Category: Beachwood Sparks

BEACHWOOD SPARKS interview with The AQUARIUM DRUNKARD

As El Nino rolled into Southern California in the summer of 1997 it pushed two friends, Brent Rademaker and Chris Gunst, to escape Los Angeles. Frequent trips to Joshua Tree were coupled with crashes at Gunst’s parents home to float in their pool and stare at the desert’s night skies. In the midst of this […]

BOSTON GLOBE review of BEACHWOOD SPARKS “Desert Skies”

The BOSTON GLOBE Beachwood Sparks, ‘Desert Skies’ By Steve Morse It’s often a mixed bag when bands dig out their first, previously unreleased studio tracks and thrust them upon the public. But in the case of Beachwood Sparks, these “lost” recordings are generally better than anything the band has done since. The Los Angeles-based psychedelic […]

PASTE review of BEACHWOOD SPARKS “Desert Skies”

Beachwood Sparks: Desert Skies By Eric Swedlund The story of Beachwood Sparks is written across three albums of psychedelic Americana, a distinctly West Coast sound in the heralded tradition of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. Now comes the prequel, an unexpected batch of long-shelved recordings that show the band less reliant on laid-back harmonies […]

FLITER review of BEACHWOOD SPARKS “Desert Skies”

FILTER MAGAZINE Desert Skies By Daniel Kohn After last year’s surprise return after 10 years on the sidelines, Beachwood Sparks have another unexpected treasure to unearth for fans. Recorded in 1997 with the original sextet, Desert Skies is technically the Sparks’ debut, a glimpse into the infancy of the psych-country outfit. The heavy chords of […]

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE features BEACHWOOD SPARKS “Desert Skies”

Beachwood Sparks Unearth a Lost Album Recorded 16 Years Ago The L.A. alternative country pioneers unearth Desert Skies, an album they recorded in 1997 and nearly lost forever. by Theis Duelund When bassist Brent Rademaker met guitarist Chris Gunst at a party in Burbank in the mid-1990s, the two immediately bonded over their mutual love […]