Still Spark still here
We’ve got some great new material brewing that we can’t wait to share with you! Until then, here’s an acoustic version of a track from our freshman release that we threw down after a great songwriting session today at Seth’s house.
Still Spark Album Cover Contest Winner
GUESS THE ALBUM COVER CONTEST
Hey all! We’ve been busy with some great new projects and we’ll tell you all about them soon. That said, we haven’t forgotten about our debut Still Spark record. We’re still super thrilled with it and we promise not to be out of touch for so long again. One of the bits of business to pick up on is to settle up with the “guess the album cover contest” winner. In hindsight, we were perhaps a little too clever with our album cover! We had the idea of representing an element or elements of each song on the record, visually in one photo. John Royal Minor did an amazing job helping us frame it all. Out of 316 submissions, nobody got all 10 songs correct. However, we had one person who correctly named 8- Congratulations to awesome rocker and all around great guy, Scott MacLeod. Check out the new music from his band, Perfectly November, at www.reverbnation.com/perfectlynovember Scott, your Itunes cards are on the way!
Here are the answers with a bit of explanation thrown in.
Love Comes Calling – telephone and suitcase- “her love comes calling, better get on out of town”
Caroline- clock with hands showing 9 o’clock- “she comes around at 9” and red stilettos - “tight blue jeans, red stilettos”
The Way I Am- rum and coke “I’ve been told its getting old that I medicate with rum and coke”
Still On Your Side- leaves “fickle winds and fragile leaves”
Best Times- pictures- “box of pictures from the attic”
Heart O’Mine- red wig- “red headed trouble from the start”
Simple Things- globe- “the whole world can spin and make oxygen”
Careless Thing- gas can next to a candle- “it’s a careless thing”
Good Woman- magnifying glass and handcuffs- “if you find one, really find one, don’t let go”
The Limelight- piano bar- “he’s in The Limelight, it’s a tiny place he plays the keys”
Thanks for your support and we’ll let you know about new music we’re writing and new shows coming up.
Still Spark Radio Campaign Begins!
Still Spark Still Spark Self-Released ADDS 5/3/11 DIGITAL ONLY
At first glance, the two guitars have little in common – one is splashed with boldly colored stickers and battered from years of touring, while the other is shiny and simple, with an air of innocence. Posed side by side, they would seem to suggest an unlikely meeting of very different worlds. And yet it’s exactly this juxtaposition that has created the compelling and energized music of STILL SPARK.
After meeting through a mutual friend, the seemingly unlikely pair of long-time musician Seth Freeman (formerly of Boston alt-rock band Little John) and aerospace engineer-turned-songwriter Dan O’Leary began collaborating on the songs that would eventually become Still Spark. Though they were inspired by diverse influences – everything from Van Morrison and Bob Dylan to Weezer and Nirvana – the two found their different backgrounds and styles nevertheless complement each other perfectly.
The result is a collection of songs that range from the driving energy of the smirking first single “Love Comes Calling” to quieter, more introspective moments like “Heart O’ Mine,” always bound with a common thread of lyrical storytelling and genuine emotion. Freeman explains, “Still Spark is about being okay with wherever we are, as long as we end up there by following our inspiration.”
Fueled by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the self-titled debut album from the Los Angeles-based duo is available now. It was produced by Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo, Palmdale, Miley Cyrus) and Chris Zerby (Helicopter Helicopter, Hello Dragon) and boasts knockout performances by Michael Eisenstein (Letters to Cleo, Our Lady Peace), Blair Sinta (Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morrissette), Lawrence Katz (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Joseph Karnes (Five for Fighting, Damien Rice), Linus Dotson (Nerf Herder, Palmdale), Gaby Moreno, and more.
A collaborative effort in every sense, Still Spark whips together roots rock, pop hooks and clever wordsmithing, proving that sometimes two heads, or two guitars, when nobody would have bet on them, can create something bigger than the sum of the notes.
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 8
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Still Spark “Guess The Album Cover” Contest
If you look closely at the Still Spark debut album cover, you’ll see a variety of props accompanying Seth and Dan. These items all have a connection with the 10 songs on the record. Some songs may require more than 1 item to complete the connection. All items are only connected to one song though. Ignore the walls, candelabra, lights, lamps, tables, chairs, and booths, though-they don’t count.
You may participate in this free contest for iTunes gift cards. No catch. But winning this contest will likely require you to listen to all of the songs on the record. Which you may do for free at http://stillspark.bandcamp.com.
Or you can purchase the record from that same site or from iTunes or Amazon, among others.
We will award iTunes gift cards to 3 winners who correctly identify which items correspond to which songs. We’ll accept entries until May 31st. At that time, we’ll enter names of the correct entries in to a random drawing.
First name drawn wins- $40 iTunes card
Second name drawn wins- $30 iTunes card
Third name drawn wins- $20 iTunes card
We’ll notify the winners by June 13th 2011. If winners do not object, their names and their answers, in original form will be published on this site.
Submit your entries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t worry, participation does not put you on a mailing list or spam list of any kind. Your email address is safe with us and will be disposed of. Heck, we don’t even need to know your name or anything about you unless you’ve been chosen as a winner. So feel free to submit your answers from a temporary account if you want (ours is!), but keep in mind we’ll email you only if you are a winner, at that email address.
By way of disclaimer- nobody who assisted in the writing or recording of this project, nor are any family members of Seth or Dan eligible to win a prize. Any of you in that category may participate just for fun and bragging rights if you want!
Still Spark Newsletter - March 2011
It’s been a fun time for Still Spark in recent weeks. I’ll tell you about it in a moment, but first let me tell you or remind you about our RECORD RELEASE PARTY coming up next Thursday, March 31 at Molly Malone’s in LA!
This is your Facebook invite, should you choose to accept it:
Share it with your friends too!
Thursday, March 31 at 8:00pm - April 1 at 1:00am
575 S. Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA
The Reigning Monarchs : 11PM
Still Spark : 10PM
Layne : 9PM
Matt Bunsen and the Burners : 8PM
CD’s and T-Shirts are in the mail and we’ll have plenty of this stuff there at the show for you.
In other news, we’ve had a number of interviews recently. The PopCultureRadio interview will be posted some time in April, but the other two are available here:
… with Holly Stephey at Red Velvet Media
— and on iTunes (free) podcast —
… with “The Green” at FlashRock Radio
Finally, our videos have been getting a ton of hits, with well over 20,000 views each! Check them out on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/StillSparkMusic .
We hope to see you at the show! And if you’re not in Los Angeles, tell your LA friends.
Seth and Dan, Still Spark
Still Spark Interviews!
Last night we went down to Flashrock Radio and did a live interview with “The Green” - we’re only bummed that we didn’t show up hungry as there was some amazing “Rushin’ Spaghetti” ready for the eatin’
Chris Wakefield from Pop Culture Radio interviewed us last week and asked some thought-provoking questions.
We’ll keep you posted when those are available for streaming. Meanwhile, tomorrow we have another one with Holly Stephey at Red Velvet Media!