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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE October 10

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Described as “the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock”, and internationally acclaimed as pop pioneers, Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable.

In September Sparks will release their 23rd album – ‘Hippopotamus’. Recorded in Los Angeles, ‘Hippopotamus’ sees them take the pop form, shake it up, and create an album that is adventurous, fresh and idiosyncratically ‘Sparks’.

“Hippopotamus (like all Sparks albums) often functions like a short story, with each song reaching a narrative or thematic conclusion that often leaves the listener amused and/or befuddled, but always the wiser of some little overlooked absurdity in life.” Under The Radar

“Like all great Sparks songs, the brothers deliver their sermon standing atop a mountain of grandiose orchestration, investing its un-depleted energy with a joyousness that has come to define its work across 45 years.” LA Times

While recent live performances have seen various incarnations – including performing as a duo and uniting with orchestras – Ron and Russell will be joined on stage by five musicians on this not to be missed tour. Tracks from the album were premiered live in the UK at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival – watch highlights HERE

What The Hell Is It This Time?, official video WATCH

Hippopotamus single, official video: WATCH

“some of the most life-affirming and attention-grabbing pop singles of all time….Sparks lyrics reach the parts which other bands wouldn’t even think to explore” The Scotsman

“modern, sly and subversive. Still relevant” Scottish Daily Mail

“some of the most life-affirming and attention-grabbing pop singles of all time….Sparks lyrics reach the parts which other bands wouldn’t even think to explore” The Scotsman

a fantastic set filled with quirky electronicaLouder Than War

The Mael Brothers’ talent never seems to wane” The Sunday Herald

think Sesame Street brought to you by the letters L,S and D” NME

“combining Dr Seuss whimsy, classical miniaturism and the archest humours – with an invitation to dance – Ron and Russel Mael return as only they can” MOJO

while it’s hard to “miss” a phenomenon as eternally out of place as Sparks, it’s still good to have them back” The Guardian ‘Track of the Week’

“Welcome back you lovely disco oddballs” Music Week

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