In October 2012 the 'Two Hands One Mouth' European tour saw the American brothers tour as a duo for the first time. With no band & no computers, Ron (two hands.on keyboards) and Russell (one mouth.on vocals) presented the very essence of Sparks and their extensive catalogue in a show of impact, energy and aggression.
America responded in a similarly positive manner when, in spring 2013, Sparks took their hands and mouth around their homeland. "To our ears they sounded heavenly" (SF Weekly); "last night's Sparks show was the kind of transcendental experience I always hope a live show will deliver" (LA Record); "It was particularly impressive how Sparks managed to translate their meticulously produced albums to their minimalist stage setup. Somehow, though the group used only vocals and keyboards, the performances were flawless. Who needs a backing band? (Diffuser) - are just a small sample of the acclaim that the tour received.
The duo will now return to the stage with a new show 'The Revenge Of Two Hands One Mouth' that will feature many songs and Sparksian delights not performed on the previous tour. As Sparks will be focusing on their next studio project in 2014, this autumn tour is expected to be the last opportunity to witness the band perform in this format.
Full tour dates:
23 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse,
25 Mountain Oasis Festival, Asheville
27 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
28 New York, NY Webster Hall
30 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hal
01 Montreal, QC- Le National
02 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
04 Detroit/Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
06 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin
11 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
24 London - Union Chapel
25 Glasgow - Arches
27 Bristol - Academy
01 & 02 London - Union Chapel
04 Paris - Alhambra