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Biography

Sparrow Hill are:

Sonia Tsai – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Rachel Tsai – drums
Melissa Ratliff – keyboards and vocals
Cameron Krone – bass

Sydney-based band Sparrow Hill formed in 2002. The Tsai sisters spent many of their adolescent years playing drums and guitar in the front room of their home. Sonia started songwriting during this time and continued writing solo before the band evolved fairly organically over the years.

Sparrow Hill’s sound has been defined loosely between folk and pop with a bit of country thrown in. Their songs are often sparse with darker shades but the strong vocal harmonies and melodic hooks take them somewhere brighter. They are currently working up new material that they hope to record later in the year.

In January 2004 they recorded some songs as part of the SBS Whatever Sessions. The Whatever Sessions compilation of emerging Australian artists was released in November of the same year, and was followed up by Sparrow Hill’s debut full-length album Until You Go, released in July 2005 through Sydney indie label Feral Media.

Several of the songs on Until You Go received rotation on FBi 94.5FM and the band has performed live to air on various programs at the station since its release.

Sparrow Hill have played live shows with a diverse range of bands and performers, listed below in alphabetical order:

Architecture in Helsinki, Artifishal Limb, Barrage, Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood, Broken Hills, By the Sea, Clair Birchill, Clare Bowditch, Clue to Kalo, Comatone, Delpino, Founder, Garbage and The Flowers, Holly Throsby, ii, Jen Cloher, Josh Armistead, Ladyjane, Maher Shalal Hash Baz (Japan), Marcus from Deloris, Marissa Nadler (US), Monkfly, New Buffalo, Origami, Sam Shinazzi, Scissors for Sparrow, Sui Zhen, Tenniscoats (Japan), The Emergency, The Organ (Canada), The Rich, The West Winter (formerly known as The Wolf), The Woods Themselves, Underlapper, Unkle Ho and Yes Nukes.

In August 2006 Sparrow Hill’s song The Locust was remixed by The Herd’s producer Sulo and was released on their remix album Trampled.

Other Sparrow Hill tracks have appeared on various compilations by Feral Media such as Super Shiny Sydney and (Southern Winter) Northern Summer.

Most recently Sparrow Hill’s track The Ploughman has been used in the film Cross Life, which screens at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2007. The film follows characters living in Sydney’s Kings Cross.

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