The Handsome Family with John The Baptist
In a career that spans twenty years they've toured New Zealand on several occasions - each time in their own charmingly DIY fashion - one car, one hotel room, one stage.... and in that time they've built up a loyal Kiwi following who seem to have taken the band's decidedly offbeat take on life's wonders to heart. Their shows are often unpredictable but always entertaining and as a result they've earned a reputation as one of the best live acts around.
New album Wilderness is populated by wild animals, tall tales and folk-lore from American history and is their 9th studio release. Recorded at home in Albuquerque and at the Wilco Loft in Chicago it's a record that finds the Sparks blending Appalachian holler, psych-rock and Tin Pan Alley inspired melodies to conjure up a world where David Attenborough meets David Lynch in a Honky-Tonk bar at midnight.