Scott Spark sings about shift-work, strategies for outsmarting death, the importance of delusions, love, wanderlust at Christmas-time and life's variety of fuck-ups, while plinking the keys of anything that has them. (Fact: as a misguided teenager he also learned saxophone, until - true story - somebody shot at him to make him stop. Keys were a safer choice!).
'Fail Like You Mean It' features some notable Australian musicians, including Megan Washington (Washington), Seja Vogel (Regurgitator), Adele Pickvance (The Go-Betweens), John Parker (Misinterprotato), Heinz Riegler (ex-Not From There), Chris Pickering, and Yeo ChoongYeo). The songs were mixed by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs, Death Cab For Cutie).
Scott is giving away the toy piano used in the album's recording sessions. This toy piano was a last minute, love-at-first-sight purchase from a ramshackle, dingy music store in New York - think Black Books except with musical instruments. To win this treasured instrument, join Scott Spark's mailing list at www.scottspark.com.au
before the tour kicks off!
Download free bonus tracks at www.scottspark.bandcamp.com
. Then, book tickets to one of the three capital city launches and all shall be revealed a day or so before the tour, via the mailing list. Fail Like You Mean It Launch
Thursday 30th September
The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au
Thursday 7th October
The Vanguard, Sydney
Tickets available from www.thevanguard.com.au
Friday 8th October
The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.auTouring with Washington 2010
12 September - Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney NSW
16 September - Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC
17 September - Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
18 September - National Hotel, Geelong VIC
21 September - Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
22 September - Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
23 September - Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
24 September - Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC