“Armed with rocky riffs and hypnotic harmonies, Sydney Sprague’s debut unravels in waves of angst, reflection and dark humour….if it truly is the end of the world, we’ll go out gladly driving on the highway in Sydney Sprague’s getaway car with her album booming on the stereo.”
DIY – 4/5
“She’s a genius songwriter, check her out and soak up the brilliance.”
“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 – 8/10
“Beautifully melodic and painfully melancholic, Sprague knows how to uplift, while still leaving that slight twist in the pit of your stomach.”
“Sydney Sprague’s album ‘maybe i will see you at the end of the world’ should leave no doubt for lovers of guitar-pop everywhere.”
When The Horn Blows
Hot off her returning single “Smiley Face”, Phoenix-based Sydney Sprague has formally announced and revealed details surrounding her highly anticipated sophomore album – “somebody in hell loves you’ is due out September 15 via Rude Records. In celebration, today’s announcement arrives alongside the new single and music video for “overkill”.
Speaking about “overkill” in more depth, Sydney says: “The lyrics of the song are about loving someone who is way too good for you and doing way too much to make it work, feeling like you will do whatever you have to make someone stay even if its hell for you. It really comes through in the punchline of the chorus – “I would die to be by your side and to keep you standing still, yeah that’s overkill.”
“overkill” and previously released single “smiley face” will appear on Sydney Sprague’s highly-anticipated upcoming album “somebody in hell loves you”, set for release on 15th September 2023.
“When I started writing songs for this record during covid lockdown it felt like the movie had ended and the credits had rolled on life but we were all still here for some reason,” explains Sydney going into the process of recording the new album. “Everything was just floating in this void and because of that I felt like I had all the time in the world to just do whatever I wanted. It was weirdly the freest I’ve ever felt. Writing became a way to entertain myself and make myself laugh instead of a way to wallow. I spent a lot of time reflecting on the past and the people around me and processing things I’d never been able to. I was able to be more honest than I’d ever been in my songs. The fact that I’m able to share them now feels a little scary because when I was writing them they were really just for me, but I hope they can bring people the same sense of escape that they brought me.”
Sydney Sprague will be supporting Pool Kids on their upcoming US tour with additional support from Chase Petra. Tickets are on sale now and a full list of dates can be found below.
July 6 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
July 7 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
July 8 – Pontiac, MI – PUG Fest
July 9 – Cudahy, Wi – X-Ray Arcade
July 11 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
July 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
July 14 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
July 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
July 16 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
July 18 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Austin
July 19 – Denton, TX – Andy’s Bar & Grill
July 21 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade
July 22 – Tampa, FL – Hooch and Hive
July 23 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
July 24 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
July 25 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Jul 26, 2023 – Pittsburgh, PA, USA
July 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Ukrainian American Citizens’ Association (Ukie Club on Franklin)
Jul 29, 2023 – Brooklyn, NY
Jul 30, 2023 – Boston, MA
Aug 1 – Washington, D.C. – Songbyrd
The 28-year-old singer/songwriter, now a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, was encouraged by her parents to pursue songwriting early-on. She spent her formative years daydreaming alone in her room (decorated lovingly with Britney Spears and *NSYNC posters) and unknowingly incubating a talent that would ultimately lead to her future music career.
Backed by familiar-yet-surprising hooks and hard-hitting, topical lyrics, Sprague’s songwriting continues to evolve. With eyes on contemporaries like her 90’s idols, notably Avril Lavigne, she flawlessly carries that same fire, creativity, and wit into her 2021 release – maybe i will see you at the end of the world.
Featuring singles “steve”, “quitter” and “object permanence”, the album (released via Rude Records in February 2021) creates a world of Sprague’s own creation: Every detail, down to the apocalyptic artwork, was deliberately painted so that the disparate parts become most vibrant when viewed as a whole. Though not birthed in 2020’s quarantine, the album goes a long way towards helping listeners deal with our new reality.
That’s because Sprague can only be authentic: “maybe i will see you at the end of the world is my bucket list all checked off. It was my life goal to make this album at this studio with these people, and now that it’s done, and in your hands/ears – I can breathe easy. Thank you for listening.”
Making a name for herself in the states, Sydney Sprague has appeared as a live act supporting Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional and Movements to name a few. Her songs and music videos for “quitter”, “object permanence”, “staircase failure” and “steve” have grabbed the attention of places like Kerrang!, DIY, CLASH, NPR, Refinery29, Under The Radar, Atwood Magazine, UPROXX
and more who steadily keep Sydney’s songs in their New Music Friday highlights of the week. Sydney Sprague has also been added to Spotify’s top indie playlists such as Fresh Finds and Amazon’s Fresh Indie.
More Information about Rude Records
Rude Records is an independent record label with global distribution and a team in US, the UK, Australia, Japan and Asia. Founded in 2000, it currently counts a total catalogue of over 200 releases, and has been developing its own growing roster of international artists during the past decades. Rude Records also represents a selection of alternative US labels in Europe.
Rude Records manages all functions of a typical record label internally (A&R, talent scouting, marketing, PR, communications, royalties management) and has direct worldwide physical distribution deals; Rude Records is digitally distributed worldwide by Sony Music via The Orchard, the main global independent digital aggregator. Rude Records is also a US music publisher.
In 2022, Rude Records earned B-Corp certification for their sustained care and effort to make global change through Rude Cares. Home to the Education For The Future program in Dharavi, India, partnership with Green Future Project and collaboration with Cooperativa Articolo3, Rude Cares aims to connect artists and fans with non-profit entities, associations and benefit projects.