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Frantic. Fun. Loud. Authentic. If you seek salvation, look no further than sparkle*jets u.k. It's been ages since a band came along that everyone would like, kids, teens, boomers, even stuck up wall street types. Students, drunks, nuns, biochemists, it doesn't matter. Rock music is coming back, and sparkle*jets u.k. have it down, expertly honed to hit your heart and not let go. An aural slap and caress all at once.
Bringing with them a passion for the last 30 years of amazing pop music, they set out to boil it all down to its core: pure blissful fun with an eternally youthful attack.
Garnering their name from the Gretsch guitars they promised to buy themselves when they "made it", along with a perfect example of their wacky humor (attaching the oh-so-eighties "u.k." tag) they set out from Orange County to make their mark on the Los Angeles pop hotbed. They released their critically acclaimed debut "In, Through, and Beyond" at the end of 1998, and it wasn't long until they were flavor of the month among pop stalwarts across the nation, playing knockout shows at crowded clubs and major pop festivals. Their new-found alliances paid off in their 2000 release of a coup-de-gras tribute album to themselves featuring 20 other bands.
Now the band has formed a formidable alliance with Smile Records, who are releasing their second album, the versatile & multi-faceted "Bamboo Lounge", which has already attracted huge praises from the press and fans alike since it's underground "pre-release" last summer. The word on the street is for everyone to get onboard as sparkle*jets u.k. make the transition from local phenomenon to the big time.
Meet the band:
Michael Simmons: computer geek meets guitar god, called "the ultimate consumer" by the band, can be found buried amongst ceiling-high piles of CD's and gadgets, recording and archiving nearly everything he ever experiences, just in case. He also writes, sings, and plays guitar.
Susan West: she's the boss. The quirky heart and soul of the band, friend to all, and awesome mom. She also writes killer lyrics & songs, plays guitar, and has a voice that many fans and press people have called "one of the most awesome and powerful instruments ever."
Jamie "Mr." Knight: When not turning 180 high school kids a year into budding rock stars, Jamie is one of the only teachers around with 1600 watts of pure bass fury at his disposal. He lends the distinction of a real working pedigree in rock, jazz, soul, and new wave. A bassist without peer.
Tisha "T-Bean" Boonyawatana: The icing on the sparkle*jets cake. She sings, plays keyboards & guitar, draws, paints, and all sorts of things. The sparkle*jet most likely to be spotted on a bench at the mall, quietly making fun of everyone else at the mall... probably you.
Joel Valder: Holds the title for longest-serving sparkle*drummer. He's probably watching Star Wars & browsing MySpace as you read this. He has a pet on MySpace. Can you say arrested development? He reeks of the 70's in a good way and lays down a sick beat. He wears earplugs. All the time.
youll laugh youll cry its the band the sparkle*jets u.k.