SQUEEZING OUT THE SPARK
Like Snowbyrd, the other major local band celebrating a CD release this weekend, The Spark spent a lot less time recording the music than they did waiting for the disc to emerge as a finished product.
Drummer Mat Roy reveals that the manic thrash duo recorded and mixed their self-titled debut disc in one 14-hour day in 2004, a breakneck pace which makes famously fast creations such as Zen Arcade and Astral Weeks seem fretted-over by comparison.
But the bash-it-out process was consistent with the way Roy and guitarist Jorge Burwick have worked since they formed the band as Trinity University seniors in 1998. Volume, wild abandon and visceral impact are the key factors, with sonic sheen way down on the priority list.
Although The Spark has been a fixture on the local club scene for nearly a decade, they’ve really generated a buzz over the last two years, a development which Roy credits to the group’s connection with respected bands such as Boxcar Satan, Skullening, and Animals of the Bible. Roy also suggests that he and Burwick have gradually become more adept at their instruments.
“The way we play and write songs, everything is just the two of us. We look at each other for cues,” Roy says. “We’ve gotten to the point when we write music that we can kind of anticipate what the other person is going to do.”
The Spark recorded a demo tape in 1998 and later made a three-inch CD that they burned and spraypainted themselves. But they consider the new album their belated first “official” release.
“We’ve had recordings in the past where we’ve sat on it and not done anything with it,” Roy says. “So I feel like this is the first thing that we’ve done that really came out the way we wanted.”
The Spark celebrate the release of their CD at Limelight (2718 N. St. Mary’s) on Saturday, November 11.