Sweet Spirit

Sweet Spirit

Dead Flowers, Bravo, Max!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10-$12

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!
Two months later, 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 Austins "next great rock band" and earned them a spot as the opener on 12 Midwest and West Coast Spoon tour dates.

Meanwhile, the band and McCarthy finished work on the band's full-length debut Cokomo, as well as a two song collaboration between them and Daniel, which became a limited edition 7" release that received praise from Stereogum, Consequence Of Sound, SPIN, and other outlets.

Cokomo is the perfect snapshot of where the band is right now: a confident blend of garage rock, glammy pop, bouncy soul, and Ellis out front, owning every song. Through the evolution of Sweet Spirit she's learned how to find her own voice while shining in the context of a supremely talented group - or, as Pop Press International put it, "the power of balancing autonomy with cooperation."
Cokomo comes out in Nine Mile Records on October 16. The band will be on tour in the U.S. through the end of the year.
Dead Flowers
Dead Flowers
The Dead Flowers are rolling. Their live performances these days are mighty and intense, gritty, straight-edged rock with heavy country undertones and a healthy nod to Texas blues, and they’re just getting started.

Something wild and indescribable happens when the Dead Flowers are onstage, and For You, their fan- funded (via Kickstarter), self-produced debut album, is a remarkable capturing of their tough, intensely satisfying live performances that serves up a polished, stand-alone listening experience all its own.

Solid contributions from every Dead Flowers member were deftly recorded and mixed by Jeffrey Charles Saenz at his Modern Electric Sound Recorders with enough finesse to produce a captivating record, and enough staying out of the way to avoid any studio-induced decoration that might have muddied the power and synergistic triumph of their individual performances. Very few overdubs and no instruments on the record that you don’t see onstage, were conscientious choices that reveal the sophisticated musicianship and rousing, nuanced arrangements dependably delivered in their live shows.

Dead Flowers’ seasoned players were assembled by lead singer and guitarist Corey Howe, who writes deceptively raw and gripping songs that slip on comfortably like the return of well-loved and long-lost friends. With a rare combination of humility, heart, and swagger Howe firmly holds center while, with a seasoned performer’s know-how, generously leaving each of his compadres room to contribute inspired complements.

The album title For You reflects Dead Flowers’ gratitude to their fans and an earnest attempt to deliver something both they and the band can be proud of for decades to come. Their debut signals the arrival of an outfit destined to make them favored sons of the Lone Star state.
Bravo, Max!
Bravo, Max!
The songs of bravo, max! reflect the power and beauty of suffering and redemption in deep imagery and simple rhyme. Each song ebbs and flows with a life that is almost human. Some are born of heartache, while others dig at the long healed scars of loves past, seeking fresh understanding. But each captures a sliver of truth; a reflection of humanity that is palpable and real. In lyrics, instrumentation, and performance, bravo, max! holds an understanding well beyond their young age(s).

It is this ability; the art of memorializing experiences in song, and bringing them to life that engages audiences and makes bravo, max! a band to remember. It is a rare quality shared by such distinguished songwriters as Paul Simon, Jeff Tweedy, Lyle Lovett and Randy Newman. Add to this an artisan style work-ethic, and a distinctive talent for building arrangements into organic musical sculpture, and so bravo, max! continues climbing the rungs of the up and comer band world, and turning heads at each stop.
Venue Information:
Three Links
2704 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://www.threelinksdeepellum.com