The River Cult Interview

Super pumped to catch up a bit with the boys of River Cult who are making some noise out of Brooklyn with their record “Halcyon Daze.” The record is out today and the boys were kind enough to tell us a bit about it. So thank you, Sean Forlenza (Guitar/Vocals),
Anthony Mendolia (Bass) and Tav Palumbo (Drums) for taking the time to do this!

WH: First off, congratulations on the album!! It’s a very impressive debut. You mind telling us a little on how the writing process went?

Sean: Thanks! Basically one of us comes in with a riff, or a partially finished song, and then we all work together to complete it. We always try to record while we write, and then listen back before the next rehearsal. Sometimes things spontaneously come together perfectly during a section we are just jamming on, so we go back and try to recreate it, perfect it, and then set it in stone for the final version. The lyrics and vocal melodies usually come much later once the music is totally done.

WH: How WH: did the title “Halcyon Daze” come to be and what is the meaning behind it?

SeanIts a pun on the phrase, “halcyon days,” which refers to a sort of, “golden time period,” of the past, implying that things were much better then than now. I believe this to be a flawed way of thinking and serves to distract people from dealing with the present, and puts them in a sort of dazed state. The song, “Halcyon Daze,” touches this subject, but is more specifically about constantly seeing shocking and violent images from far away places in the media and the disorientation that it causes the viewer. In the song, the protagonist starts to question the reality around him and feels he can’t trust what he is seeing in the news anymore because it is so starkly different than his immediate situation that he cannot relate to it at all.

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WH: The Sophist is probably my favorite track off the album. You mind telling us a little about the lyrics and how you approach writing your lyrics?

Sean: Thanks, that was a tricky one to put together! We had a lot of ideas going on but were finally able to refine them into something that flowed. “Sophistry,” was an ancient Greek school of so called philosophers that would use fallacious and deceitful rhetoric in order to win arguments. True philosophers of the time, like Socrates and Plato, spoke against the sophists because they valued deceitful rhetoric over truth. The song, “The Sophist,” is comparing that idea to people who talk way too much and argue about things they don’t really know, simply for the joy of winning arguments. As for my approach with lyrics, I start by just singing random words at rehearsal to get the vocal melody and structure together, and then I think about different themes and slowly start writing the lyrics. Its kind of a long process that I can’t rush, even though our lyrics are sparse.

WH: Likelihood Of Confusion is another strong song. Can you tells a little bit how that song came to be?
Sean: Anthony came in with the main, opening riff of that one and then we all started working on it together. We finished it pretty quickly.. one of those riffs that kind of writes itself. For the long, spacey ending, we were originally thinking of it as a segue for a live set to flow into the next song seamlessly, and ended up keeping it that way for the album because we really liked it. Its a lot of fun to just space out on that part and lay it on thick. The lyrics are about sobriety being boring and just waiting to get lifted.. basically, haha. Its meant in more of a playful way though, ant not about about serious addiction, like the last track, “Point of Failure.” The title is actually a term in copy-write law, the likelihood of confusion of two things with the same name. I thought it was funny to think of it in the context of getting stoned or something.. the likelihood of lighting up and throwing it all into confusion!
WH: You guys use dynamics really well to shape your songs. Is that something you try for or does it just happen naturally? 
Sean: A little bit of both. Its something that happens naturally because we use pedals as part of our songwriting, and kicking on a fuzz or cutting it, or switching between two different dirt pedals on a dime, all adds to dynamics and happens naturally as we write. That being said, we also have moments where we are like, okay.. this part goes on too long with the same vibe, how can we switch it up? And sometimes instead of adding a new riff or section, dropping out or kicking it up can add the new element we were looking for. We much prefer to use dynamic changes like this in our songwriting as opposed to making something overly complex and adding too many notes. Its more about trying to capture a feeling or a vibe.
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WH: The tones on “Halcyon Daze” are stellar. What kind of gear are you all using?  

 

Sean: I’m playing a heavily modified ’02 Les Paul R8 though a Cornford MK100 and an Orange PPC412. I used a ton of pedals on the album.. so I may be missing a few: Swollen Pickle fuzz, MASF Wata Fuzz, CAE Overdrive/Boost, CAE Wah, Earthquaker Devices Disaster Transport analog delay, and Boss CE-2W, DM-2W, RV-3 and DD3. I also used a Death by Audio Echo Master for some of the vocal tricks.

 

Anthony: I play a 91 Gibson Thunderbird through an Orange ob1-500 head into an old ampeg 8×10 cab. I run a couple pedals including a black arts toneworks pharaoh fuzz, blackout effectors whetstone phaser and a boss rv-3.

WH: What do you hope listeners get out of Halcyon Daze?
Sean: We are just hoping people put it on and really get into it. We wrote and arranged the album in a way so that it flows and takes the listener on a trip. We are really just writing music we would want to listen to ourselves, so I hope others feel the same way. We just want people to sit back and dig it!

WH: Which one track off “Halcyon Daze” is your favorite to play live?

Sean: I’d have to say, “Point of Failure.” I really love playing the trippy, repetitive ending and getting really lost in it and then exploding into the loud, heavy riff from the chorus in the beginning of the song. Its a killer way to end a set. I also really like singing that one.
Anthony:  Also Point of Failure. It’s just a real fun song to play and has a great vibe.
Tav: All that droning on the toms makes the title track a fun one for me, also probably the most exhausting.
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WH: Speaking of playing live, are you guys planning on doing any  touring?

 

Sean: Nothing solid right now but we are planning on focusing on playing outside of the NYC area and doing a string of shorter tours. We would also love to be able to book something in Europe, but that is a long term goal at this point. 

WH: What sort of approach do you all take to your live performances?

Sean: We try to weave all the songs in the set together with either just one break without pause. Sometimes this happens naturally with the way the songs are written, or we have to change a thing or two to make it work. I think its much more impactful to present a set this way, given the dynamics of our music. We also try to play as loud as the venue lets us! Much to the sound person’s chagrin.

WH: How long have you all been together?

 

Sean: We formed around August of 2015, so about 2 1/2 years.

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WH: Tell us how the name River Cult came to be?

Sean: We just kept bouncing ideas off of each other and ended up with it. I’ve always had a sort of obsession with rivers so I wanted that to be in the name. NYC is obviously separated by rivers, and my friends jokingly talk about having to schlep across two rivers just to see each other. “I came two rivers for this?!”

WH: Who are some of your biggest influences and why?

Sean: So obviously Sabbath/Sleep, etc. I also really love how Boris structures their songs and take a big influence from Wata. But for my guitar playing I love Keiji Haino, Daniel Ash, Robert Smith, Michio Kurihara and Takashi Mizutani just to name a few in a broad spectrum. John Coltrane has also had a life changing impact on me. Lyrically I’m more inspired by literature, but I love how Bobby Liebling sings and the subject matters he touches upon.

Tav: Jaki Liebezeit and Dale Crover are some of my favorite drummers. I think they represent two ends of the spectrum I try to draw from; from heavy handed flams and pounding to tight trance inducing repetitious grooves.
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River Cult’s record release show for  “Halcyon Daze” will be at the Sunnyvale in Brooklyn with Somnuri & Aux Era on March 15th. I would like to thank them for taking the time to chat with us. You can head here and buy yourself a copy of “Halcyon Daze” and checkout our review of it here. 
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HARD HITTING HEMI

A heavy metal Juggernaut looms

  

Out in Chicago Illinois a three-piece metal trio Hemi is making it’s mark. The Bands recent release “Undivided Intentions” is a classic early 90’s throwback with plenty power, passion and fuel.  The trio which is lead by, Trent Zuberi,(Vocals/Bass), along with Mike Cieplik (drums) and Tim Wilkens (guitar) should be very proud of “Undivided Intentions.” The 6 track EP is full of bad ass riffs and an assault of classic thrash metal. The EP is very well produced and shows off the bands skills. “Larry’s Song” is a stand out track for me on the EP. Zuberi vocals remind of Fear’s Lee Ving while Wilkens drops the tasteful shred on guitar.  Hemi defiantly takes me back to my early years blasting thrash mix tapes on my walkman skateboarding around the bay area. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Hemi front man Trent to lean more about the band.

WORM – Trent, Thanks for doing this. Could you tell me a bit about how Hemi got started?

TRENT-  HEMI was always a band of friends coming together to create something. The band was initially formed by 3 great friends from high school who just decided “why not?” I’ll never forget our original bassist, and the guy I always credit as the founder of the band, Paul Paulin who, after a night of cruising around listening to old classic rock albums turned to me and who would become the original guitarist, Erik Alvarez and said “we should form a band.” The cool thing is that none of us really had any idea what we were doing, we just threw the idea at the wall and took it from there. Looking back it all really sounds so innocent. I could never imagine that 13 years later I’d be sitting anywhere even answering a question about how it all happened. But thats some of the most fun of the entire ride, that initial innocence and unknown territory of seeing what becomes of it all.

  

WORM –  How does the song writhing process work for you guys?

Well what I realized ever since going to a 3-piece lineup was that the writing process got dramatically easier. I guess the less people to worry about composing the better! Haha.  We do an open jam where our guitarist, Tim will riff around anything he has in mind and myself and our drummer Gup will follow in. We build on it and if I begin to hear something take shape I have us steer into the direction of what would be a verse riff/measure. Once we establish at least an idea of that I’ll have them play it repeatedly while I begin to write lyrics. Once I have at least a verse or two down we build to the next stages.

Now the interesting element with us is that we have another very talented guitarist named Sean Turnbull or Pterodactyl King that performs live with us. He also sits in and joins for collaborations when possible as well. As much as I am trying to work out him being an official member, in the meantime he is open to writing with us. He and Tim performed in a previous band together so their synergy is completely on point so you can imagine how easily guitar work comes together on days Sean is there to add his elements.

WORM – What is your favorite song to play live?

Hands down my favorite is our opener, Nevermore. Its such a great burst of energy that just sets the mood for the night. I love it because it really gets me rolling and every other song after that is feeding off the energy it gave me in the opening.

  

WORM – Tells us the meaning behind the title “Undivided Intentions?”

 I have to answer this I have to say how happy I am you asked this! The meaning behind it actually is deeper than just something that essentially sounded cool and something that Tim and I closely thought about when we were putting everything together after it was recorded. The interesting thing about each and every track on this album is that it deals with a mood or feeling. From a personal level as I wrote the lyrics for them, they all came from a very tough period in my life. Each one is an expression of a basic human emotion that say the “lead character” of the album felt with the underlying tone being that of death.

For example the tracks all follow the feelings of: Thought, Act, Regret, Struggle, Acceptance, and Reclaim. The “character” goes through a wave where he thinks of bringing death upon someone, actually killing them, regretting it, struggling with his demons, accepting his fate and who he really is and then ending with him embracing who he was truly meant to be.

It’s a bit dark but what I am most proud of is that it all made sense. Each of the 6 songs was another chapter in this character’s life during one of the hardest periods he had and it flows so well.

  

WORM – Does Undivided Intentions represent the idea of getting your head straight?

You know I never thought about it until you asked this question but I think in a way it really is. Of course the story arc of the entire thing is a bit amplified for the character in it but from a personal point of view I think it really became a therapeutic outlet for me to get things in order. Each song represented an eccentric expression of my feelings at the time and the various stages of them so starting at the “Thought” stage and making it to the “Reclaim” stage of it was a way for me to come full circle.

WORM – How did the recording process for the album go?

Smooth as I could ever ask for! We had the greatest producer I have ever come across in all my years in this business, AJ Kolar of TAG Music Studios leading the charge at the board and he made the experience so incredibly fun that at the end of it we were almost bummed we only had an EP’s worth of material that we were laying down! Haha. He has officially joined the HEMI family as our go to producer for anything we do going forward (including the upcoming MotorHemi release) and we couldn’t be happier. Combine that with the fact that Tim has an incredible ear for composure so he caught all sorts of things that people like me would never even catch or notice. He was able to find several areas to improve and enhance each and every measure of that album to truly give us the best finished product.

Whats funny is that he and I clashed a few times when I was just ready to release and he kept finding things to improve which I was initially frustrated at but after stepping back and letting him do his thing I couldn’t be happier with what came of it. We laugh about it now in that I’m glad he was so OCD about it because it only made for a better finished product.

  

WORM –  How did Tim Wilkens find his way into Hemis guitar duties?

Tim’s connection to HEMI is a fun one. I actually met him at work through a friend and we came to learn he had a band (the one previously mentioned that he was in with Sean Turnbull) who needed a rehearsal studio. The two bands got to be friends and they moved in to share the space and whatnot. Down the line that band was having some trouble keeping things going and at the same time our second guitarist was departing so it was natural enough for me to ask him to come and sit in with us to see if we all clicked. We did and the rest is history.

WORM – What bands have had the biggest impact on you?

For me personally it always comes down to Iron Maiden, Manowar, Anthrax, Metallica and DIO. My writing and composure always has elements of my influences from those bands.

WORM – What are your top 5 albums?

Wow this is a hard one! Alright if I have to narrow it to just 5 I’ll go with:

Manowar – Gods of War

Rex – Electric Warrior

Dio – Holy Diver

Ramones – Rocket to Russia

Judas Priest – Angel of Retribution

  

WORM –  Vocally, who are some of your influences?

Style-wise I absolutely love Lemmy and Tom Araya. I love that tone that Lemmy has on his voice which I try to do in my own perspective and Tom is the best when it comes to a bassist who never overpowers his guitars but then also is the perfect narrator. He doesn’t have the best voice by any means but he intrigues the listener to come along for the ride. Heroically, even though I will never sound anything like them, Ronnie James Dio and Eric Adams of Manowar to me are the two greatest metal vocalists/frontmen of all time.

WORM –  Any underground bands I should be checking out?

I think if you asked every member of HEMI who our personal favorite underground band is we would all answer with Sacred Monster. I always like to refer to them as HEMI’s best friend band. We absolutely love those guys not only because they are some of the coolest dudes around but also because they are simply such a remarkable band. We played one show with them where we all met about 2 1/2 years ago and hit it off immediately. Definitely listen to them, you won’t be disappointed.

  

WORM –  What is next for Hemi?

 Well we just had our first session for what is going to be a special commemorative tribute release to Lemmy called MotorHemi: A Tribute to Lemmy that will include two Motorhead tracks; Deaf Forever and In the Black. We are really excited about that. We also have a show on April 8th at The Burlington in Chicago and then a live on air radio performance for 88.3 The Wizard here in Chicago this coming summer.

In between all that we are planning some tour stretches and marketing all of our new merch including, our very own Hot Sauce which has gotten the most amazing response we could ask for! Mostly though we always stay busy one way or another. This band has been around for 13 years this June and despite all the lineup changes and setbacks we have always found a way to persevere and continue to create new avenues and 2016 will be no different.

WORM –  I have to ask, Hemi Hot Sauce? How did this come to be?

 This is a random one isn’t it? HaHa. Well this business is all about being different what we can do to not only set ourselves apart but also attempt to monetize that to a degree. We figured that a hot sauce would really set us apart from any other band on the independent scene so we went forward with it. One of out former guitarists, MrMaD, who is a pretty badass cook by the way, mentioned maybe doing one years ago but we never really acted on it. Fast forward a bit and we were playing a gig in Wisconsin where this awesome chef catered the entire night for the bands and he had his own amazing blend of BBQ sauce. He offered to do it for us but it was more of a casual thing however it got us thinking about the hot sauce idea again. We came back and Tim & I discussed seriously doing it for the band and I found a company to produce it to our specs and just a few short weeks later, HEMI’s Soultaker Hot Sauce was born! I’m so proud to say that the response from the fans (and even non-fans) has been overwhelmingly amazing. Not only is it delicious but it helped spark more interest in our music from people who normally wouldn’t have listened before.

  

WORM –  It’s safe to say Lemmy and Motorhead had an impact on you, tell us a bit more about MotorHemi?

 So the MotorHemi project came to be pretty easily. We have always been huge Motorhead fans and after Lemmy’s untimely passing a few months back Tim proposed the idea of doing a couple of MotorHead covers as a tribute to him. HEMI has only done one cover in the past which was Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence, in a metalized way but we never formally released it so the idea of finally doing one that was more up our alley was intriguing, especially since it would release with enough time to hold over until our next formal album. We ran the idea by our artist, Ryan Foster and within a day he had artwork ready! We can’t wait for you all to see it!


HEMI LINKS

http://www.hemimusic.com


http://www.facebook.com/hemimusic


http://www.twitter.com/hemimusic


http://www.youtube.com/hemimusictelevision 


Doors To No Where’s Marc Lewis

Marc checks in to discuss D2N’s hometown show this Friday 

  
A band you need to check out is Doors To No Where out of Santa Cruz California. The trio which features Marc Lewis (Guitar Vocals), Sean O’Kelly (Bass) and Pete Testorff (drums) has been deliver the goods for quite some time now and have 2 albums under their belt. The latest effort “Lucky You” has been in constant rotation for me since it’s release. I have gone on record saying that D2N is one of the best bands have scene live in a long time. They come out with a know nonsense attitude and just do what they love and that’s play music. Your not gonna see any cliché rock star moves or stage cheese. Your not going to get some ego driven a-holes posing in band pics trying to look bad ass with the stereo typical flask or cigarette. You’re simply going to get bad ass rock n roll and killer guitar riffs. In the bay area this is a breath of fresh air. I wish more bands would just come out and play and leave the rock star crap at home! One thing that I have been really impressed with Doors To No Where is how they support other bands. This can be directly attributed to D2N’s front man and leader Marc Lewis. D2N has a big show Friday (3/18/16) in their hometown Santa Cruz at the Blue Lagoon with Spirit In The Room, Bro-Magnon and Fires Fury. I literally cannot wait for this show. When I got word I Immediately reached out to Marc in hopes of doing a cover story on D2N leading up to the show. His response was, “I really want to introduce Santa Cruz to “Spirit In The Room” and support them. Instead of getting the attention on himself and his own band he wanted to support his friends in Spirit In The Room. Well, thank you Marc for turning me on to Dennis Sanders and Spirit In The Room, I’ve been digging that bands music and am very excited to check them out live on Friday. This is not the first time Marc has turned me onto bands other then Doors To No Where. He has turned me onto “You Know Who, Year Of The Cobra, and Against The Grain. He has also makes sure I’m caught up on what’s going on with SC legends BL”AST!. It’s killer to know that some bands still support each other and help to build the scene up. It’s very rare you find a musician so supportive and loyal to others. So, having said all this I have forced Marc to do a little interview with me before the big show on Friday.

  
WormHound> Marc, Thanks for doing this! Are you ready to talk about Doors To No Where?

Marc > No problem dude. I’m happy to chat. Thanks for all the support.

WormHound > Are you ready for Friday? What can we expect for D2N?

Marc > You can expect to have a good night at the good ole Blue in downtown SC. We have a great mix of music. Bro-Magnon is going to bring the party rock and I think people are going to be really impressed and blown away with what Spirit In The Room brings. I’m stoked to check out Fire’s Fury and we in D2N are goona have fun and do our thing. Got some old tunes, new tunes and loud guitars.
 

WormHound> You mentioned new tunes.. Does that mean a new album soon? 

Marc > D2N will have new music out very soon. I’ve been in a major writing mode and am really excited about what we have been creating.
  

WormHound > How do you approach live performances?

Marc > I just want to have fun and play my songs. The three of us in D2N really trust each other and can just go for it live. Balls to the walls. A lot of the time when we play live I just slip into the music and space out on it. Playing music is my church and sanctuary. It’s great when the crowd is into it and feeding the energy but I’m always going to play my guitar like I mean it and have fun doing it.

  

WormHound > Tell us about Spirit In The Room.

Marc > I can’t. I don’t have words for it. You need to experience it. Defiantly one of the best live performances I have seen was when we played with them in Hollywood. I really respect what they do. I’m really looking forward to playing with them again and hope to do more shows together in the future. Do yourself a favor and check them out! Spirit In The Room are pros and unlike anything you have heard before. 
  

WormHound > What is your favorite D2N song to play live?

Marc > Right now I would say it’s a newer song called Burn. Pete absolutely kills it on drums through out the whole song. It has a tripped out little guitar riff that has a dirty groove going on.

WormHound > Who would you say is your biggest influence on guitar?

Marc > Oh man. There is so so many. It’s imposable to pick one. I would say that Paige, Angus, Pygmie, Mustaine, Fruciante, Peter Green and early QOTSA Homme and Kyuss Homme are brilliant. And of course the master Iommi! I could go on and on.

WormHound > How about vocal influences?

Marc > Again, the list is huge. I don’t really think of myself as a singer but I do have fun with it and know my voice is far from pretty. I always go back to Zeppelin, Sabbath and Kyuss. But I also grew up in the grunge era and was heavily influenced by the likes of Staley, Cornell, Weiland and Vedder. I always gotta give Idol and Bowie love. Bon Scott is one of the greatest!

WormHound > You have introduced me to some great bands, what new bands are you digging?

Marc > Well… Mother Crone! In my mind they are the best new heavy band out there. We are stoked to be playing some dates with them in April as part of their tour. Brume, out of SF will also be a part of that and they rock. You also need to check out Red Desert and War Drum! Lowrider is got new music on its way and I’m sure it will rock.
  

WormHound > What is next for Doors To No Where?

Marc > Friday March 18th at the Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz! Come hang out with us! We will be in San Jose at the Back Bar Sofa on March 26th thanks to our friend’s Barren land Productions. That is going to be a great show with a solid line up. That show will feature MK Ultra, The Randy Savages and Old School Analog. Also on the bill is Drain who I’m really excited to see. I’m hearing great things about them. They look like they might be the next big punk band out of SC.
  
After that we have those dates with Mother Crone and Brume that will be rocking. Announcements about that will be coming real soon.
  
In June we will be hitting the road with our good buddies You Know Who on the Bloody Mary Tour! Get ready for that!!
  
WormHound > Thanks again for doing this, anything else you want people to know about Friday?

Marc > No No No! Thank You for all the support! As far as Friday goes, come on out peeps. Enjoy the music and if you get thirsty enjoy an adult beverage. We are very pumped to be playing with Bro-Magnon and fires fury again. We are also honored to be able to bring Spirit In The Room to Santa Cruz!

 DOORS TO NO WHERE LINKS.            

BAND CAMP = doorstonowhere.bandcamp.com/releases 

FACEBOOK = https://www.facebook.com/Doors-To-No-Where-343458506915/

TWITTER = @doorstonowhere

INSTAGRAM = @doors_to_no_where

WEBSITE = DOORSTONOWHERE.com

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dennis Sanders and his Beautiful Creature Spirit In The Room.  

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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.

<Recap Video>



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.
 
SPIRIT IN THE ROOM LINKS
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spiritintheroomsounds

Instagram: http://instagram.com/spiritintheroom

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/spirit-in-the-room

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpiritintheRoom

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/spiritintheroom1

Bandcamp: https://spiritintheroom.bandcamp.com/
 
 
“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)
 

  
 

Only Bowie

  

 

Only Bowie could go out through his art. The mythical white duke always was an artist and even through death he was able to turn his last days into music. The haunting videos that he recently released off his latest album Blackstar are truly a parting gift for the world and his fans. Only Bowie could turn cancer   Into something somehow beautiful . The man never had fear. The man never stopped being an artist. There can only be one David Bowie and he will be surely missed. 

Only Bowie

  

 

Only Bowie could go out through his art. The mythical white duke always was an artist and even through death he was able to turn his last days into music. The haunting videos that he recently released off his latest album Blackstar are truly a parting gift for the world and his fans. Only Bowie could turn cancer   Into something somehow beautiful . The man never had fear. The man never stopped being an artist. There can only be one David Bowie and he will be surely missed. 

Rest Easy Scott Weiland

Rock N Roll recently lost one of their true icons. Scott Weiland is the voice behind some of the biggest rock songs from the 90’s and 2000’s. Even though I grew up listening to punk rock and metal I’m not gonna hide the fact that the grunge era played a large part in the soundtrack of my life. Along with STP bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains are still in regular rotation for me. It really was a magical era for music if you think about it. Good luck finding bands today that can match up to those bands. That era gave us Vedder, Cornell, Staley and of course Cobain. Scott Weiland belongs right up there with those other 90 voices. Stone Temple Pilots debut album Core is one of the best rock albums of all time. The band then followed with purple which dominated MTV airwaves with hits like Vasoline and Interstate Love Song. The true magic that Weiland possessed was live performances. STP was one of those bands that was so great live! On stage Weiland was larger then life. Maybe it was his only place he truly felt free and at ease. It’s no secret that he struggled with addiction. It’s also no secret that he suffered internally immensely. I’m sad for his family and especially his kids. Im also sad that no more music from Weiland will be given to the world. Rest easy Scott! Thanks for all the songs that made connections with me. Thanks for providing some of the greatest live performances I’ve ever witnessed. 

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