Spark of Life Signs with New Age Records, Drop New Track feat. Fred Armisen on Drums

Photo: Jonathan Wiener

Los Angeles based post-hardcore band Spark of Life has reunited following two decades of silence, and teamed up with Fred Armisen behind the drum kit to release their new single “Song of Hope." 

Back in the early 2000s, when the band first formed and was playing countless shows with the likes of their friends in Chicago’s own Rise Against and other regional acts from Spark of Life’s own Southern California stomping grounds, the group zeroed in on the melodic post-hardcore sound that became their own.

However, after the successful release of their debut Promises Made. Promises Kept. in 2003, the band quietly went on a silent hiatus until very recently. 

Back in 2018 the two pillars of the band, vocalist Steve and guitarist Nicholas, stealthily reunited Spark of Life for one night to open a secret Rise Against show in a SoCal skatepark, and it was this brief reunion that rekindled their enthusiasm for the long dormant project. 

By early 2022, a plan had been devised to record a few tracks that they’d nearly completed, but they needed a drummer to round out the lineup.

Enter Armisen, lifelong punk rocker and drummer of Trenchmouth (oh, and I guess he’s also known by a few people for some other stuff… nothing huge or anything, just a short 11 years as one of the funniest alumni of the legendary Saturday Night Live, 8 seasons as co-creator and star of Portlandia, and most recently appearing in the Netflix series Wednesday) to partner with his friends in Spark of Life to release “Song of Hope” and the single’s music video:

Speaking of the band and the single, Armisen had this to say, “The band are friends of mine. They asked me to play drums on a song and that was an easy yes. What a great song. Recording and then doing the video was a lot of fun.”

This track and another accompanying single dropping early in 2023 act as a teaser for a long-awaited second full-length record, which is already in the works; and thanks to a newly inked record deal with New Age Records, will be released both digitally and on vinyl.

Spark of Life has also begun preparing for a few live performances in the meantime. One such show is the upcoming New Age Records Showcase at Programme Skate & Sound in Fullerton, California this coming weekend:


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