I remember when I first started going to gigs, it was the most exciting thing in the world. Me and my cousin would count down the days until the gig, speculating about what set the band might play, who else we knew that might be going and if they might do an encore (they almost invariably did). However, one of the most important parts of this preparation was the support act. God, how good support acts could be. When i saw The Zutons (urgh), they had The Futureheads supporting, and I simply couldn’t understand why people were missing the support. Of course, missing the support band means you also miss standing about for an extra 2 hours, save a fair bit of money on drinks and generally don’t end up bored for as long. But when Los Campesinos! comes to Manchester in October, I’ll definitely be turning up early to see Sparky Deathcap.
As well as being an illustrator (and designing the shirts that LC! sold on their latest US tour), Sparky Deathcap is the one man project of a man from Manchester, though he’s subsequently moved to sunnier climes (i.e. down south). To put it short, he’s infuriatingly talented. Seriously, just check out his myspace and you’ll be bombarded with Send it to Oslo, a demo that reminds me of the wonderful Kitty Conehead on Fire, as well as efforts that sound more typically stripped back, reducing the songs to acoustic and lyrics, but still not following the boring, formulaic singer-songwriter route, such as the excellent Berlin Syndrome, which features one of the greatest lines ever written about the German rail staff:
My personal favourite, however, is still Send it to Oslo, but seeing as I can’t find it anywhere on the web (and myspace is impossible to rip from these days), you’ll have to do with the slightly more folksy Mountian and Country for your supper:
Oh, and Sparky is supporting LC! on all of their tour, so if you’ve got tickets for any of the dates, you’ll have the chance to see them both. And Copy Haho, who are also ace.