Help Us Back The Spill Canvas Recovery Fund

While at the Orlando stop of their tour with Motion City Soundtrack, The Spill Canvas hit a stroke of bad luck; some immoral people broke into their trailer and stole all of their equipment.

The downside to that is in every city there are a few unsavory individuals who know just how to turn things upside down in a negative way. Unfortunately in Orlando, those people found us. We awoke from our hotel to find the lock on our trailer cut and a mass of musical gear was stolen- Around $20,000 worth.  Needless to say we are pretty shocked and devastated.

Like most responsible musicians, we reported the incident to the police. We were banking on insurance to cover the loss but due to special circumstances our claim was denied. Something that's supposed to be there for us as, a fail safe, in times of need has...well, failed us.

Although it's unfortunate that the band has had to deal with this at all, they have had a great outpour of support from fans through their GoFundMe page. One mission that Casey and I discussed when we relaunched the Sparrow Sleeps this year, was to use our store to be able to help support that bands that have inspired us to do what we do when they hit a hard patch. With that said...

ALL proceeds from sales on any album or single on will go straight to The Spill Canvas from now through the end of the weekend (midnight on 7/26/15). 

Anything will help, so if you have a few extra bucks to support them, go pick up some lullabies. You can also support the guys by donating on their GoFundMe page.

The Creation of SS-008: Infant Politics

The Creation of SS-008
Songs by MXPX - Infant Politics

I was twelve years old when I first heard Life In General. It was 1998, I was on the school bus, and a friend of mine told me I should take it home and listen to it. I had never been exposed to anything like it.

I was seventeen years old when I covered “Christalena” with my band Cowboy Warehouse at a lunch-time pep-rally.

I am now thirty years old, and I still go back and listen to the MXPX discography regularly.

Infant Politics was over a year in the making. It started out in January of 2014 as a broader idea that would incorporate a children’s book telling the story of MXPX breaking down in the Midwest on their way to play a show at the Metro in Chicago. Along the way, the MXPX boys ran into a number of farm animals, and baby chicks attacked Mike (because he’s a Chick Magnet, if you know what I mean). I had contacted Mike Herrera and teamed up with an illustrator named Tom Brading. Tom and I worked aggressively on things for about a month, but being a busy new father, things never came to fruition.

Original illustration by Tom Brading

2014 passed quickly. Sparrow started scooting around on her stomach. Then she started crawling. Then she started running. We baby-proofed the kitchen, and the living room, and every other room in the house.

One day in January of 2015, I cleaned out my e-mail inbox, and I found the correspondence between me and Mike, and I decided to contact him again and finish the release I started 12 months prior. The result is this 10-track album of nostalgia spanning the discography of one of my earliest influences.

Welcome to!

Welcome to!

For those that are unfamiliar with Sparrow Sleeps, the project started in October of 2013 with the birth of Sparrow Lucille Cole; 8 pounds 6 ounces of beauty born to a pop-punk dad that had grown soft in his old age. I (Casey) am the soft pop-punk dad.

After two weeks of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on repeat, I took to the internet to find that there were a couple of modern lullaby options, but I couldn’t find anything that I grew up listening to.

So, I created an album of Saves the Day lullabies to listen to while rocking Sparrow to sleep. And they worked. Sparrow was falling asleep faster than our “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” days, and I found myself rocking her well after she fell asleep because I was familiar with the music that we were now both enjoying... together.

As of April 2015, Sparrow Lucille is now 18 months old. In those 18 months, I created a number of other lullaby albums, and now I want to share them all with you.

Early this year, I teamed up with Peter for help with the visual aspects of Sparrow Sleeps. And the result is the site that you are now poking around, as well as the album covers you are seeing.

In the last few months, we’ve been in contact with a handful of bands and been able to create some really rad releases for you to use as tools to help your little ones fall asleep.

The most unique new feature on our site is our Custom Lullabies page, where you can have us create a lullaby rendition of your favorite song (or songs). We recently let give the Custom Lullabies page a whirl, and they seemed to enjoy the results.

The Sparrow Sleeps team will be posting new lullabies regularly, so be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SparrowSleeps) and Facebook (/SparrowSleeps) to see when new lullabies get uploaded. 

Thanks for visiting, and Tell All Your Friends (with babies).

The Creation of SS-001: Can’t Lay Down

The Creation of SS-001
Songs by Saves the Day - Can’t Lay Down

Can’t Lay Down was the accidental start of Sparrow Sleeps.

Sparrow Lucille wasn’t even two weeks old when I had the idea of creating lullabies of my own to use. I had recently been on a Stay What You Are kick, so I sat down at my keyboard and composed soft renditions of three Saves the Day songs; “At Your Funeral,” “Freakish,” and “Three Miles Down.”

When I felt that the songs were complete, I uploaded them to Bandcamp as an EP called Can’t Lay Down; an obvious homage to the album Can’t Slow Down. I paid tribute even further by creating a terribly tacky photoshopped version of Can’t Slow Down with a similar (so I thought) font.

The purpose of uploading the songs was to show a friend of mine in Austin, TX. I then went out and ran some errands. 

But when I came home, the Bandcamp site had over 20,000 plays, and I had no idea why or how that happened..

So I searched Sparrow Sleeps online, trying to figure out what on Earth happened, and I found that AV Club had posted a very kind article about the songs, resulting in a ton of web traffic.

I finished the album a month later, and these 10 songs are attached to the earliest memories I have with Sparrow; rocking her back to sleep during the wee hours of the morning with a smile on my face as I sang along in my head…

Your eyelids close when you’re around me, to shut me out. Don’t shut me out. 

Final Can't Lay Down album cover


And because of that, this is probably (and will probably always be) my favorite Sparrow Sleeps album.