Growing up in Yellow Pine, Idaho and eventually relocating to Southern California, Joshua Hanson began writing and performing under the solo acoustic moniker, Yellow Red Sparks. He quickly grew a passionate local following and self released an EP on iTunes entitled, Simply Put Me In Your Place. Since then he has added Goldy (drums and vocals) and Sara Lynn (upright bass, piano, vocals and banjo) as full time members. Together they take Hanson’s songs of heartache and help express their ability to bring people together. The songs are a collective experience; Hanson lyrically wraps the listener up in his stories and the music encourages participants to clap and chant along with him — preferably with arms wrapped around friends after a couple shots of whiskey. Their debut begins with “Buy Me Honey”, a waltzy number that is sweet and rich with harmonies and symphonic arrangements. The following track is the emphatic “My Machine Gun” which starts with a contained, tight rhythm section that bursts into a collective scream of “Why would you mess with my head!” Hanson‘s state of distress and the omnipresent tension in the track make it a bracing listen. “Scents And Sensibility” has an upbeat, country sway that fans of Wilco will find familiar. Layered piano and organ form a bed of sound with Goldy‘s snare accents to create an energy different than any other song on the record. The band’s full-length record will be released through ORG Music and includes three tracks from their Four Steps in Corsets EP. All the tracks were produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Flogging Molly), mixed by Grammy award winner, Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and mastered by multi-Grammy award winner, Brian Lucey (The Shins, Sigur Rós, The Black Keys). The band shared these songs with fans across the country when opening for ZZ Ward this past fall and winter. Now the group is ready to share these songs with you — witness the spectacle of Yellow Red Sparks.
RIYL: Beirut, Okkervil River, The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, M. Ward
Recommended Tracks: track #2 “My Machine Gun”, track #5 “Yellow Red Sparks”, track #7 “Monsters with Misdemeanors”, track #9 “Scents and Sensibility”
Going for adds 2/4 & 2/5
Label: ORG Music