Now Playing: A Triumphant Baeble NEXT Session with The Strumbellas
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 02, 2016

  • Posted by: David Pitz



The Strumbellas' stand-out single "Spirits" is one of those songs that's currently working on overdrive, finding ears all over the globe with its' catchy chorus and feel good vibes. A few weeks back the Canadian folk rockers topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and Shazam recently broke open their mindboggling database to reveal the twelve most likely songs to vie for the coveted title of "Song of the Summer". And guess which track came in at a healthy #5?

So we were more than a little excited to have the band pop in on our Sunset Park abode for a quick run through three songs from their recently released album Hope and also chat about the ride "Spirits" is taking the band on. Anytime a single song catapults a band along, it's always interesting to see what the musicians make of the track's success. Dave Ritter, who handles keyboards for the band, joked, "I think people are taking to it because we did such a good job making it." True Dave...but of course a lot of bands do a good job making their songs and don't get a ticket on the kind of ride The Strumbellas are on. So violinist Izzy Ritchie touched on two points: "One is that it's a super catchy melody and people can sing along and people love singing along. On the darker side, we've been getting a lot of awesome messages and touching notes (and pictures of tattoos their music has inspired, apparently) about how people relate to the lyrics and how the lyrics might be helping them through hard times or loss."

So "Spirits" is destined for amazing things. But the thing is, don't expect The Strumbellas to be one of those bands that enjoy the success of a quick hit and fade away. In the band's session with us, they triumphantly showcased "Shovels & Dirt" and "We Don't Know"; two songs that pack a similar kind of emotional punch you'll want to stomp your feet and shout along to. Which you should totally do, by the way! Just hit play on our latest Baeble NEXT Session and get into it.
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