Swifts and Sparrows is a four-piece progressive rock band situated in Wellington, New Zealand. Their sound can best be described as a blend between ambient and heavy; in a similar vein to bands like Thrice, My Epic and Secret & Whisper.
The band was formed by frontman Blake Reade and guitarist Shem Phillips. The pair decided to focus on writing and recording songs until, after recording their second demo, Matt Galloway was recruited to take up bass duties. This was soon followed by the entry of Sam Macdonald onto drums.
The band made their live debut alongside good friends Two Shots Fired in October 2010. Not long after, they were booked for a spot on the Come and Live New Zealand tour. They were privileged enough to play alongside NZ greats, All Left Out, and international acts Ascend The Hill and The Ember Days. They have also played with several other international acts, including Sleeping Giant, For This Cause, Delaware Wolves and Saving Grace. Swifts have also played at several New Zealand festivals: Parachute in Hamilton, Carnival in Hawke’s Bay, Samstock in Dunedin and Onesound in Waikanae.
January 2012 brought about their debut release, The Pelorus of Light. This was the first half of a two-part release. Part-two, The Calamus of Sound was released in August 2013. Calamus was the band's first chance to truely focus on capturing their live sound. They recorded, mixed and produced the entire project on their own.
Swifts and Sparrows plan to release their first full length in 2014.
Acclaim for their debut release, The Pelorus of Light:
“You quickly realise these guys work the dynamics, not being afraid to strip things right back to reverbed guitars and ride chimes, and always stepping it up again with raw energy. If you like your music heavy but thoughtful, energetic but arty, spiritually deep but not cheese definitely check out this fresh Kiwi debut.”