Sweet Spirit, Louise Le Hir, Blessed

LIVE AT THE FLYCATCHER

Sweet Spirit

Louise Le Hir

Blessed

Sun, May 21, 2017

9:00 pm

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Sweet Spirit
Sweet Spirit
Ironically, the nine-piece band Sweet Spirit started as a solo project. Austin singer Sabrina Ellis was going through some distressing times: the band that she fronted for several years, Bobby Jealousy, with her then husband was disintegrating along with their relationship. Everything Ellis was working toward was suddenly in free-fall.
She started Sweet Spirit to hone her ability to write and perform on her own. “It was supposed to be focused on me writing solo, and performing with the guitar,” she says. But it didn’t stay that way for long.
When Ellis started Sweet Spirit, she was still writing and performing with her longstanding garage punk band A Giant Dog. AGD Co-founder Andrew Cashen was intrigued by Ellis’ new emphasis on soul and country and pop music as touchstones for Sweet Spirit and quickly climbed on board the project. “I’m very comfortable doing loud and fast,” Cashen says, “so this is uncharted territory for me.”
Together Ellis and Cashen began turning out songs at a breakneck pace. They assembled a core band of four more members, rehearsed religiously, and started playing gigs around town. Immediately they began turning heads and packing clubs.
Within six months they had gotten noticed by one of Austin’s most famous musical residents, Britt Daniel of Spoon. In October of 2014, Daniel asked the band to perform at Spoon’s “secret” tour kick off show at the cramped rock club Hotel Vegas for their latest record They Want My Soul, and Sweet Spirit was quickly thrown into the local buzzmill.
Ex-Spoon producer and friend Mike McCarthy was also an early devotee. He met with the band and invited them to record demos at his studio to shop around. Those early demos were so strong, that with minimal mixing, they became the band’s eponymous 10″ EP.
As Austin accolades continued to pile up into 2015, the band was asked to perform a cover set of Marvin Gaye songs for a special event. They added two horn players and a backup singer to recreate Gaye’s music – Ellis and Cashen were immediately enchanted. They asked the auxiliary players to stay, making what was once a solo project a full-fledged nine piece band!
Twp months later, Sweet Spirit was added as an official SXSW showcase act without a full-length record or ever having applied. National attention fromEsquire, the L.A. Times and other outlets solidified their status as Austin’s “next great rock band” and earned them a spot as the opener on 12 Midwest and West Coast Spoon tour dates.

Meanwhile, the band released their full-length debut Cokomo, as well as a two song collaboration with Daniel, receiving praise from Stereogum, Consequence Of Sound, SPIN, and other outlets, and leading to two more national tours.

In between shows, the band found time to work with producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick) on their sophomore full-length St. Mojo.

The new record comes out on April 7, 2017 on Austin label Nine Mile Records and features a bigger, more dynamic set of songs. Lead single "The Power" has already become a fan favorite at live shows, while the Queen-esque track "The Mighty" and Prince dance funk of "I Wanna Have You" take the band is exciting, unexpected new directions. Guest contributions from members of Grupo Fantasma, Mother Falcon and A Giant Dog help expand the band's already considerable sound.
Louise Le Hir
Louise Le Hir
From Tucson via Las Vegas and other points on the endless American highway comes Louise Le Hir. Armed with a stack of bittersweet songs, an acoustic guitar and a smoky, cigarettes & whiskey voice that resonates where the lower meets the mid register, Louise Le Hir's work is simultaneously low-key and intense.

Perhaps you remember Louise from her Las Vegas-based psych band The Pandas; perhaps you don't. But that creative electric impulse that ran through her previous band still runs through her material, but in a much more muted, eyes wide open sort of way. Le Hir's bloodline starts with a French mother and an American father, and a DNA pre-history that includes stops in Berlin and Copenhagen, where she was conceived. After some challenging sections of her own person highway, and some inspiration via the work of that eternal North American road dog Neil Young, Louise Le Hir has plenty to write about and the voice to convey it.

Carl Hanni, KXCI Tucson
Blessed
Blessed
CanCon Experimental Post Punk from Vancouver, Canada
Venue Information:
The Flycatcher
340 E. 6th St.
Tucson, AZ, 85705
http://flycatchertucson.com/