The Dead Sparrows
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The Dead Sparrows

Trenton, Quinte West, ON, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Trenton, Quinte West, ON, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Alternative Punk




"Gob with Seaway The Dead Sparrows and Monitor Men"

How Kpp is able to land such legendary acts and bring them to Kingston and especially The Mansion I probably will never know. Tonight they had to me the Legendary Punk band Gob take to the Mansion stage with supporting acts Seaway, The Dead Sparrows and The Monitor Men.

Starting off the night was a local Kingston band the Monitor Men. This was the first time that I have heard of the band before and I quickly learned that they were a full on Ramones cover band. I think this is also the first time that I have ever seen a cover band open up a show before as well. They did their job as a supporting act goes they were able to bring people up to the front of the stage from the back and got them primed for the rest of the night. They went through ten song before their time was up. They played songs from all over their career and not just sticking to the main songs that you always hear on the radio. Hopefully I’m able to catch them again sometime, because their set was entertaining to watch and see. The lead vocalist had no problems moving around on and off the stage throughout their show. It was also great to see Pat back up on stage after not seeing him play for over a year now.

Up next was the Dead Sparrows, now here is a band for me where they have played Kingston so many times, but I just have been unable to catch them live. After a quick gear problem at the start of their set they exploded from the stage. Their sound was a mix of punk and rock, with lyrics that range from social problems, government problems, to problems that are right in their backyard. The vocals also follow the same type of range as well, with the lead singer switching between almost a metal sound, to a punk and rock sound depending on the song, also his bass was cranked throughout most of their set almost channelling out the guitarist to our right. They didn’t waste anytime during their set either due to the tight time constrains that they had. It wasn’t too hard to tell that they have worked on their songs quite extensively, the timing sounded as if it was spot on, and hit the marked spot for different solos throughout their songs. My favourite song of their set lyrically was “Trent River” and my favourite all around song was the last song that they played, the instrumental aspect of the song is well put together especially when they change up the tempos and the timing that is involved in the song to pull the sound of the song off correctly.

Seaway quickly proved that their still is bands playing polished sounding punk rock songs. Their sound was interesting as they had two lead vocalists, with “Ryan just strictly on vocals and having their lead guitarist Patrick singing lead vocals as well. If you see them live you have to check out the amp that the Bassist uses. For Adam the Bassist being tight to the corner of the stage he was still able to jump around and do jump kicks. They didn’t have to work the audience too hard before they were able to get a small mosh pit going which started and finished a couple of times throughout their set, by about halfway through their set, they had people crammed to the front of the stage and falling over the monitors and up on stage. This wasn’t their first trip to Kingston as they said they played a house concert awhile back. They played us songs from their latest album Hoser also they said they were going to play us a new one that they have been working on, but really they could have said that about any of their songs tonight.

Just before Gob hit the stage “The Boys are Back In Town” came screaming out of the speakers at the Mansion. This was one night where I could feel the entire floor tremble throughout a full set, no matter where I went upstairs. There wasn’t a point in time when Gob was playing a song where people were not jumping around and moshing throughout the front of the stage. It was even to the point where they had to move the monitors out of the way. Tom even had to say it’s “cool as shit but just make sure everyone is safe”. By about their third song Tom’s mic stand had already been stripped of most of the guitar picks even before the show started it had to be replenished, and someone took his set list which Tom said “That’s nice someone took my setlist on me even before I got to the stage tonight. that’s okay I like to fly solo!”. They are on tour in support of their brand new album Apt. 13, we got to hear a couple of songs from the album and a shit ton of songs from their entire career. In fact the first song from their new album “Cold” was played as the fourth song in their set. “Radio Hell” was played about halfway through their set, there is also a video that has been filmed for the song as well. When it came to songs from their previous albums people knew the songs from lyric to lyric, and almost singing louder than Tom was through the speaker system. When “Oh! Ellen “ came on pretty much everyone in the audience was screaming the lyrics out. A couple of people learned real quick what happens when you yell things out at gob in between songs, especially when they were making fun of each other. One guy who had headphones wrapped around his neck got nicknamed DJ Right Said Fred. There were a few songs that I wanted to hear throughout their set I got to hear them all of them except the title track “Apt. 13″. Now I definitely know that I was not the only one looking forward to hearing the songs that I grew up listening to in High School as my age looked about average for the audience which is starting to be a rarer sighting more and more. They kept “I Hear You Calling” for their final song which made the Mansion go insane. By the time Gob was finished the floor of the Mansion had definitely been saturated with enough sweat and beer to last a lifetime. - Kingston Music Reviews

"The Dead Sparrows Release New Song and Video"

ust in time for Canadian Thanksgiving, Ontario punkers The Dead Sparrows released a new song and music video.

“BFF” is a song written by the band after they broke up almost two years ago. Though they’ve recently started playing together again, and are obviously, recording new music, no mention has been made as to whether or not the band will release a new proper release.

Check out the music video for “BFF” below.

The Dead Sparrows released their last album, A Day in the Life of Everyone on September 16, 2014. - Dying Scene

"SPOTLIGHT: The Dead Sparrows"

Four guys from Trenton who used to play in bands together in high school. Some left the area, but all found themselves back in town together in recent years, and naturally they formed a new band.

We are a punk rock band from Trenton who have been playing for several years. We have opened for Against Me!, Gob, Ten Foot Pole, Rusty, The Creepshow, DOA, and many more.

We just released our fourth album on vinyl earlier in the year and have had our music video for Timothy on MuchLoud for the least few years. Back in the studio to record our fifth.

On November 25th, The Dead Sparrows return to Wild Card Brewing Company with more friends for 'Pump's Not Dead'! This time rounding off the evening are The Beta 58's out of Kingston,the best punk band around, and the incomparable party hip-hop duo Los Ninos Flamingos out of Ottawa.

The Beta 58s are a punk band from Kingston who have also been playing for several years. We've shared the stage a whack of times, and we consider them the Rancid to our NOFX. Tightest punk in the region, full of energy. Not to miss.

Los Ninos Flamingos are a party rap/hip hop duo originally from Trenton, but now rapping their lives in Ottawa. We invited these guys down, because we miss them, and Trenton needs them! Tonnes of fun, tonnes of energy.

Wildcard Brewery, in celebration of the release of the Dead Sparrows 2nd album, released a beer called No Borders IPA. The album, also called No Borders, is a political powerhouse that questioned the ideas of borders, both as a societal construct but also as an internal limitation to our own ideas, beliefs, and livelihood. Following the idea of the album, the No Borders IPA was a strong 9% India Pale Ale, which also seeked to question the idea of what a beer should be. The patrons loved it, and before long, No Borders IPA was sold out.

Don't miss this incredible event - $5 or Pay-What-You-Can at the door! Wildcard will once again have a slew of amazing brews on tap, along with a food vendor to keep you nourished! Check out Pump's Not Dead on Musicfly for more details, band photos, videos and more. - InQuinte

"The Dead Sparrows (Punk) stream new release “No Core”"

After a year-and-a-half hiatus Ontario punk act The Dead Sparrows are streaming their new release “No Core”. You can give the 7″ a listen below.

The band have been writing a lot and say they will be back in the studio shortly to record a full length album.

“No Core” came out on June 8th and is the bands 4th release. - Dying Scene


The Dead Sparrows have released four EPs since forming in 2011. They are currently in the studio recording their first full length due some time in late 2018.

The Dead Sparrows (self-titled), 2011

Released on CD, iTunes, Bandcamp

The First EP from The Dead Sparrows was, for all purposes, a studio album. Songs were written and recorded before the group ever played a show together. Songs are diverse, and tackled many themes from love to environmentalism and beyond. This EP helped the group craft a more distinct sound that would set them up for their next release in 2013.

No Borders, 2013.
Released on CD, iTunes, Bandcamp
No Borders was a collection of songs that were crafted on stage - a stark contrast to their initial offering in 2011. Songs are well crafted, and the theme is more defined than the first EP. Leaning towards a more political standpoint, songs such as Work Harder, Support the Rich, No Borders, and Hickabilly Bob, are powerhouses, and continue to be fan favourites. The track Timothy became a music video that was and continues to be broadcast on MuchLOUD, AuxTV, and received national radio play. No Borders solidified The Dead Sparrows both on-stage and off, and generated a solid fan base that remains to this day.

A Day in the Life of Everyone, 2014
Released on CD, iTunes, and BandCamp
This EP is arguably the best collection of songs the group has put out to date. While the theme of political revolution remains, it has taken a back seat to a darker presence. Depression, anxiety, and hopelessness is in the forefront, which may be hard to distinguish with the music backing the lyrics with a more defined pop-punk sound. Stand out tracks include The Trent River, Start! and Dance.

No Core, 2017

Released on 7inch vinyl, and Bandcamp

After a year and a half hiatus, the group went back into the studio. The four-song EP is a fast, hard-hitting collection of short songs, that summarized the groups offering to date. Politics, environmentalism, and love is all there. The EP ends on a pop-punk tune called No Core that foreshadows what is to come next for the group. The group's first full length is expected in 2018.



The Dead Sparrows are a four piece punk band based out of Trenton Ontario Canada, a somewhat rural community in Eastern Ontario. 

The group formed in 2010 in an effort to create new, exciting music - for themselves. The members had been friends since high school, and were eager to get back together, when they had discovered that they were all living in the same area again after many years of living abroad.

Since that time, the group has released four EPs, and have been grateful to have opened for Against Me!, Ten Foot Pole, DOA, Gob, Rusty, The Creepshow, and many more. 

The Dead Sparrows' fan base is a loyal group and has grown over the years to reach fans nationally and internationally, all the while being independent with limited resources.
The single Timothy received national radio and television play on MuchLOUD, Aux TV, and radio stations, most notably, in Western Canada.The band is known to be politically and environmentally motivated in their song writing, but have tackled depression, nihilism, love, and playful goofiness. 

The group, since the beginning, strive to never create the same song twice. This mindfulness in their song-writing has led them to keep growing, and keep enjoying the music that they have written. 

The group is currently in the studio recording their first LP, and is looking to be the most diverse expression of their songwriting ability, yet.

Band Members