Annie Sparrows closes the book on the Soviettes and Awesome Snakes

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(Annie Sparrows, left)

Annie Sparrows--like the rest of her former Soviettes bandmates Danny Henry, Maren Macosko, and Susy Sharp--never slowed down for a moment when the band went on hiatus five years ago. That's probably because her usual speed is full steam ahead. By the time the Soviettes came to life, she was already a veteran of several local bands including the original lineup of Cadillac Blindside, The Hostages, and International Robot. Since their breakup, she's become a parent and homeowner while still finding time to work full time and play in Awesome Snakes and God Damn Doo Wop Band. (That's two bands more than most people manage.)

This week, in between work, family, eating Mexican food, and planning what to do with her eventual lottery winnings, she's cramming with her former bandmates for two reunion shows, tonight at Eclipse Records and tomorrow night at the Turf Club. Sadly, these double as Awesome Snakes' last shows as well. Still, she took a few minutes out of her day to talk to us about being a grownup while keeping your rock and roll lifestyle, raising her daughter, and the downside of snowmobiles when there's no snow.

It's been five years since the Soviettes went on hiatus/broke up, and now you're being a Soviette again, if just for a weekend. How have things changed for you in that time?

Well, now, instead of partying every day and working as little as possible,  I have a full time day job (the first in my life) at a music house (commercials), bought a house in Powderhorn, and had a daughter.  She's 2 and a half.  She's way cooler than me and growing up fast so it's easier to get time to play music again.

What inspired you to be in a band? Who were some of your heroes? What still excites you now that you're a little older and a little wiser?

My parents are musicians, so it was always kind of a given that I would play music, I guess.  I didn't think about it that way when I was younger, but I never thought twice about it - it was always something I just did.  Once I discovered punk rock and got old enough to go to shows by myself (around 12) it seemed obvious to me for some sad reason that that was the way to go.  I had some really bad bands in high school and some less bad bands afterward.  I had really mixed influences when I was learning how to play guitar.  I was obsessed with Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth but also Metallica and the Descendents.  Now I mostly listen to artsy lo-fi garage bands like thee Oh Sees or Ty Segal, and some more "songwriter-y" stuff like Kurt Vile.  I'm less excited by bands or records than I am by songs, a symptom of the internet and doing licensing as part of a way to make a living, I suppose.

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