Sparky's Flaw

Sparky's Flaw

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Acoustic driven Pop-Rock+ catchy-anything songwriting+ teenage energy+ rediculously fun live show= Sparky's Flaw.

Biography

What do you get when you combine a "Mr. Roboto" intro dance, incredible amount of teenage energy, radio ready acoustic driven pop/rock, and an old school horn section (including a tuba)? Your standard Sparky's Flaw show. Starting out from their lowly roots as your typical high school rock band, Sparky's Flaw has grown into a band much more than the label entails. Already selling over 1000+ copies of their first album, "Live From the Recording Studio," while still in high school, and 1500+ copies of their last release, the "One Small Step EP" in just over a year, the band heads into the studio this year with producer Chris Keup (Jason Mraz, Josh Kelly) to begin work on their next disc. They've shared the stage with the likes of Robert Randolph (Warner Brothers Records)s Carbon Leaf (Van Gaurd Records), Earth to Andy (Giant), have toured as farth north as Boston, as far south as Atlanta, and as far west as Cincinatti, OH, average 2-3 shows per week, and have sold out the 450+ Starr Hill Music Hall three shows in a row...all while still in college full time. With the radio-ready pop/rock ditties that stay stuck in your head for days, it's almost impossible to deny the buzz surrounding Sparky's Flaw. Will Anderson (20), Kit French (20), Peter Dejong (19) Johnny Stubblefield (20) and Alex Hargrave (20) look to move into the next phase of their musical existence in the year to come.

- REPRESENTATION: GRANTHAM DISPATCH

Lyrics

One Small Step

Written By: Will Anderson

Oh this is one small step I know
But it's the last time I'll ever see your face
I'll go out on a limb
We'll hope it won't break
It's just five words

I'm figuring out just what I need to say
I'm writing it down and I'm getting it straight
It's a double edged sword
It's a very first date
It can go both ways

What I had was tried and true
But all I want is you.

So I'm trying hard not to fight it
Light this fire and stand right beside it
If I go down at least I'll go in flames
I'll sing it out at the top of my lungs
The choir is small but it sings a big song
And if I go down at least you know my name.

Oh this is one big step I'm sure
It doesn't mean much but I can't do much better
Oh I never thought
It'd be so hard
To say hello

I cought a glimps and I never looked back
Throw and the rope and we'll cut out the slack
We're keeping things tight
Keeping it on track
It's just five words.

What I had was tried and true
But all I want is you.

So I'm trying hard not to fight it
Light this fire and stand right beside it
If I go down at least I'll go in flames
I'll sing it out at the top of my lungs
The choir is small but it sings a big song
And if I go down at least you know my name.

The New Year

Written By: Will Anderson

I'm sick of cleaning up the mess you left behind.
What a way to start the New Year
On my hands and knees and cleaning up the dirt and grime
What a way to start the New Year
I'm sick of holding both ends of a tight rope
Because when you fall all that's left is old high hopes for me
Stretched thin to the end, trying to keep it all in
What a way to start the New Year

Won't say that it's alright
Won't you tell me it's ok?
Becuase there's

364 more days
I might be smiling but you'll never even hear me say
That I like it in the shadows
Counting down to zero
Just to start again
Oh what a way to start the New Year

Don't get me wrong I hate this holiday
What a way to start the New Year
On my hands and knees and choosing what I have to say
What a way to start the New Year
I never realized it could mean so much
Just to go to bed later when we have to get up all the same
And we scream and clap for the end of what was
And what we've become

Oh won't you say that it's alright
Won't you tell me it's ok?
Becuase there's

364 more days
I might be smiling but you'll never even hear me say
That I like it in the shadows
Counting down to zero
Just to start again
Oh what a way to start the New Year

But what is really that bad?
And could it be better?
I don't know.
But with you I still have hope
That this could be my year

364 more days
One million chances left to find you and to see your face
Making light out of my shadows
We'll finally get to zero
And maybe we'll both say
That we have

364 more days
One million chances left to find you and to see your face
Making light out of my shadows
We'll finally get to zero
And maybe we'll both say
Oh what a way to start the New Year

Casual

Written By: Will Anderson

I sing because I don't know what to say
I sing because I don't know what to say to you.

Do you ever get the feeling
Like you're watched by your own shadow?
Like it knows something that you don't
And won't stop nipping at your heels?

As to how this rope got in my stomach
And tied itself in knots again
And how my voice won't seem to listen to me
I can't seem to talk again.

I've realized
That maybe this all
One big hint that this is
Slightly more then casual.

I'm going too deep here.
But even shallow I'm still stuck right where I am
Because I'm looking for the answers
To all these questions that I have but just won't ask.

As to how this rope got in my stomach
And tied itself in knots again
And how my voice won't seem to listen to me
I can't seem to talk again.

I've realized
That maybe this all
One big hint that this is
Slightly more then casual.

I sing because I don't know what to say
I sing because I don't know what to say to you.

I've realized
That maybe this all
One big hint that this is
Slightly more then casual.

Discography

Quick Facts:
• Started in 2001 in Spanish class by Will Anderson and the former guitarist…named after Graham “Sparky” Payne and his only flaw: his duct-tape shoe.

• Sparky’s Flaw’s current line up:
o Will Anderson (20)- Vocals, Songwriting, Guitar, Piano
o Peter DeJong (19)- Electric Guitar
o Kit French (20)- Saxophone, Backup Vocals
o Alex Hargrave (20)- Bass
o Johnny Stubblefield (20)- Drums, Percussion, Backup Vocals

• Released first Album “Live From the Recording Studio” in 2002…recorded at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond VA… over 1000 copies sold while the band was still in 10th grade.

• Released “One Small Step EP” in April of 2005… over 1750 copies sold.

• MYSPACE NUMBERS: 130,000 plays… 17,000 Friends

• Various Venues played:
o Starr Hill Music Hall (Past 5 shows have sold out…450+), Charlottesville, VA
o Sin-e, NYC
o Charlottesville Downtown Amphitheater (4000+ Capacity)
o The Poison Room, Cincinnati, OH
o The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
o Browns Island, Richmond VA

• Battle of the Bands Results: 1st place 2002 CHS Battle of the Bands, 1st place 2004 Music Resource Center Battle of the Bands, 1st place 2005 Uva UPC Battle of the Bands, 1st Place JMU Battle of the Bands

• Radio Support on… 91.9 WNRN, Z 95.1, 97.5 3WV, WXJM Harrisonburg, 98.1 Rock (Harrisonburg, VA), …more.

• Style of Music/ Influences: Acoustic Driven Pop Rock… Ben Folds, Cake, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, The Fray

• Have shared the stage with: Robert Randolph (Warner Brothers), Carbon Leaf (Vanguard), Donovan Frankinreiter (Brushfire)… many more
• Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for the song "One Small Step," and Top 8 pop songs for the John Lennon Songwriting Awards for the song "One Small Step"
• Currently: Just recorded 5 songs with producer Chris Keup (Jason Mraz, Josh Kelly, Rachel Yamagata) and mixing with Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Lifehouse, DMB)

Set List

2.25 hours max (with covers)
1.5 hours max (origionals)