Also featuring pianist Jake Knight, drummer Daniel Blanchard, bassist Jon Fichter, and guitarist Josh Merry as part of its lineup, local act Sweet Spirit combines the dramatics, ferocity, and pop know-how of all the duo’s previous projects. The band’s self-titled debut EP was a four-track listen opening with a cunning garage rock howl that set the stage for all the deceptively sweet pop hooks and deluge of endlessly catchy rock to come, while Ellis’ vocals continue to be a force to be reckoned with. Since that release Sweet Spirit has also collaborated with Spoon’s Britt Daniel on propulsive track “Have Mercy,” a synthesized swell of vocal harmonies, and the band is currently working with producer Mike McCarthy on their first full-length due out this summer.
You can stream Sweet Spirit’s music right here on KUTX.
– Leyla Aksu