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Bar Guest

by Sparklejet

Sparklejet's third album, originally released in 2001. Influences include: The Pixies, Guided By Voices, Husker Du, and The Replacements.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. How Long
2:33 $0.99
2. Slip On This
3:43 $0.99
3. Dog Riot
2:50 $0.99
4. Emilio
3:07 $0.99
5. Discordia
2:52 $0.99
6. The Man Who Folded Himself
1:08 $0.99
7. We Get In A Hurry
2:45 $0.99
8. Candida
2:38 $0.99
9. I Wanna Destroy You
3:12 $0.99
10. Lead Me Under
1:19 $0.99
11. Hip As You
4:20 $0.99
12. 4x60 A/C
2:25 $0.99
13. Lebanon, IN.
2:31 $0.99
14. Silence of the Day
2:21 $0.99
15. Cast From the Seed
3:59 $0.99
16. Loup-Garoup
0:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Released in November 2001. listed this album as one of the best of 2001. The songs on this album range from the muscular, pounding groove of "Slip On This", the unrelenting drive, kinetic beat and dissonance of "Dog Riot", the unabashedly and uncompromising hooks of "We Get In A Hurry", to the angular and melodic of "Silence of the Day".

SparkleJet is the tried and true, all-American rock band. Born in the unlikely agricultural hub of Central California, the Fresno-based group holds true to its rock n roll roots, playing music the way it should be played: 100 percent pretension free. SparkleJet has settled into a stripped-down, power-trio lineup where they find themselves at the height of their ability to convey uncompromising power and urgency. The band bounces effortlessly across the rock landscape, drawing from the likes of past and current heroes including The Replacements, Pixies, Hüsker Dü, The Kinks, Guided By Voices, The Police, Foo Fighters, Devo, Led Zeppelin, and The Who. Speaking of Townshend and the boys, SparkleJet performed its own rendition of The Who's 'Tommy' back in 2002. SparkleJets 11-track album, Beyond the Beyond, has been released on Los Angeles-based Long Live Crime Records. Two of the trios earlier releases 1998s This Years Model & 2001s Bar Guest will be distributed through the indie label this spring. For their new album 'Beyond the Beyond', SparkleJet strayed from the usual Fresno recording studios. Instead, the band decided to work with Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. SparkleJet has toured throughout the Northwest, having shared the stage with bands like Kaito, Silversun Pickups, Earlimart, the Mother Hips, Radar Bros., Pine Martin, the High Speed Scene and more. The trio has been featured in Billboard magazine's Best New Artist spotlight, and their music has been used on ESPNs Extreme Games. They have not taken a contrived, anti-social punk rock stance or infused their music with any such self-defeating message. Simply put, they don't try to be anything except who they are by nature. No trendy clothes, no fancy haircuts, just rock.






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Theresa Mae

Rawks my Ass!
This CD is hard rockin from start to finish. Right off the block it delivers 3 driving songs - a little punkish, and totally unapologetic. Then Emilio is where they start to show their flirtatious diversity. Influences can be heard throughout: the Pixies, the Kinks, a little Beckish at times and a good measure of San Joaquin Valley roots rock. The songs are fresh, well crafted and delivered with raw energy. These guys need to be huge!


One of the best local cd's I have heard in Fresno!
Bar Guest is one of the best Local CD's I have heard for a while. It is a great listen that doesn't stop all the way through. This CD is definatley on my top five list.


When Do These Guys Tour?
I stumbled on this band by accident by a random search in Google. The Google entry was a portion of an article between this writer and his friend discussing a band that they thought sounded a bit like The Pixies, so I clicked on the link being a huge Pixies fan and skeptically pressed on. The article was amusing enough for me to go to the band’s site and judge for myself. When I listened to the first MP3 available, I just loved this band. I can understand The Pixies influence, but it’s not blatant……it’s just an influence that’s present in the approach to some of the songs. These guys have much more depth then that and explore more avenues later in the cd. Being a bass payer myself, I just love the production on this album, chalked full of distorted low end it doesn’t get much better then that. In this day and age, old schoolers like myself (closer to 40 then 20) have a bad habit of dismissing bands that remotely sound like something they already have listened to, my suggestion to all is don’t do the same towards this band. This is a really good band that made some really great music that one should explore. Listen to the tracks on Barguest you won’t be disappointed.