In any sane universe, academic studies would be devoted to Ron and Russell Mael, as they are to Dylan, Bowie or The Beatles. Municipal buildings and parks would be named after them. Statues would be erected in their honour. In the mind of the convert, Sparks are that significant.
Ground-breaking pop pioneers Sparks – Los Angeleno brothers Ron and Russell Mael – have announced the release of their new song. ‘One For The Ages’ is available now via BMG at all DSPs and streaming services.
“Who among us doesn’t feel the need to be involved with One For The Ages, either in a creative endeavor, a personal relationship, or as the next Michael Jordan?” Ron Mael
‘One For The Ages’ is taken from Sparks’ upcoming 24th studio album, A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, due on Friday, May 15 on digital platforms with the release date for CD, vinyl and cassette now set for July 3. Pre-orders are available now, with all pre-orders joined by ‘instant grat’ downloads of ‘One For The Ages’ and previous tracks ‘I’m Toast’, ‘Self-Effacing’ and ‘Please Don’t Fuck Up My World’. A number of formats are on offer, including CD, 2x heavyweight coloured and picture disc vinyl, and cassette; limited exclusives include signed prints, deluxe CD book editions, and a very special Sparks beret.
The career of Ron and Russell Mael is an immaculate lesson in how to stay consistently interesting for fifty years. Now entering their sixth decade, Sparks will celebrate A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP with a brief series of European live dates, to be followed next year by an epic 2021 world tour. This year will also see the eagerly awaited premiere of Annette, the first English-language film from groundbreaking French director Leos Carax (Holy Motors, Pola X), written by Ron and Russell Mael and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. In addition, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) is putting the final touches to his long-in-the-making Sparks documentary, an as-yet-untitled feature-length film celebrating this singular band.