Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Agent Sparks live @ First Avenue 8/1/06
My friend Sarah recommended these guys to me. To be honest, I don't really know much about them. I guess we'll learn together today...
LA's Agent Sparks were in town last Tuesday as they opened up for Blue October. Luckily, Sarah checked them out and here's what she had to say about the gig:
Apparently the band was having a string of bad luck before they arrived in Minneapolis:
1) Their van blew a tire on the way to the show.
2) George Purviance (drummer) broke his foot in the accident.
After finding out about this, I was a little nervous about how their set might go, but to my delight (and I’m sure the band's as well) it turned out to be a rockin' show!
Agent Sparks really got the crowd involved in their music. At any given time there were people bouncing and dancing, clapping, and giving praise to the band. The songs “Pollyanne” and “Face the Day” got the audience roaring.
I think my favorite moment of the evening was when Ben (Vocals/Guitar) and Stephanie (Vocals/Keys) got the people on the floor to bunch together for some crowd-surfing. The people in the audience managed to get a girl and a guy up for a few minutes during the song “It’s not my Time”.
I would have to say, for a band that was having some pretty bad luck, this show turned out to be perfect! George was super-fantastic on the drums even though he had a broken foot; if anything, this actually shows how truly great the band is.
This is one of the most exciting and heartfelt bands I've seen in a while.
Thanks Sarah! Here are a couple of tunes:
mp3: Agent Sparks - Pollyanne
mp3: Agent Sparks - Mr. Insecurity
Agent Sparks Website
Agent Sparks MySpace
Have a nice Wednesday. I have to mentally prepare myself now for what lies ahead tonight...