Sparks The Rescue

Sparks The Rescue
Location:Portland, ME (USA)
Genres:Rock / Pop Punk
Record Label:Fearless Records
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Alex Roy - Vocals
Toby McAllister - Guitar
Mike Naran - Guitar
Nathan Spencer - Drums
Ben Briggs - Bass

What do you get when you blend infectious melodies and pop-infused technical guitar riffs with high-energy and solid musicianship? You get Sparks The Rescue, a five-piece pop rock band from Portland, Maine that will win you over with their originality, passion, and dedication to constantly make “rockin’ songs.”

Comprised of Alex Roy (vocals), Mike Naran (guitar), Toby McAllister (guitar), Ben Briggs (bass), and Nathan Spencer (drums) the band has been playing music for over a decade, starting in high school where they spawned from three local bands Pozer, Two Girls Later, and Short of April in the New England music scene. They shared stages frequently at local shows and events until they decided in 2005 to become one single entity, Sparks The Rescue, deriving their name from Nicolas Sparks’ novel The Rescue.

In 2007, STR released a six-song digital EP, The Secrets We Can't Keep on Double Blind Music. It didn’t take long for their music to catch the ear of WCYY’s Mark Kurdo, and soon the EP was getting heavy rotation on “Spin Out,” a weekly program that features local artists. Requests started pouring in for their tracks to get regular airplay on the station, and STR went on to sell over 10,000 units of their EP on iTunes as their fan base grew exponentially.

Sparks The Rescue released their debut full-length album Eyes To The Sun in 2009 on Fearless Records. Produced by Jonathan Wyman of Halo Studios, the album has gained rave reviews, with tracks receiving play on MTV’s The Hills and Real World: Cancun. 2009 was quite the year for the band, who toured Europe with The All-American Rejects, hit the road with Hit The Lights and won MTV/Garnier's battle of the bands contest to appear at MTVU's Woodie Awards. Clocking up tours with the likes of All Time Low, Hawthorne Heights, As Tall As Lions, Mayday Parade, Chiodos and Forever The Sickest Kids, the band has gained a reputation for an explosive live set.

With recent appearances on Punk Goes Pop Volume 3 with their cover of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", and their interpretation of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" on Punk Goes X for Winter X Games 15, the band have made sure to keep one toe in the rock scene, while their gear up for the release of their second album "Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With" in spring 2011. While their songs may be evolving as their sound matures, the band haven't lost sight of the spark that inspired them to trade their homes in Maine for a life on the road, exciting audiences around the world with the special something they are proud to call their own.

Sparks The Rescue's new album "Worst Thing I've been Cursed With" is set for release in spring 2011.
Last Updated: 03/21/11

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