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Sparrow goes solo

Edmonton native and former frontman of the Murder City Sparrows, Jay Sparrow is set to perform some of his latest solo work at LYVE on Whyte on Oct. 1.

Edmonton native and former frontman of the Murder City Sparrows, Jay Sparrow is set to perform some of his latest solo work at LYVE on Whyte on Oct. 1.

Sparrow’s solo sound noticeably differs from the Murder City Sparrows, and his new extended play, the Tempest Line, will be released this Tuesday.

“I was playing punk music before,” Sparrow said. “And I guess I just felt that it wasn’t the right place for me to be in anymore. I was having a lot of fun doing it, but it wasn’t fulfilling on any other level.”

His debut solo album will be released in November, and will be the first full-length record released on his label.

“Artistically it will be a departure from what I have done.” Sparrow said. “I don’t want to say too much about it because it is just getting finished right now, and I think it is going to be a big change from what I have done up until now.”

Last fall, Sparrow won the CBC’s Great Canadian Sound Quest with his poetic song called The Ballad of Mary White.

“That was really humbling,” Sparrow said. “And it kind of focuses your energy in one direction for that period of time, because you have a really short amount of time to create something for the competition, so it was a high pressure situation, which I like.”

 
 
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