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Sparrow and the Workshop – Murderopolis album review

Sparrow and the Workshop are back at it again. They released their third full-length album, Murderopolis earlier this year and fans are saying that the album is bloody brilliant.

Jill O’Sullivan (vocals, acoustic guitar), Nick Packer (guitar, bass, basstard), and Gregor Donaldson (drums, vocals) are the trio that make up the band Sparrow and the Workshop. The band are known for their use of harmonies and bastardized instruments.

Although this album may not be like their previous folk-based sound, it sure has got fans on the edge of their seats and coming back for more.

Before creating this album, Sparrow and the Workshop decided to switch record labels – to Toad Records. Not only does this make the band nervous, but the fans get nervous themselves. However, you need not worry, although the sound is a little different from their previous work.

Different can be a good thing – which in this case, I believe it is. The band stays true to their roots while interpreting a more powerful side of them to showcase. I think that this is something the fans can be appreciative of. Although this is not something I would normally listen to, I can at least appreciate the musical talent these artists put into their new sound. I can also appreciate anyone who takes a chance – and that’s exactly what Sparrow and the Workshop did. They not only took a chance by switching record labels, they also took a chance by tweaking their sound and producing something fans have never heard before.

When I first heard the album title, Murderopolis, I immediately thought of the words – tough, grunge, hardcore, and a little dirty even. That’s exactly what this album is. It makes a bold statement through their new hard rock-alternative-trippy sound.

This album is Circa Survive meets Jefferson Airplane, with the hardcore-alternative feel of bands like Flyleaf and Evanescence.

The Faster You Spin and Odessa really gives off that Jefferson Airplane vibe. It has a modern day Indie feel, but the sound is more alternative and rock and roll. I think the two different tones really give the songs the edge they need to live up to the name of the album.

The song Shock, Shock is more of the punk rock, grunge sound while still staying true to the band’s roots. If I were to give this song its own genre of music – I’d call is Indie Grunge. It gives you a small taste of their hardcore side without being too hardcore for the fans that have been listening from the beginning.

Jill O’Sullivan (vocals) suggested that Sparrow and the Workshop have “always been loud and raucous.” These words from O’Sullivan have definitely influenced their new album. No matter what new sound the band interprets into their albums, I think that fans everywhere can agree that the vocals of O’Sullivan will always be recognized regardless of the band’s new sound.

By Ashlee Stoeppler

Ashlee is a young, motivated, and passionate writer. She believes writing is the greatest way to express yourself as well as send an inspirational message. She lives in Nashville - the heart of country music. However, indie music has her heart.

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