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Sparrow Sleeps have made a name for themselves by transforming hard-hitting rock songs into soft and sweet lullabies. The duo, which consists of Casey Cole and Peter Lockhart, will soon release their new project, titled Sparrow and Friends Start A Band!, in which they called upon some of their favorite artists to help create an album of children's music -- specifically for those aged 3-5.
“Sparrow and Friends is probably one of the weirder pop-punk compilations out there," Cole tells Billboard. "We’re still amazed at the artists that were willing to be a part of this project and bring this crazy idea to fruition.”
The project was largely shaped over the past year, as the two took time to write and record catchy, funny and meaningful music that centers on basic childhood lessons, such as brushing your teeth, tying your shoe, having good manners and more. The new LP -- "the essential pop-punk album for kids," according the press release -- creates an interesting juxtaposition, considering the song's lyrical content is aimed towards young kids, while the artists featured on each track will more likely resonate with parents.
"The Sugar Song," for example -- which the duo is premiering exclusively with Billboard -- enlists Kailynn West of Tiny Stills and Tony Thaxton of emo-tilting Minneapolis quintet Motion City Soundtrack. The track's message is that "You can't just eat sugar," as the chorus continually reminds listeners, while an upbeat and driving rock beat plays on in the background.
“I have nieces who are eight and 11, so I jumped at the chance to make music that I knew would make them laugh," West tells Billboard. "The idea of a mosh pit screaming about not eating sugar all the time is really goofy and fun, and Tony and I spent most of the time laughing while we were recording this song. We had a blast."
West says the song bears particular significance for her. "I have a serious sweet tooth in real life, so this song rings true for me. I had Oreos for breakfast because I'm an adult and I can do it... but that doesn't mean I should. I really did eat a carrot while recording the bridge of this song, though!“
Thaxton was eager to contribute to this track, too, and says he immediately agreed when the opportunity arose. "I have a bit of a soft spot for kids, so this seemed even more fun than the usual music projects I get to do."
Give "The Sugar Song" a listen below and check out the track list for Sparrow and Friends Start A Band!, out Oct. 21.
1. We’re The Sparrow Sleeps Band (ft. Will Pugh of Cartel)
2. I Want To Play! (ft. Will Pugh of Cartel)
3. Shoe Tying Machine (ft. Nick Diener of The Swellers)
4. Let’s Sing About Letters! (ft. Ace Enders of The Early November)
5. Sharing Is Cool (ft. Joe Taylor of Knuckle Puck and Dan Lambton of Real Friends)
6. Holding Hands (ft. Zech Pluister of Sleep On It)
7. Make Some Noise (ft. Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids)
8. Air Guitar (ft. Ryan Key of Yellowcard)
9. The Sugar Song (ft. Kailynn West of Tiny Stills and Tony Thaxton of Motion City Soundtrack)
10. 10 (ft. Mike Herrera of MXPX)
11. Two Minutes (ft. Nick Thompson of Hit The Lights)
12. Sparrows Nest (ft. Aaron Marsh of Copeland)