Lost Boat Party by Little Sparta with Sally Timms
Little Sparta and Sally Timms have a history.
Little Sparta first collaborated with Mekons singer Sally Timms in 2008 on the single Best Intentions, which was partly recorded in a chalet during The Dirty Three curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2007. An icon of the alternative music scene the Chicago-based singer has been a core member of the Mekons since the mid-1980s, collaborated with everyone from Marc Almond to Stephin Merritt to Bobcat Goldthwait and released a slew of critically acclaimed solo records.
Little Sparta’s Susie Honeyman has been an integral member of the Mekons since 1983 and continues to record and tour with the band, most recently on 2019’s Deserted album. Boyd composes music for TV and film and is currently collaborating on a project with The Vaccines’ Freddie Cowan. Scott Skinner lives, works and drums in Glasgow.
Alan D Boyd: “Since our last release, the instrumental album Close in 2012, I’ve been through a lot and these songs sprung from that. I’d been in and out of hospitals with a debilitating ear condition and then slammed with a heart attack in 2017. While recovering, I began writing some Little Sparta songs with lyrics again. Six months later, I was back in the studio digging through some ideas and demos and pulled these songs together. It was great to get Sally back to sing with us.”
LITTLE SPARTA are a London based three piece featuring Alan D. Boyd, Susie Honeyman and Scott Skinner. They often work in collaboration with poets, painters, singers and film makers.
Described as ‘bittersweet and unpretentious’ by Pitchfork (7/10) for their first release Scalpel Slice (Fire Records) the band have continued to explore the out of the ordinary while maintaining the ‘Elegant, waning violins and craggy folkisms..” (NME) that have come to define their sound
You can listen and buy music by LITTLE SPARTA at BANDCAMP