Meet Cunt Sparrer: Less Cock, More Cunt
Their artistic strategy is to depose the distorted fury of the original east London group and replace it with deliciously novel arraignments. They do this by arming themselves with a thrift store keyboard, acoustic guitar, as well as various found-items substituted for standard percussive implements.
This is all accompanied by Cotterill and Lyon, who some say have fiercely squeaky voices. Watching them open for Jesse Malin last week at Alex's Bar, it was hard not to think of what might have happened had Laverne and Shirley started playing indie-punk music (relax, this is is a compliment). Though Cotterill and Lyons have known each other for years, the band is still in its infancy, having formed in January of this year.
Meanwhile, percussionist Evan Sinclair plays little more than a snare drum and another vintage keyboard, which he uses as a de-facto kick drum. The choice of instrumentation yields unexpectedly practical benefits. "On Sunday we played a show where there was no PA, but they said 'it won't be a big deal because you guys won't need one," says Cotterill.
This week Cunt Sparrer will be heading for San Francisco where they will be playing a handful of shows with another group of punk-rock heavies, U.S. Bombs. Are they intimidated? Maybe a little.
"I'm not nervous about what the other bands are going to think, I'm more concerned about their fans," says Lyons who adds, "We're not claiming to be big punks...In this scene, that's hard for some people to wrap their heads around. But once they see where we're coming from and singing these songs with love..."
Upon returning, Cunt Sparrer will be playing more dates in Long Beach, including a July 7 show at DiPiazza's. They currently have plans to record a full length album at the home of Lyon's boyfriend, local Long Beach musician Rusty Cavinder. No surprise, they'll be using analog recording equipment.