Sydney Sprague is making music for the end of the world.
The 30-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.
Sprague knew exactly who she wanted to produce her next record: Sam Rosson (Death Cab For Cutie, Mac Miller, Pedro the Lion) at Hall of Justice (Seattle, WA). The album 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.”
Sprague announced that she had signed with Rude Records in October 2020. With an exciting team by her side she released two singles – “i refuse to die” and “steve” – both of which received a sweeping of support from the press, notably landing features in Substream, Refinery29, NPR, UPROXX, GIG GOER, Alternative Press, Rock Sound, and Phoenix New Times.
ToneDeaf praised Sprague’s outspoken lyrics and mature sound, declaring that the record is perfect “for those in the mood for some introspective indie rock by someone who isn’t afraid of speaking out” and calling ‘steve’ “your next must-listen.”
Sydney Sprague’s debut LP – maybe i will see you at the end of the world – dropped February 26th on Rude Records.
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