Red Sparowes

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Red Sparowes
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresPost-rock, post-metal, instrumental rock
Years active2003–2011, 2019-present
LabelsSargent House, Neurot Recordings, Robotic Empire, Hypertension
MembersBryant Clifford Meyer
Greg Burns
Andy Arahood
David Clifford
Emma Ruth Rundle
Past membersJeff Caxide
Dana Berkowitz
Josh Graham
Brendan Tobin

Red Sparowes is an American, Los Angeles-based post-rock band, comprising current and former members of Isis, Marriages, The Nocturnes, Halifax Pier, Angel Hair and Pleasure Forever.[1] Their sound is characteristic of soundscape-influenced experimental rock, with an otherwise uncommon extensive use of a pedal steel guitar.


Red Sparowes formed in 2003 as a side project for its members. They signed to Neurot Recordings, Neurosis's record label. They recorded some demos for their debut album, and this led to tours with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Made Out of Babies in 2004. The debut was recorded in May 2004 by engineer Desmond Shea, with the resulting sound in the vein of guitarists Bryant Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide's band Isis, Chicago post-rock/metal outfit Pelican, as well as bands as varied as Sonic Youth and The Cure. Members Jeff Caxide and Dana Berkowitz relocated in late 2004, thus forcing them out of the band. They were replaced by Andy Arahood on guitar and bass, and David Clifford on drums.

Red Sparowes' first studio album, At the Soundless Dawn, was released in February 2005, following Clifford Meyer's Isis in their initial tours in support of Panopticon. Shortly after this release, a split 12" album was released with Gregor Samsa. The Red Sparowes side contained the second track from At the Soundless Dawn, "Buildings Began to Stretch Wide Across the Sky, And the Air Filled with a Reddish Glow," as well as a track recorded during the album's recording sessions with guitar by Michael Gallagher of Isis, initially only available on the Japanese release of the album. Following the release of the album, the band headlined a tour in Europe and participated in an American tour with Pelican, Big Business and Breather Resist. After touring the band released their follow-up record, Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun, in 2006.[2] This release was followed by more touring of North America and Europe, including shows in the US with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

In early 2008 Josh Graham parted ways with the rest of the band to pursue musical project A Storm of Light, and was replaced by guitarist Brendan Tobin.

In May 2008, Red Sparowes recorded new material with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool), and in August that year the EP Aphorisms was released digitally.

Tobin departed in 2009 and in June, the band announced Emma Ruth Rundle as his replacement.[3] Red Sparowes began recording their third full-length studio album with Kasai on August 24, 2009. The album, titled The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer, was released on April 6, 2010.

Red Sparowes had more or less been on an indefinite hiatus since late 2011, but in late September 2019, the band was announced to be playing at the 2020 edition of the Roadburn festival, as part of a lineup curated by guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle. Former guitarist Brendan Tobin and Baroness drummer Allen Blickle were announced for the show, joining 2011-era members Andy Arahood, Greg Burns, Clifford Meyer, and Rundle to form a six-piece band.[4] On March 24, 2020, the band announced via their official Facebook account that their show had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, similar to many concerts and tours in 2020. In the same post the band also confirmed that they were working on a new album.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

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Band members[edit]


  • Bryant Clifford Meyer – guitar, keyboards (formerly of Isis) (2003-2011, 2019–present)
  • Greg Burns – bass, pedal steel guitar (of Marriages & Halifax Pier) (2003-2011, 2019–present)
  • Andy Arahood – guitar, bass (of Angel Hair) (2005-2011, 2019–present)
  • David Clifford – drums (of The VSS, Pleasure Forever, Marriages) (2005-2011, 2019–present)
  • Emma Ruth Rundle – guitar (of Marriages & The Nocturnes) (2009-2011, 2019–present)




  1. ^ Hopkin, Kenyon. "Red Sparowes". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  2. ^ [1] Archived January 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Red Sparowes get new guitarist, playing Fun Fun Fun Fest". Brooklyn Vegan. June 3, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2023.
  4. ^ "Red Sparowes's Instagram post: "Los Angeles: you are invited to a special "rehearsal" show @sargenthouse has set up for us before we leave for @roadburnfest It will be…"". Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "Facebook". Archived from the original on February 26, 2022. Retrieved November 16, 2020.

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