by Kevin Wilson
Varsovia (formerly the Poor Richards) is an increasingly popular rock & roll act based out of
LDC: What were your influences growing up?
Cedric Warner Sparkman: The melodies of The Beatles, the phrasing of Frank Sinatra and the near-operatic timbre of Roy Orbison were huge influences on me. Being involved in the theatre from a young age as well, David Bowie's creativity on record and on stage has had enormous appeal for me.
LDC: You guys sound international. So, to what extent does your
Jason Matuskiewicz: I would hope that big, star filled skies and hills densely covered in trees and small winding creeks informs our music as much as existential alienation and surrealism.
LDC:What brought you all together and what is the band’s shared vision?
Sparkman: Slater and I have played music together growing up, Laurence and I shared a love of English pop music. We met Andrew through a fri/files/storyimages/and a band was formed. Jason has recently joined us, taking over Bass duties while Laurence moved to second guitar in order to give the band a fuller sound live. As for our vision, I think it is simply to make great pop records in the old fashioned sense: music that is simultaneously accessible, melodic and artful.
LDC: Is there a story behind the name switch?
Sparkman: None of us were ever really fond of the name - we drew it out of a hat. We just sort of settled on it. The last straw as far as changing the name came when a certain website grouped our songs with another band named The Poor Richards. I stumbled upon the name Varsovia (a long unused Latin name for the city of
LDC: When do you plan to return to the studio? Word on the street is that you guys might actually record in German?
Andrew Knight: We are heading back into studio with Duane Lundy (Shangri-La Studio) here in
LDC: How would you describe your music to someone who has never encountered you guys? What do you hope people take away from a careful listen?
LDC: Lastly, what can folks expect from your
Knight: A solid show from five extremely attractive and intelligent young lads.
Varsovia and Indie Favorite Stacy Rock play the Rudyard Kipling Friday March 7th. Details TBA.