Sweet Spirit

WXPN Welcomes

Sweet Spirit


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$13 ADV - $15 DOS + Fees

Mezzanine tickets are subject to a premium service fee that will be applied at checkout.

Sweet Spirit
Sweet Spirit
Ironically, the eight-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.

As Austin accolades continued to pile up into 2015, Sweet Spirit was added as an official SXSW showcase act without a full-length record or ever having applied. National attention from Esquire, 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.
When Tinnarose formed in 2014, they weren't fully prepared for the hype they would generate. Built around the core of songwriter/vocalist Devon McDermott, guitarist/songwriter Morris Ramos, bassist Drew Schlegel, and guitarist/vocalist Seth Sherman the band’s 2015 self-titled debut quickly gained accolades for it’s balance between indie rock structures and mid 70s songwriting chops.

The band was anointed the inaugural Artist Of The Month by Austin tastemaker station KUTX, and "One To Watch" in Austin Monthly Magazine's annual music issue of the best new Austin artists. They also garnered rave reviews and airplay around the U.S.: PopMatters compared them to Fairport Convention, Paul Simon and T. Rex, calling their record a “singer-songwriter showcase of the highest order,” while American Standard Time editor and KEXP DJ Greg Vandy referenced Harry Nilsson and Steely Dan (among others), and dubbed their sound “freaky, good folk.”

With so much for a new band to live up to, and pressures to tour more often, quit day jobs, sacrifice family time and record a follow up, the band began to fracture. Sherman eventually needed to leave the group.

For several months new songs were written and discarded, shows booked and not played, while the remaining members moved forward with writing a new record as a trio.

Coalescing around McDermott’s evocative lyrics and haunting mezzo-soprano voice, the album began to take form, twisting through a song cycle about hope, redemption and coming to terms with tragedy. Ramos also stepped up to write and sing lead vocals on several tracks, while his technical and stylish guitar playing sets the mood of modern nostalgia for the record.

The band also recruited local production duo Fat Fuse (Christopher Cox and Grant Johnson) to help arrange the songs, adding strings, horns, flutes and more.

The result - My Pleasure Has Returned - is a collection of songs that builds on the band’s fondness for vintage 70s classics, while cementing a more unified sound of their own.

Tinnarose has weathered a storm and produced a record of great variety and depth. They may sound like a nod to the past, but this is a band moving forward with purpose and passion.

My Pleasure Has Returned was released on October 14, 2016 on Nine Mile Records
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104