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Sparrow- The Early Years (2006)

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This Sparrow album, entitled The Early Years, captures Jason in full stride, successfully lending the gentler sound of his current band’s debut with the upbeat pop rush of his previous band’s work.

There is a newfound confidence in his voice as he sings in a higher register, adding a wonderfully vibrant dynamic to the work. The album’s title track alone is clearly the work of a master craftsman and Jason Zumpano’s finest work to date.

The Early Years makes it abundantly clear that Zumpano was as much Jason’s creation as anyone’s. The Sparrow of today incorporates many of the influences that have informed Jason’s previous work: the baroque whimsy of The Zombies and The Left Banke, the complex melodicism of the Beach Boys, and the classicist songwriting chops of Bacharach and Spector. However, the music now adds the direct punch apparent in the best work of The Kinks or The Raspberries and also fits in nicely with other like-minded contemporaries such as The Shins, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith and Belle and Sebastian as well as his old band mate in the New Pornographers.

The Early Years will go a along way to establish Jason Zumpano as a major songwriting force and showcase Sparrow as a dynamic pop combo soon to make the masses bop and swoon.


released August 1, 2006



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PowertoolRecords Auckland, New Zealand

Rough Church was conceived after the demise of Ferdinand, the band that existed from 1994-2003. Baseball, Concrete, rare steamy rain, tumbleweeds and lost poems about dirty chimneys are what influence this band. It spits out indie pop classic jams that get us compared to everything from Minutemen, Pixies, Broken Social Scene, WAR and Grand Funk. Deal with it! We can't get away from it. ... more

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