Yellow Red Sparks play a unique style of indie folk rock which features poetic songwriting and beautiful harmonies mixed with a touch of pop sensibility. Guitarist/Vocalist Joshua Hanson and Bassist Sara Lynn Nishikawa were recently named Best Folk Act by the OC Weekly and just released a brand new EP titled New Fangs, Old Pangs. The duo sat down with Geek & Sundry to answer some of the Twitch community’s questions after their performance on Geek & Sundry Live.
DEATHlikescats: I wonder what Yellow Red Sparks refers to (other than their name)?
It refers to the blending of two very different personalities. The yellow represents a more passive type, while the red is much more fiery and confrontational. Sparks fly 😉
Davidguy: How many instruments do you know how to play?
Sara: I can play the double bass, guitar, piano, and drums. Everything else you might see me play, I just kind of tinker with and wouldn’t say I actually know how to play them.
Zathyr: Have you been playing music basically your whole lives?
Sara: I started playing piano when I was 6, and music has been a huge part of my life since.
Josh: I have loved music my entire life, but didn’t get around to playing it until around 16.
Hploopylu: If you could be a mythical creature, what would it be?
Sara: Probably a catbug. He has the best qualities of a cat AND a bug–he’s so adorable and can fly, and brings peanut butter square happiness to all.
Josh: I would be a Merman.
G&S: Can you tell us what inspired you both to start playing music?
Josh: I grew up surrounded by music. My mother was out singing 5 nights a week and my father was in a band. My brother currently tours the world playing music for a living and I don’t think either one of us had much choice. It’s in the blood 😉
Sara: I guess it’s not entirely different for me. My dad is an amazing pianist and I remember listening to him play as a child and wanting to be just as good as him someday.
G&S: What has been your most challenging experience as musicians?
There are so many talented musicians out there and it becomes more and more difficult to get heard… especially when you’re on your own. I think it’s always going to be a challenge, but we’ve been fortunate to have people believe enough in what we’re doing to get behind and help out.
G&S: What do you geek out about?
Josh: I geek out on science fiction books and I have a deep love for the show Battlestar Galactica. Fracking love it.
Sara: I love Miyazaki films. I am a bit of a Disney nerd. Anything on Cartoon Hangover too.
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About the Writers:
Judy and Jody Timmerman have been avid promoters of the Southern California music scene for more than 20 years. They are both members of the Long Beach Music Council and nurture local musicians through their various music endeavors including the Rebirth of Rock radio show, Songwriters Unplugged event and Live Rock Gig Music Blog. They have been booking music guest for the Geek and Sundry Twitch.TV channel since March of 2015.
Feature Image Credit: Patrick Gonzales