, Neurosis' record label, Red Sparowes toured with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Made Out of Babies in 2004 after recording demos for their debut album. The debut was recorded in late May 2004 by engineer Desmond Shea, with the resulting sound in the vein of guitarist Bryant Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide's band Isis, Chicago post-rock/metal outfit Pelican, as well as bands as varied as Sonic Youth and The Cure. Members Jeff Caxide and Dana Berkowitz relocated in late 2004, thus forcing them out of the band.

Red Sparowes' first studio album, At the Soundless Dawn, was released in February 2005, following guitarist Bryant Clifford Meyer's other band, Isis, in their initial tours in support of Panopticon. Shortly after this release, a split 12" was released with Gregor Samsa. The Red Sparowes side contained the second track from At the Soundless Dawn, "Buildings Began to Stretch Wide Across the Sky, And the Air Filled With A Reddish Glow," as well as a song recorded during the album's recording sessions with guitar from Michael Gallagher of Isis, initially only available on the Japanese release of the album. After the release of the album the band headlined a tour in Europe and participated in an American tour with Pelican, Big Business and Breather Resist. After touring the band released their follow-up record, Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun, in 2006. This release was followed by more touring of North America and Europe.

Recently Josh Graham has parted ways with the rest of the band to pursue a musical project with Vinnie Signorelli, the drummer of Unsane, called A Storm of Light. Red Sparowes began recording new material with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool) in May 2008 for release later that year.





Studio albums

Title Released Format Label
At the Soundless Dawn February 22, 2005 CD, 2xLP Neurot Recordings
Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun September 19, 2006 CD, 2xLP CD by Neurot Recordings
LP by Robotic Empire
Aphorisms August 1, 2008 CD, 1xEP Sargent House

Other Works

Title Released Format Label
Self-titled (demo) 2004 CD Self-released
Untitled split with Gregor Samsa 2005 12" (2005)
CD (2006)
Robotic Empire
Triad split with Made Out of Babies and Battle of Mice 2006 CD, 3x7 Neurot Recordings
Black Tar Prophecies Vol. I split with Grails 2006 12" Robotic Empire
Oh Lord, God of Vengeance, Show Yourself! (live album) 2006 CD Neurot Recordings

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