Spare Parts For Broken Hearts at June Gloom: Evolution Meets Legacy Thoughts+Photos: Spare Parts For Broken Hearts at June Gloom 6/17/23 at Oracle Tavern
LOS ANGELES, CA- At June Gloom, as the atmospheric haze settled, Spare Parts For Broken Hearts (SP4BH) took the stage, marking a riveting reemergence since my last encounter with them. Time has weathered the band, ushering in new members—a fresh bassist and drummer—but the transition isn’t jarring. Instead, it’s a testament to the band’s adaptive spirit, showcasing their resilience in the ever-shifting musical landscape.
At the heart of this metamorphosis is the unwavering presence of Sarah Green. With her at the helm, there’s a touchstone of continuity that ties the past and present iterations of SP4BH. Her ability to evolve without sacrificing the band’s intrinsic sound is nothing short of artistry. Those unmistakable melodies that hooked us years ago? They’re very much alive and pulsating, echoing throughout their seven-song set, evidence that while members might change, the soul of a band can remain constant.
The synergy between Green and her newly-minted lineup was palpable, weaving a sonorous tapestry that reverberated with both nostalgia and newfound energy. Each track in their setlist was delivered with a visceral potency, a harmonious blend of their signature sound and renewed vigor.
I have always championed artists who navigate the delicate balance between evolution and staying true to one’s roots. And in that vein, SP4BH’s performance at June Gloom was emblematic. It was a timely reminder that even in the vast and unpredictable world of music, some things—like the magnetic pull of Sarah Green’s musical prowess—remain a steadfast constant.