Founded in 2007, Doctors & Dealers is the brain-child of indie-pop darling Sparrow.
After a successful beginning in Sweden’s own Southside Stalkers, Sparrow decided to branch out and start a one-woman band as a vehicle for her own songs, and Doctors & Dealers hit the scene in 2008 with her international debut, Confessions of a Drunken Mind. The album garnered critical acclaim from journalists across the board.
In summer 2008, Sparrow packed up her percussion and her live band for an American east coast tour where the band played some of the coolest venues around. After having sold out all copies of her first album, Doctors & Dealers greeted 2009 with her sophomore release, Lost Friends and Newfound Habits. The album was a more grounded and rounded-out effort, featuring a new array of instruments (from kazoos and guiro to cello and trumpets) and a duet with Of Montreal’s James Huggins.
In 2010, Doctors & Dealers announced that she would be teaming with producer Gordon Raphael for her next record. Gordon, who has produced The Strokes (Is This It, Room On Fire) and Regina Spektor (Soviet Kitsch), among others, was immediately enthusiastic about working with Doctors & Dealers and quickly took her under his wing.
The result, Every Sinner Has A Future, is a bright and poignant third album full of songs that have been hailed by their producer as “classic, quite fantastic.” The first single, Trouble, is a rollicking piano-driven song that bemoans the daily grind and invites a little more mess and commotion into the mix, effectively opening the door for the songs and stories that follow. The album offers us a trip down the rabbit hole, opening strongly with jealousy at its finest (Steal Your Life), mob murder during the Prohibition (Crime Scene), and a gypsy-folk sing-along (Backstabber) that includes the album’s namesake line, inspired by an Oscar Wilde quote, “A wise man said that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future, but that doesn’t go for you ’cause all the sins that you do don’t change the fact that you’re a loser.”
Sparrow retains her signature sound on many of the tracks, while also exploring a wider variety of styles in her engaging and accessible way: Fishes Like Me lays claim to an orchestra-rock sensibility where strings and electric guitar back Sparrow’s lament that she doesn’t want to spend her life behind glass, They Don’t Get You (Like I Do) is a playful song about unrequited love and pancakes in bed, and the album closer Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder is a jazzy anthem and a tip of the hat to lost nights and the subtle art of the black-out.
With a fanbase that includes Scarlett Johansson and Pete Doherty, a mention in The New York Times, comparisons to Regina Spektor and Kimya Dawson, and a collaboration with of Montreal’s James Huggins under her belt, Doctors & Dealers is now poised between underground notoriety and large-scale recognition.
In this third chapter of the rollercoaster ride that is Doctors & Dealers’ musical career, there is no doubt that ladies should find their feathered headbands, gentlemen should put on those wingtip shoes, and everyone should knock three times on the speakeasy door to be let inside. Step into the revival where we can all enjoy a cunning blend of classic style and modern pop sensibilities, hedonistic without being indulgent: music so bright that it’s practically contraband.