Sparkadia

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Sparkadia
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Alternative pop rock
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Boundary/Inertia and Ivy League
Website sparkadia.com.au
Members
  • Alexander Burnett
Past members
  • David Hall
  • Josephine Ayling
  • Nick Rabone
  • Tiffany Preece

Sparkadia is a band that formed in Sydney in 2004 and were originally known as The Spark. The brainchild of Alexander Burnett (vocals, guitar) and Dave Hall (drums), the band became a reality with the addition of Nick Rabone (bass) and Josephine Ayling (keyboards, guitar, vocals) in 2006. In 2008 Ayling was replaced by Tiffany Preece on guitars and vocals. By 2009 the group had become Burnett's solo project. Sparkadia has issued two studio albums, Postcards (31 May 2008) and The Great Impression (18 March 2011).

History[edit]

Sparkadia formed as a duo in 2004 in Sydney by Alex Burnett on lead vocals and David Hall on drums.[1][2] They first came into prominence in Australia with their debut EP titled Things Behind the Sun.[1] The EP was released by Australian indie label, Boundary Sounds on 20 February 2007; with the lead single "Morning Light" being the No. 1 most downloaded track off Australian national broadcasters Triple J's website with 32,000 downloads in a month. This was followed by extensive Australian touring and led to signing with UK indie label Ark Recordings.[2]

On 17 February 2007 Sparkadia issued a five track extended play, Things Behind the Sun, on Boundary Sounds through Inertia Records,[3] which peaked in the ARIA Singles Chart top 100 for four weeks in March–April.[4] It was followed by a single, "Too Much to Do" (May 2008), which reached No. 11 on the ARIA Hitseekers Singles Chart.[5]

Their first studio album, Postcards, was released on 31 May 2008 and reached number 23 in the ARIA Albums Chart.[6] For the album the line-up were Ayling, Burnett, Hall and Rabone. Soon after Ayling was replaced by Tiffany Preece on guitars and vocals.[1][7] However, by 2009 Sparkadia had become Burnett's solo project;[8] according to Burnett: Hall had "moved onto other things", Preece had left to have a baby, and Rabone went to India.

In September 2010 Sparkadia issued the next single, "Talking Like I'm Falling Down the Stairs", which peaked in the top 100.[9] Another single, "China", was issued in March 2011.[8] Bennett, as Sparkadia, had moved to London to work on the second album in mid-January 2010.[10] The Great Impression was issued on 18 March 2011, which reached number 8 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[6] On 20 March it was the week's "feature album" on national youth radio Triple J.[11]

As from December 2014 Burnett was largely working as a songwriter, he has co-written tracks with various artists including Digitalism, Flight Facilities, Elizabeth Rose and Dan Sultan.[12]

Members[edit]

  • Alex Burnett – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards (2004–present)
  • David Hall – drums (2004–2009)
  • Josephine Ayling – guitar, keyboards, vocals (2006–2008)
  • Nick Rabone – bass guitar (2006–2009)
  • Tiffany Preece – guitars, vocals (2008–2009)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Things Behind the Sun (17 February 2007) AUS: No. 83[4]

Singles[edit]

  • "Morning Light" (February 2007)
  • "Animals" (October 2007)
  • "Too Much to Do" (May 2008)
  • "Jealousy" (July 2008)
  • "Talking Like I'm Falling Down the Stairs" (20 September 2010) AUS: No. 75[13]
  • "China" (11 March 2011) AUS: No. 81[8]
  • "Mary" (6 June 2011)
  • "Love Less Love" (October 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b True, Chris. "Sparkadia Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Alex Burnett's Sparkadia in top ten for first time". The Daily Telegraph. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Releases :: Things Behind the Sun". Australian Music Online. Australia Council for the Arts. Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Week Commencing 2nd April 2007" (PDF). The ARIA Report (Australian Recording Industry Association) (891): 8. 2 April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Week Commencing 26 May 2008" (PDF). The ARIA Report (Australian Recording Industry Association) (952): 21. 26 May 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sparkadia". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sparkadia - Official Bio". Sparkadia Official Website. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Week Commencing 28 March 2011" (PDF). The ARIA Report (Australian Recording Industry Association) (1100): 2, 45, 8, 11, 14, 16, 21. 28 March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Week Commencing 20 September 2010" (PDF). The ARIA Report (Australian Recording Industry Association) (1073): 2. 20 September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Feeney, Katherine (6 March 2009). "Sparkadia shine". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sparkadia The Great Impression". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 20 March 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Apter, Liam (2 December 2014). "Interview: Alex Burnett (Sparkadia)". Pilerats Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Week Commencing 18 October 2010" (PDF). The ARIA Report (Australian Recording Industry Association) (1077): 2, 4, 16, 21. 18 October 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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