Sparrow Bellows

Sparrow Bellows

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
BandRock

Straight-up Rock with unforced smart-ass exuberance in the spirit of bands like Cheap Trick and The Replacements. Jeans-and-T-shirt simple with a wild streak of Art Rock complexity and Power Pop ferocity. Great tunes, great harmonies, great live band with a phenomenal guitarist.

Biography

Sparrow Bellows' Ric Hickey is one of those rare guitarists who can convincingly shift from rhythm to lead without tripping on the transition. (Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and Eric Johnson come to mind.) Hickey channels his love of Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, The Beatles and the Stones into every amazing phrase he wrings out of his Telecaster.

The only thing keeping Sammy Wulfeck from erupting into John Entwistle-like bass realms is his important role as co-frontman, his dusky vocals taking the lead on a good many of the band’s infectious numbers. And as Sparrow Bellows’ big man in the back, drummer Brian Kitzmiller anchors it all with thundering whimsy, providing the perfect percussive atmosphere for the band’s infinite variety of moods.

Lyrics

Malcolm's Gait

Written By: Hickey/Wulfeck/Kitzmiller


MY REASONS FOR LEAVING
I CAN’T TELL YA, CUZ I DON’T KNOW
I JUST NEED TO DO WHAT I NEED TO DO
IT’S TIME FOR ME TO GO
BAREFOOT DOWN IN TENNESSEE
SO BEGAN MY FAMILY

Chorus:

AND I’M BACK AT MALCOLM’S GAIT AGAIN…
THE PROBLEM WITH THE RAT RACE IS…
WHAT IS THAT? WHAT IS THAT? WHAT IS THAT…?
EVEN IF YOU WIN MY FRIEND
YOU’RE STILL A RAT, STILL A RAT, STILL A RAT…

SHE NEVER SAID IT, BUT SHE MEANT IT
IN EVERY MEAL SHE COOKED
EVERY BUTTON SEWN
EVERY TRANSGRESSION OVERLOOKED
MY LOWER SELF WANT MONEY AND FAME
MY HIGHER SELF KNOWS I DON’T NEED A NAME

Repeat chorus

Break

Repeat chorus 2X

Dish It Out

Written By: Hickey/Wulfeck/Kitzmiller

WOMAN’S FACE LIGHTS UP
WHEN BUDDY HOLLY COMES ON THE JUKEBOX
GIRL WHO KNOWS WHEN TO BE A LADY
AND WHEN TO BE A BITCH
AND I LIKE WHAT SHE’S DOIN’

CH:
SHE CAN DISH IT OUT ALMOST AS WELL
AS SHE CAN TAKE IT, GIVE YOU HELL

WOMAN CAN WRITE A BOOK
HOW TO GET THE WIGGLY WORM ON THE HOOK
GIRL WHO KNOWS SHE DON’T KNOW NOTHIN’
BUT SHE STILL KNOWS MUCH MORE THAN ME
AND I LIKE WHAT SHE’S DOIN’

RPT CH

BR:
WOMAN LEAVE, SICK OF ME, SHE COMES RIGHT BACK
ONLY IN MY DREAMS, ONLY IN MY DREAMS, ONLY IN MY DREAMS

Break

CURSES LIKE A SAILOR, DANCES LIKE A STRIPPER,
COOKS LIKE OL’ CHEZ PAUL
THAT’S MY KINDA WOMAN
STILL THE SAME SAUCY LITTLE FIRECRACKER
SHE WAS TEN YEARS AGO
AND I LIKE WHAT SHE’S DOIN’

RPT CH

SHE CAN DISH IT OUT, WITH THE BEST OF ’EM
MOP THE FLOOR WITH THE REST OF ’EM


Tell Me Why

Written By: Wulfeck/Hickey/Kitzmiller

Snow’s sweet silence clears my head, pavement pounding
Bottles crash with reckless hope, it won’t shatter
- Tell me why the light around me seems to fade

Chasing ramparts of the past, not arriving
Blinded by the ease you sought, condescending (Oh, now I’ve…)
One last love when you know it’s not
Seems so cold in our quiet spot

Tell me why you barely look me in the eye
Tell me why

Why fly reeling through the door? No one’s waiting
Why walk smiling to her door? Trust is fading (Oh, tonight…)
Minutes falling off the clock
Still returning to an empty spot

Tell me why you barely look me in the eye
Tell me why it gets so hard now to disguise
Tell me why the light around me seems to fade
Where the line is drawn again
Tell me why it’s this way
Does it have to be this way?

Tell me why…

Discography

"Sparrow Bellows" - self-titled debut CD released September 26, 2009

Set List

We have well over three hours of material and our repertoire is still growing. We play mostly originals but we're always adding interesting curveball covers to the set. We can do anything from a 30-45 minute opening set to a full evening of 3 or 4 sets.

Our cover tunes are not the usual, predictable fare. Even when we break out a song by the Beatles or the Stones, it ain't the same old, tired, overplayed Greatest Hits kinda stuff.

Also: guitarist Ric Hickey will frequently break out an acoustic guitar and perform a brief set of sparkling and ethereal instrumental pieces and Country ballads.

The band is constantly developing new material. The following is a partial list of our original songs, including every song from our 16-track debut CD:

Dish It Out
Jealous Child
Bout Time
Tell Me Why
Malcolm's Gait
Broken Frames
Miss Linzy
Wet Rag
Faithless Base
My Surrender
Tiny Face Talker
The Waiting Life
That Chick Is Hot
Rutabaga Pez
The Warm Up Band
When You Say When