Catching Up With Sweet Spirit
  • MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

  • Posted by: Josh Ramos

Sweet Spirit aren't your typical band. With no debut album out, the band is still somehow racking up incredible hype. How? How about a co-sign from the legendary Spoon. If that doesn't sell you, their live show will. With remarkable instrumentation and an awesome lead vocalist in Sabrina Ellis, the band is definitely the next big thing. Ahead of dropping their new debut album this summer, the band has already dropped a very good self-titled EP. The songs are energetic and punchy, with a very raw feel. Nothing is overproduced here... just how good rock and roll should be. We caught up with the band to ask them what's going on and what we can expect from them.

What is it like working with Spoon? What is the best piece of advice Britt Daniel has given you guys regarding recording or touring?

Sweet Spirit: Britt has offered good advice. He's urged us to become more organized. A year ago he had to tell us to post our show dates online; now we do. He's said to be patient. He tells us to get back in the box.

How are you preparing for your first headlining tour as well as the tour with Spoon?

For some of Sweet Spirit, it's their first tour ever, so we had to have a talk about the birds and the bees... back seat of the van is 'bate seat, tollbooth games, shower partners, etc. When we open for Spoon, we are bringing our house band, 3 extra people on horns and backing vocals. To make room in the van we bought a trailer from Black Joe Lewis. And nine matching "Fuck You, You Fuckin' Fuck" t-shirts.

You guys [Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen] have been working together for a long time. What is your writing process? Do you work together, alone, or a mix? Basically how do the demos come together?

We've developed a way to write alone-together. We built two isolation boxes connected by a window. We write in those. We can't hear each other so we work off physical cues. The limitations help us make creative ideas. It can take up to 12 hours sometimes to write a song.

Your debut album is slated to arrive this summer. How long have you guys been working on it? Have you cranked out a lot of songs or did you pretty much go in with a vision knowing what you wanted to say your first time up?

The LP was recorded in two sessions with Mike McCarthy, one week in November and one in January. This felt like a huge amount of time, energy and detail for us, which is what we want people to hear in the record. Actually, it's best if people hear it and just want to party. We decided to call it Cokomo.

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