TWO MINUTES WITH: SPARKSPITTER

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Sparkspitter’s math-infused rhythms are contagious. And they’re just picking up steam. In the past two years, they’ve released an album and EP, toured South East Asia and now this Adelaide outfit are supporting legendary instrumentalists Tortoise on December 9.

Joined by Last Days Of Kali at Fowlers Live, we chatted to the band as part of our Two Minutes With series.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Organo-poly-hypno-dank art-kraut mind fertilisation.

What’s going on in the world of Sparkspitter?

Various things. We'll be playing with Tortoise next month, and the Here's To Now Festival early January.  After that, our bass player Matt Barlow is going to be doing anthropological field work in Darjeeling for like a year, so looks like we'll probably be getting an understudy to be him for while he's away.  We are big fans of Simon Koehn, and with any luck he might come play bass for us while Barlow is in India.

What motivates you to make music?

Fear, confusion, shame.  The usual things.

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?

High point: Touring South East Asia.

Low point: There was this brief snarky incident that happened while we were in on tour with Milkk (who are beautiful—this had nothing to do with them), but somehow we ended up on Brown Cardigan as being representative of a boring white-cis-male dominated music scene and, yeah, things got tense. It kind of hit close enough to home for us to still be pretty seriously considering giving Barlow a gender change.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Right now? Bozzini Quartet's rendition of James Tenney's Stochastic String Quartet, but just before I was listening to Tim Hecker's Live Room off Virgins.  

More generally? I received the blood red limited edition vinyl of Jenny Hval's Blood Bitch a few weeks ago, and it is a blinder of a record so I've been playing that pretty much constantly. And also, Sunergy, a collaboration between Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani that is just bloody gold mate.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

Probably Barlow, because he's going to India and we're all a bit jealous of his success.  Also he is the youngest, so his flesh is the most tender.

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?

The filter bubble.  There is this massive divide between city folk and rural folk that we are totally insulated from most of the time, but then suddenly out of nowhere… bam! Tony Abbott. Brexit. Donald Trump. And everyone is super confused about where all this resentment is coming from, because we’ve been protected from it by the filter bubble. Someone should get on that.

You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.

Swimming, followed by Men with Chips, and Tralala Blip, before Laurence English, The Necks, and Robin Fox, and then Dark Knife, Making, My Disco, Space Bong, and, lastly, Friendships.  At Dark Mofo.  That would rock.

 
 

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