Sydney Sprague - somebody in hell loves you
“Sydney Sprague’s sophomore full-length ‘somebody in hell loves you’ doubles down on the potential of her 2021 debut as she uses infectious melodies, soaring arrangements, and self-deprecating humor in putting her wry observations into a tight collection of songs.” – Atwood
“She’s a genius songwriter, check her out and soak up the brilliance.” – Kerrang
“Sydney Sprague is exploring a shimmering and groovy sound with these new songs, showcasing her ability to write upbeat songs with darker undertones in them.” – idobi
“A dream finally realised for Phoenix based songwriter Sydney Sprague, every track is imbued with this sharp need to create; in Sprague’s desperate vocal delivery, the cacophonous guitars that surround her on all sides, and in its lyrical content which finds her laying all her cards on the table.” – The Line of Best Fit
SYDNEY SPRAGUE channels her sadness, anxiety, and existential dread through driving guitars, shimmering melodies, and the deceptively sweet weapons of indie pop-rock and keen observation.
Self-aware with a knowing injection of dark humor, her songs summon the best of 90s alt-rock and classic power-pop without sacrificing a melancholy befitting of the end times. The Phoenix, Arizona singer/songwriter sharpened her creative voice across two radiant albums. Her sophomore record, somebody in hell loves you, is as devilishly saccharine as the title implies, boldly accessible and smart.
Take, for example, the summertime glimmer of the punchy “overkill” or the inescapable hook of the ode-to-dreaming that is “smiley face.” There’s an audible recreation of panic in the escalating loudness of “terrible places.” An ocean of clever nuance powers “god damn it, jane.” The diverse extremes anchoring somebody in hell loves you are both fresh and familiar, like the most timeless of indie rock.
Sprague, once described as “the punk rock Kacey Musgraves,” first fell in love with the unapologetic guitar-fueled pop of Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Bands like All-American Rejects and Fall Out Boy followed. She next immersed herself in The National, and Death Cab For Cutie.
Refinery 29, UPROXX, Rock Sound, NPR, Guitar World, and American Songwriter were among the tastemaker outlets who lavished praise upon her 2021 debut, maybe i will see you at the end of the world. “Unfiltered lyrics meet ‘sad’ and ‘anxious’ sounding music,” Kerrang! observed. “[But] this record isn’t a doom-laden diatribe; there’s an underlying tongue-in-cheek humor bubbling through.”
The candid, authentic emotions on maybe i will see you at the end of the world and somebody in hell loves you are keys to her relatability. A grownup emo kid who loves pop-punk, indie rock, hooky radio hits, and everything between, Sydney shares the same struggles as her crowd. It’s a connection forged further on the road, like her tour with Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. Music helps Sydney Sprague get through it all, and her hope is that her songs will help folks to do the same.
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