If Heart and Joan Jett had a baby and sent it to boarding school with Florence + the Machine you'd get a hard rocking band with killer vocals called Lily Sparks!
First timers are never quite sure what to expect when they see a Lily Sparks show but after a few seconds it’s pretty clear: They rock. Flanked by glitter guitars that alternate between crunch and wail, the singer’s got a set of pipes that can go from fragility to fury in a heartbeat.
Lead vocalist Niamh (pronounced “neev”) is a vocal powerhouse brimming with passion and charisma. As a child in Ireland she sang traditional Irish songs, perfomed in choral groups and played lead roles in musical theater. She’s classically trained in voice and piano. But onstage she’s a rock diva.
KG* learned the guitar by joining a punk band. She plays solid rhythm and inventive leads blending elements of punk, pop, and classic rock. She loves stars, guitars, and muscle cars.
Bassist Anand (pronounced "On-in") likes to keep things simple. Growing up on a healthy diet of AC/DC, the Beatles, and all things melodic, he quickly learned that it's the space in-between the notes that makes for great music.
Drummer Mick Fumento has a degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami. When he’s not keeping time with Lily Sparks he’s a dedicated music teacher in the New Jersey School system. He also makes killer tomato sauce.
Together for only about 2 years, they’ve gone from playing a couple of acoustic shows in bars to playing at the Taubertal Music Festival in Germany where Niamh won the award for Best Vocalist. They recently toured in London and Ireland earning praise and new fans from both their electric and acoustic performances.
Check out their debut EP, Cooper Cobra, and discover why Women of Substance Radio called them “a tight band following in the footsteps of Heart and 4 Non Blondes who knows how to ROCK. These girls write great songs filled with melodic and instrumental hooks.”
How do you describe your music to people?
It's melodic rock in the vein of Heart, Pink, or Evanescence. The focus is really on the vocals and the guitars. We try to create memorable song hooks and guitar riffs. Lyrically, we aspire to paint a picture and describe an emotional experience.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Lead vocalist, Niamh: I started singing as a soloist in church when I was 12 and then moved on to doing lead roles in musicals. From there I started performing in bands in college. My first band was called The Whistlers. We played deep folk rock...
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Niamh: Work out with my Shake Weights.
KG*: Stalk the members of Cheap Trick.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Not having enough hours in the day!!!! (And having to work a day job...)
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Niamh: A rock star.
KG*: A rocket scientist.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Niamh: Growing up in Ireland I was exposed to many types of music and encouraged to sing a lot. Traditional Irish singing around the dinner table was common. Here in New York I've met a lot of colorful characters and creative people who have expanded my artistic horizons.
KG*: Having lived in the East Village for many years - and now in Brooklyn-- I find myself surrounded with musicians and with the opportunity to see all kinds of new and interesting bands. New York draws creative people from all over the country (and the world) like a magnet and forces them to live in tiny spaces so that they feel compelled to go out and make noise in order to get some relief.
What other artists out there do you love?
We <3 Heart, Florence & the Machine, Van Morrison, The Black Keys, The Cranberries, Cheap Trick, Sloan, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol
What does your future hold?
We are ready to do some serious work this year. More recording, touring, a new video - bring it on!