They say you have your entire life to write your first record, and only months to complete your second. But for Spark Of Life, the malleable post-hardcore band that formed in the suburbs of Los Angeles almost 25 years ago, this life has been anything but predictable. The band returns today with “Song Of Hope,” a melodic punk track laced with a shimmering vintage guitar line and lyrics about facing a devastating loss. Centered around the songwriting nucleus of singer Steve Jennings and guitarist Nicholas Piscitello, the band recruited actor, comedian, and drummer Fred Armisen to play on the song.
The video has an innate sense of nostalgia to it, yet the song would fall right in place alongside newer offerings from acts like The Menzingers and Samiam. “Song of Hope” is one of two tracks that will be on a split with fellow California melodic punk band Freewilldue out this Spring on New Age Records.
Collaborating with Armisen came very naturally for the band after he and Jennings met in a classic way, bonding over music from complimenting each others’ t-shirts. On working together, Armisen comments:
“The band are friends of mine. They asked me to play drums on a song and that was an easy yes. What a great song. Recording and then doing the video was a lot of fun. Happy to be a fill-in drummer and full time friend!”
Check out the video for ‘Song Of Hope’ below.