u:mack in association with POD
Present : Sparks
Bank Holiday Monday October 29
Tickets €35 From www.ticketmaster.ie & Sound Cellar
We're delighted to announce the first ever Irish headline show by the legendary Sparks.
Tickets on sale now.
The iconic and highly influential band Sparks announce a date in The Button Factory as part of their Two Hands, One Mouth Tour, an extraordinary tour that will see them deconstruct and reinterpret songs from their own extensive and unique catalogue.
For the first time, Ron and Russell Mael will play an entire tour as a duo using just voice and keyboards, a typically bold and unexpected move from the American brothers. Sparks launched this new concept with an acclaimed show at London’s Bush Hall in June 2012 that led Simon Price of the Independent on Sunday to declare “In any sane universe Sparks are big. It’s pop that got small”, and The Quietus to advise “They’ll be back in October to do it again. Go see them.”
Having inspired musicians and delighted fans throughout the years with their extraordinary songwriting and inimitable style, Sparks’ live shows have become increasingly spectacular - in 2008 they performed all 21 albums in 21 nights in London and in 2011 their 22nd opus, The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman, was performed as a live musical at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Now, forty years since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1972, they will present a selection of Sparks songs in their purest form – a set that is likely to include This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both Of Us, When Do I Get To Sing My Way & The Number One Song In Heaven. Stripping away the often lavish production we will rediscover the essence of Sparks, - the whipsmart, penetrating lyrics, those incomparable melodies – Russell's vocals and Ron's keyboards coming to the fore. All that's needed.
Reviews of Two Hands One Mouth
Independent – 4 stars. Mail on Sunday – 4 stars
Independent on Sunday - “A charming, engaging way to present an underrated body of work. In any sane universe Sparks are big. It’s pop that got small.”
The Wire magazine - “….They inspire devotion.”
Clash Music – “Ron and Russell retain the muscle, the gravitas of the original but add a rare sparsity. Leaving the Bush Hall you wonder couldn’t they have just remained on stage all night and forever.”