Sparklehorse was an American indie rock band from Richmond, Virginia. The band was led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous. Active from 1995 until Linkous' death in 2010, Sparklehorse gained recognition for their unique sound and poetic lyrics.
Prior to forming Sparklehorse, Linkous fronted local bands Johnson Family and Salt Chunk Mary. Although only one song, "Someday I Will Treat You Good," survived from these earlier bands, it became a staple in Sparklehorse's live performances.
Linkous chose the name Sparklehorse because he believed the two words sounded good together and could loosely be used as a metaphor for a motorcycle. With their melancholic melodies and introspective themes, Sparklehorse left an indelible mark on the indie rock scene.