"You kind of have to admit that everything is influencing you. Personal things, of course, whether it's the way you grew up or where you grew up. We grew up in rural Minnesota, and it's cold and dark through the winter, and you learn to entertain yourself sitting in the basement by the fire. We grew up listening to underground music, punk and different things, so it came from that tradition of trying to make new music, to make something human and original."
For Sparhawk, he and Parker's LDS faith is not a deliberate part of the band, yet it organically is part of what they produce.
And while faith and spirituality are a part of his music, he doesn't deliberately force a song around those themes, he said.
"It's sort of always been there. I've been fairly confident from the beginning with letting that language be part of what I do. Spirituality, what I think, what I believe — it's all part of what I am going to create. So let's not overthink it and let what's going to come out, come out.Definitely certain themes and iconography, so to speak, of the language that's in the LDS Church or even in scripture comes out sometimes in what I write. I have been very comfortable with letting that stuff come when it wanted to without feeling like I had to second guess it," Sparhawk said.
The trios Kilby Court shown will support the vinyl reissue of their 1999 "Christmas" album.
The show will feature Christmas tunes and new material from the band's upcoming third release for Sub Pop records.
"We did this Christmas album 10 or 11 years ago and we're finally getting it issued on vinyl," Sparhawk said.
"We'll play a bunch of the Christmas songs, most of the record, a couple of new ones. We just turned in a new record that's coming out in April, so we're probably going to play a lot of that because we're excited about it."
And just in case somebody pulls the rock show cliché of yelling "Freebird!" at the upcoming show? Sparhawk is ready.
" 'Freebird?' I'm going have a long, dark, sort of trying to be funny argument with them and then we'll play something else. I love when people yell 'Freebird' I can talk down 'Freebird' at a drop of hat, man, so once someone yells 'Freebird' I'm going to give them a show." he joked.
Salt Lake City event details
Where: Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West)
When: Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
How much: $15 and $17
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