It is the risk-takers and the history makers who see the potential in chasing a single spark into darkness. Within a single spark lies the possibility of blazing heat and light. Nashville-based pop rockers Stereosparks are in full pursuit of that spark and are poised to burn bright with their debut EP, The Secret EP.
“Secret (Say You'll Stay)”, the EP's first single and music video, opens with a five-part harmony confession, reminiscent of Imogen Heap's “Hide and Seek”. Singer Storey Condos' beautifully vulnerable voice declares, “I've got a little secret in my pocket” and the confession of the century is underway. Condos describes the premise of “Secret” as “This feeling that you have, or this something that you've done that you don't want other people to see and you're afraid of what they'll do if they do.”
Slowly, the “Secret” veil begins to lift, with boiling, synthesized lap steel guitar, eery toy piano, and haunting guitar arpeggios contributing to the conversation's tension. “It's dark, but it's powerful and it's beautiful”, Condos says. Soon, a kick drum cannon and symphony, complete with epic string section and roaring timpani, transport us to the song's crescendo, where a fully exposed Condos pleadingly concedes, “I've made a mess/ I'm on the ledge/ Are you gonna push me over the edge? Say you'll stay...”
Produced by 2-time GRAMMY winner Chad Carlson, The Secret EP is a three song illustration of the band's one-of-a-kind artistry, dimension, and pop sensibilities. By embracing the beauty and honesty of darkness and light, Stereosparks is a band that anyone can identify with. On one hand, the anthemic “Let it Burn” celebrates the freedom and power of letting go and living in the moment: “And when the walls that surround us/ Crumble down all around us/ Tonight, tonight, tonight/ We'll let it burn”. “Break You”, however, juxtaposes a lullaby-esque melody with thunderous percussion—craftily imitating the track's theme of one's sadistic addiction to destroying her lover.
On stage, the band's live show bursts with an energy and passion that breathes fresh life into each night's performance. Lead singer Storey Condos gives all of herself with grittily beautiful melodies and magnetizing eyes—the combination of which mesmerizes audiences to the point of near-hypnotism. While sweat soars from Ryan Maker's hair as he excitedly hammers the keys, Marc Anderson furiously beats his lap steel guitar to within inches of its life. Combined, the three present a live performance and chemistry that seems to have been born for major arenas and larger than life stages.
Stereosparks is the result of three lifetimes of experiences which have led to the band's fundamental belief that light comes from within. They are no strangers to the harsh, yet rewarding artist-lifestyle. The band has been chasing sparks for a lifetime and has no intentions of stopping anytime soon. Condos, with her beautiful blue eyes set to a laser focus, declares with conviction: “We are going to keep chasing, no matter what. We will chase that light. It just might start a fire...”