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Spirit In The Room is a mythical creature. At least that is the reputation that Spirit is leaving with those who have encountered them. Stories of amazing and powerful live performances have grown the myth larger and larger. The style of music in which Spirit In The Room delivers is extremely hard to describe. This only adds to the legend. You hear some NIN, Queens Of The Stone and even some Bowie. But, Spirit In The Room truly stands alone. The sound and the style is truly all their own. That’s something hard to do these days. I was sent a link to Spirit In The Room’s track “Doing Them In” and I was hooked. Like a being under spell I was entranced with the sound of this song. I then went down the rabbit hole of you tube, spotify and the bands band-camp page and loaded up on tracks. I discovered tracks like “Chasing The Devil’s Tail” and “Creatures Of Habit” and came to the conclusion that Spirit In The Room truly is some sort of the mythical creature and well deserving of its legend. This creature makes ugly beautiful and beautiful ugly. This creature dares to stand-alone with only the music doing the talking. Spirit In The Room does not let fear or anything else stop it from being its very own creature. You never know what you will get with the bands albums or singles. You may get a rocking track like “I’m In Your Headlights” or a journey through delightful nightmares like on their EP “Demon.”
So who is Spirit In The Room and how did this creature come to be? The answer can be found with Dennis Sanders in the depths of Los Angeles. He is the creature that controls and drives Spirit In The Room. Dennis is the brainchild of Spirit In The Room and responsible for Spirits heartbeat and looming legend. So, when I found out that Spirit In The Room was hand picked by Doors To No Where to play with them on March 18th at the Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz I reached out to Dennis to find out more about the band and what we all can expect.
WormHound > First off, I really dig what you are doing. How long has Spirit In The Room been a thing?
DENNIS > Thanks! I started writing songs for the project in 09 but it didn’t really start to develop as a live band until late last year. After a few lineup switches, I’ve finally found my place with this current set up.
WormHound > Describe Spirit In The Rooms sound?
DENNIS > Therapeutic. Intense. Moody. Warm. Fuzzy. Its like an exorcism.
WormHound > Lets talk about your influences. I hear some NIN and QOTSA mixed in but your style is very unique. What artist or bands tickle your fancy?
DENNIS > I listen to a lot of Death Metal. I’m a metal head. Morbid Angel is probably my favorite band. But I also love artists like The Residents, PJ Harvey, Bryan Ferry, Iggy pop, Bowie, Nick Cave, the list goes on. I love soundtracks as well. I’m obsessed with music. It’s always on. The weirder, more extreme, the better. I get bored easily.
WormHound > What’s the last record you heard that really made an impact on you?
DENNIS > Portal – Outre
It’s a horrifying sound but If you’re willing, you will hear the inside of it. It might take about 15 or 20 listens though.
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
Devastating Bliss. Her voice drives me wild.
WormHound > Is there any artist you would want to collaborate with? If so, why?
DENNIS > PJ Harvey because she inspired me to do what I’m doing now. She’s one my favorite songwriters and to be in the same room with her is just amazing.
WormHound > Tell us the meaning behind the name Spirit In The Room.
DENNIS > Well.. To me Spirit in the Room is a distraction. Say if you’re in a room full of bullshit and you notice something beautiful out of nowhere.. Maybe it’s a plate of food. Maybe it’s a beautiful human. Maybe it’s a fly on the wall or a song on the radio. I dunno but it is a distraction from all that bores me.
WormHound > How does the writing process work for you?
DENNIS > I usually write on Bass or start with a beat and then build on it from there. Guitar is always last.
WormHound > On the records do you do it all or bring in other musicians?
DENNIS > I do it all.. Unless the drums are too difficult. then I’ll bring in a session drummer.
WormHound > What is your writing process for your lyrics? You seem to have very deep and meaningful words and story’s in your songs?
DENNIS > I write everything down. To be able to just type words into my phone at any time and then use them later is great. I like taking lines from movies as well. Writing lyrics, poetry or just scribbling words down everywhere is something that i really enjoy doing. It’s therapeutic for sure.
WormHound > You just released a new track titled “locked”, can you tell us a little about it?
DENNIS > LOCKED is an extremely personal song for me and it is something that needs to be played live. It’s harsh, violent, cocky offensive and defensive. Also sometimes physically painful to perform. I love it.
WormHound > What is the current set up for spirit in the room live?
DENNIS > It’s a 3 piece band. Bass, Guitars, vocals, synths and a drum machine.
WormHound > Who is currently in your live band?
DENNIS > Currently we have Karma Cheema on guitar And Darren Howard on keys and bass. Sometimes they switch off too. They’ve definitely played more shows with me than anyone else and I’ve learned a lot from them as well. Im really lucky to play with these guys.
WormHound > Your coming off a huge gig at the Musink Festival. How was it?
DENNIS > It was great! Deftones are like family to me. I grew up listening to them and now to be able to hang out, play music etc with them is really special. I’m grateful. Our set was awesome as well, there were no technical difficulties and nobody got hurt. A recap video of our performance entitled”There Will Be Recoil” is coming out this Wednesday.
WormHound > How did becoming friends with the Deftones come to be? Any chance of a collaboration?
DENNIS > We met through some mutual friends. Any chance of a collaboration? Ya never know.
WormHound > Did you catch any of snoop Dogg or Deftones?
DENNIS > Snoop played on a different day, It would’ve been cool to catch his set. I did watch Deftones though and they put on a great show as always. It was an all around good time. Plague vendor was great too. Check them out!
WormHound > If a story of the band Spirit In The Room was made who would narrate it?
DENNIS > Umm.. I dunno, Maybe my friends little girl. She’s 7 and from Louisiana. She has the cutest voice and accent. She’s awesome and her name is Aurora.
WormHound > You have been growing quite the reputation for your amazing live performances, how do you approach playing live?
DENNIS > Thank you! I really appreciate that. I just listen to good music to get the mood right. Dance around with friends. Cut up. Smoke a little, maybe a corona or 3. Shit like that. Just having a good time. Not being shy. Saying hi to people is important. I don’t care how dark and mysterious people think they are, it’s boring. I’m easy and I just love to perform.
WormHound > What can the folks in Santa Cruz expect to see on the 18th?
DENNIS > Well.. The last time I was there the place was smoked out! I love the smoke. So probably some smoke sessions. Loud guitars. Drinks etc. an all around great time!
WormHound > How did you get hooked up with Doors To No Where?
DENNIS > Great band. Great dudes. We played a show in Hollywood at this place called Loaded. They were cool down to earth dudes. No attitudes or anything awkward like that. We kept in touch and I’m completely grateful for their support.
WormHound > Are you familiar with any other Santa Cruz bands?
DENNIS > I am not. But I’m open to checking ’em out
WormHound > What is Next for Spirit In The Room?
DENNIS > Shows. Touring. Recording. You know the drill 🙂
The future for Spirit In The Room is very bright one. Coming off a huge show at Travis Barker’s MUSINK festival were they were handpicked by the DEFTONES to be a part of and a killer new track “Loaded” just released the band is making it’s move to the top. Dennis may have created a mythical creature but he is as real and down to earth as you can ask for. You need to catch Spirit In The Room in small intimate venues like the blue before it’s to late. You can brag later on that you were there. I for one cannot wait to see Spirit In The Room do its thing on March 18th. This should be an amazing night Doors To No Where always tear down the house. I asked Marc Lewis (Doors To No Where) why he they wanted Spirit In The Room to play with them and what he thought of the music. He simply responded by saying “Spirit In The Room is not something you can’t describe, it is something that experience and feel.” He added, “I was so blown away when we played with them in Hollywood, I felt it and knew we needed to get him up to SC.”
Make sure you all show up to the Blue Lagoon on Friday March 18th. Playing with Spirit In The Room and Doors to No Where is Bro-Magnon and Fires Fury.
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“So…Spirit In The Room are really pretty special. Occupying that weird and wonderful space between late 60s LA, The Doors, the Manson gang, EST, Hawkwind, Spiritualized and how the fog used to hang around Stonehenge when I was a kid, their sound is fuzzy and warm to the ear but with a really deliciously malevolent touch…really great stuff…”
-Steffan Charizi (editor of Metallica’s So What! magazine)