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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Alternative Acoustic


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"Sparkman mix acoustic and electric on new single "Fireworks""

Some of the greatest innovations in the world have come from combining two already excellent things. It’s like putting potato chips on a sandwich. The characteristics of the two elements blend into a satisfying, amazing final product. That’s what Charlotte, North Carolina, band Sparkman are doing with their music. Taking their acoustic skills and sprinkling in some electric sounds, the band have found a winning formula. That formula is on display on their newest single “Fireworks,” which the band just released this week.

The heart of “Fireworks” is built on lead singer and guitarist Chris Vercauteren’s picking, with a nice crisp twang coming through in the instrumental at all times. Brandon Clayton gives the song the slow methodical beat that makes it move on the drums, and Taylor West’s bass adds just the right amount of flavor. When the more electronically distorted guitar solos and riffs come in on top of the clean acoustic foundation, “Fireworks” grows into an incredible listen. With Vercauteren’s solid vocals sailing over everything, “Fireworks” sounds just like how summer feels.

You can listen to “Fireworks” below. The track is taken from Sparkman’s upcoming album Searching for the Dawn, which will be released on September 8. - Substream Magazine

"Sparkman release new single "Fireworks" off upcoming LP"

Sparkman are bringing acoustic alt-rock to the forefront with their brand new single “Fireworks”. Recorded at Sioux Sioux Studios, the track is the first off the band’s upcoming full-length Searching for the Dawn.

According to Chris Vercauteren, who started Sparkman as a one-man project before meeting drummer Brandon Clayton and bassist Taylor West, “Fireworks” is about staying true to what’s most important.

Vercauteren explained, “Fireworks is the oldest song on the record. I’ve actually had the guitar part for it since I was 16 years old. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to play it and sing at the same time. Like the rest of the album, Fireworks is all about the search for a more meaningful life. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the BS, and the song is about identifying what’s most important to you and letting those things guide you. In this particular song, the narrator puts his faith in love and trusts that his lover will lead him to a better life, away from all the distractions.

The song is also a commentary on the human condition, particularly in the US. The second verse outlines how we all have dreams, yet we have no idea how to achieve them. Instead of pushing our own personal boundaries to get there, 99% of us will stick to the path that’s outlined for us and never go for anything. This song is about striving to be the 1%. It’s about having faith in something greater than yourself, and trusting that your loved ones will get you there. ” - Nu Sound

"Sparkman releases new single "Fireworks""

Sparkman is rock like you’ve never heard it before. While each track Sparkman delivers has simple structure and instrumentation, each member contributes their individual and refreshing style, placing Sparkman into a perfect genre of their own: acoustic/alternative rock. Recorded at Sioux Sioux Studio, single “Fireworks”, released today, is no exception to their engaging approach. Off their upcoming first full-length album Searching for the Dawn to be released early September, “Fireworks” gives listeners their first taste of Sparkman’s new sound as a full band with electric guitar picking and clean drum beats. Adding heavily distorted guitar and synth sounds on the album creates a new signature sound theme: the complexity of the acoustic guitar. With a brand new indie feel, “Fireworks” twists through a catchy chorus into a loving slow jam and back.

Each artist’s musical journey is unique as no two paths ever unfold exactly the same, especially when it comes to acoustic-based alternative three-piece Sparkman. Beginning as a one-man act, Sparkman started with Charlotte native Chris Vercauteren, his Taylor acoustic and a dream. Setting out to narrate life’s moments of sunshine, Vercauteren uses the grace and calming rhythms of the acoustic guitar to complement his drifting soft, yet strong vocal talent in Sparkman’s debut EP Fail Forward. Top singles “Mountain Girl” and “We All Wake Up” off Fail Forward are both peaceful lullabies and upbeat coffeeshop tracks, expressing Vercauteren lyrical versatility.

With Charlotte’s music scene bubbling with local showcases and artist networking opportunities, Vercauteren met the two newest members of Sparkman: Brandon Clayton (drums) and Taylor West (bass), creating a full-band version of Sparkman that brings a magical live experience at each show they play. Taking advantage of Charlotte’s live music appreciation, Sparkman draws an enthusiastic crowd full of cheers after each song. Each live performance captivates the audience from The Evening Muse to secret SoFar Charlotte shows. The group’s musical influences range from modern-day singer/songwriters (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, James Bay) to alternative rock giants (Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys), giving the trio powerful and well-rounded sound. - IndiePulse Music


Searching for the Dawn 

All songs written by Chris Vercauteren (C&P Sparkman, ASCAP).

All tracks recorded, engineered and mixed by Jason Scavone - Sioux Sioux Studio: Charlotte, NC.

All tracks mastered by Dave Harris – Studio B Mastering: Charlotte, NC

Chris Vercauteren: Lead Vocals (all); Harmony Vocal (4, 5, 6, 7, 8); Acoustic Guitar (All); Electric Guitar (4,8)

Brandon Clayton: Drums/Percussion (All)

Jason Scavone: Bass (All); Keys (3, 6, 7, 8); Electric Guitar (5, 7)

Matthew Brandon: Electric Guitar (1, 2, 3, 6)

Graphic Design: Michael Kuhn 

Devils 3:43

Weekend 2:56

White 4:18

Fireworks 4:20

Equilibrium 3:29

Plan 4:53

Dawn 4:19

Rush 4:19


Fail Forward

All songs written by Chris Vercauteren (C&P Sparkman, ASCAP)

Chris Vercauteren: Lead Vocal (All), harmony vocal (3,4), acoustic guitar (1,2,3,4)

1. We All Wake Up (4:32)

2. Mountain Girl (3:47)

3. Fail Forward (3:40)

4. Hershey Don't Love Me (3:53)



Sparkman is an acoustic guitar-based alternative rock band from Charlotte, NC. Known for their musicality and captivating live performances, the band has emerged as a must-see up-and-coming act. The trio, consisting of Chris Vercauteren (Guitar/Vocals), Brandon Clayton (Drums), and Taylor West (Bass), has built a dedicated local following playing venues such as the Visulite, Evening Muse, and Sofar Charlotte.

The group's musical influences range from modern day singer/songwriters (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, James Bay) to alternative rock giants (Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys), giving them a very powerful and well-rounded sound. Their music is defined by crafty guitar parts, catchy vocal hooks, and a heavy rhythm section. The songs are simple in structure and instrumentation, yet each member has a unique approach to their instrument/voice that keeps them refreshing and engaging.

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