The Lovely Sparrows
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The Lovely Sparrows

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
Band Folk Pop


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The album is Jones at his best, refusing to allow his listeners to take his heart’s complaints too seriously, but reminding us behind every good joke is a stark reality.

First and foremost, the album makes considerable progress in expanding on the accomplishments of the EP that came before it. It’s easy to see the extra space allotted to Jones’ songwriting is put to good use: his lyrics are allowed time to develop into increasingly complex images, sometimes of the landscape imagery that often characterizes Jones’ writing (as in “Praire”), but also more interesting conceits, such as a flooded living room (in “Living Room”), and short but poignant one-liners like “all the jealous lovers who insisted they were true, but leave like funeral roses after they’re through” in “Year of the Dog.”

The dense instrumentation that gained the band notoriety on Pulling Up Floors is, more or less, equally present on this album, and Jones’ classical training shines in his ability to match his compelling melodies with the perfect undertones. Classical style nylon guitar often serves as the foundation, as in “Larks & Owls” and “Teenage Viking,” where it is most present. In other cases, as in “Department of Foreseeable Outcomes,” a bright, mercilessly-strummed acoustic drives the songs in a way that ought to satisfy everyone’s collective longing for just one more Neutral Milk Hotel album. In true Sparrows style though, Jones hardly thinks twice before ripping that serenity apart with the growl of an electric guitar or the rolling clamor of a drum kit, as “Living Room” and “Bury the Cynics” both evolve into considerably more energetic numbers than the rest of the album. Quite simply, so far as instrumentation is concerned, Jones knows exactly what he’s doing, and does a damn fine job of it throughout. - AustinSound


The Lovely Sparrows and Jones' writing are a boutique service that acts as a different model of aeroplane over a different sea, just with a comforting engine vibration. His thoughtful observations about the fiery - yet oftentimes suppressed - manner in which we wrestle with our emotions is Cat Stevens-y and blissfully rakish. - Daytrotter

"KUT, Texas Music Matters"

The Lovely Sparrows have strayed quite a bit from their early days as punk rockers. Now the group uses beautiful, complex instrumentation to develop pop songs full of emotion. - KUT, Texas Music Matters


Throughout, the tracks flirt with the strange and surreal, with myth and misery. Folk wisdom and folk songs are folded neatly into contemporary cultural idioms, into songs that linger in the mind long after they've been listened. - Austinist

"Full List of Press/Reviews"

Multi-year listing of web and printed press for the Lovely Sparrows. - Multiple Sources

"Spin Magazine"

Songs You Need To Download Now! - Spin Magazine

"Pitchfork Review"

"Head Sparrow Shawn Jones is a brainy songwriter with a gift for wordplay, unexpected rhymes, and occasionally startling imagery, and he gingerly combines indie whimsy with a personal despondency without coming across as cute. He's soundtracking Chris Ware panels, not Wes Anderson movies."

- Pitchfork


The Lovely Sparrows lately seem to be the go-to indie-pop band for artists as they travel through Austin. Opening for acts as diverse as Fleet Foxes, Appleseed Cast and the Black Angels, the group is now poising itself to bust out of its Texan hotbed. - Billboard

"Brooklyn Vegan"

Two notable releases this week are the Lovely Sparrows' Bury the Cynics and Horse Feathers' House With No Home, incredible albums that will very possibly end up on my year-end list of favorites. - Brooklyn Vegan

"Harp Review"

Lead Sparrow Shawn Jones pulls together a solid cast of colleagues to help flesh out his delicate, folky compositions and create the much-needed counter-points (especially the boy-girl dynamic on many of the vocals) that give the album its wings. The five songs on this tasty little EP go by way too fast, leaving you wanting more

- Harp Magazine


"I submit to you another reason to pay attention to Austin—The Lovely Sparrows."

- Daytrotter


The Lovely Sparrows (forthcoming LP and art book)
January 2012

Tall Cedars of Lebanon EP
Abandoned Love Records
October 2011

Languages Were Lost, Record Store Day EP
Limited Edition, self released
April 2010

Bury The Cynics CDLP
Abandoned Love Records/The Rebel Group
October 2008

Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint CDEP
Abandoned Love Records
October 10, 2006

Take Your Hats Off You Godless Bastards 7"
February 2006



Formed in 2005 by singer/songwriter Shawn Jones and longtime friend and collaborator Jason Cooper, The Lovely Sparrows is the culmination of over a decade of slugging it out in the southwestern indie rock circuit. The earliest incarnation of the band, which can be heard on 2005’s self-released Take Your Hats Off You Godless Bastards reveled in Pavement and Bob Pollard-style laconic fuzz pop.

Their early bash and pop revelry, however, was to be short-lived after a romantic split between Jones and bandmate Meaghan Perry stripped away the band’s fuzzy, upbeat pop leanings. Jones rebuilt the band, embarked on a brief, danger-prone West Coast solo tour, dealt with numerous house floods, and recorded the band’s debut EP in the wake if that breakup. Friends as well as former, current and occasional members of the band contributed their talents to flesh out Pulling up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint, which was released to small-scale acclaim on upstart label Abandoned Love Records. The EP received positive reviews from the likes of Harp and Paste as well as a host of bloggers and radio stations such as KUT, KVRX, and KSZU. The band showcased at SXSW with the Black Angels, Lucero, and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, then embarked on a few more short tours of the East Coast and Midwest, recording a Daytrotter session and picking up discerning fans along the way.

Momentum led the band to follow up with Bury the Cynics, it's first full length album, co-released by Abandoned Love Records and the Rebel Group. The band toured heavily, with numerous East and West Coast tours, culminating in showcases at the Pop Montreal Festival and CMJ festivals.

The band released a limited edition EP for Record Store Day in April 2010- dubbed the "Languages Were Lost EP" (which featured hand inked covers by Fantagraphics artist Derek Van Gieson). They're currently wrapping up their second full length record- which will include an art book related to the album- to be released in January 2011. The Lovely Sparrows will be touring extensively behind this release, including their first international tour to date.