Spirit Award

Locals Only Artist of the Month - August

August 1, 2018

Supported by Rainier Beer

Get to know our August Locals Only Artist of the Month, Spirit Award, and their new single "Supreme Truth."

Seattle based three-piece Spirit Award are known for their unique mix of sprawling stereo guitars, stunningly moody soundscapes and a driving drum and bass foundation. While Spirit Award are aptly capable of generating catchy psych moments, there seems to be no calculable formula to their writing style. Comprised of Daniel Lyon, Chris Moore and Terence Ankeny, the trio’s mutual goal in creating a sound with grit and authenticity is clearly evident throughout their music.

Following the success of their debut album Neverending, Spirit Award are ready for their next chapter with the highly anticiapted release of Muted Crowd. 

Produced by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), the release draws inspiration from Seattle - a changing city where musicians and artists are at a constant struggle to survive. Muted Crowd highlights the band’s signature style of expansive and enveloping soundscapes, offering an almost therapeutic quality. Ankeny admits, "Our influences have been pretty diverse lately - post punk, Krautrock and 70’s punk to name a few. I think we’re trying to achieve an amalgamation of different sounds of this one, more so than the last one. More of us swapping instruments and adding sounds and ideas we’ve never fully explored before". 

Leading single ’Supreme Truth’ points to influences of early New Order, Can and early Brian Eno, highlighting psych rock melodies and ethereal vocals. Thematically the single is based on the Japanese death cult “Aum Shinrikyo” lead by Shoko Asahara who recruited the rich to join his cult and carry out Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995. After becoming fascinated with cults, institutions and religions, the band sheds light on how it can be so easy to get lost in something when that’s all you’re surrounded by.

 ‘Microsleep’ gives Muted Crowd a dreamier quality, almost transcendental at times. Featuring a steady, pulsating rhythm section, reminiscent of early 60’s experimental rock, the single’s narrative stems from bouts of sleep deprivation. "I had a few nights where I would fall asleep for a little bit at a time and have some super vivid but short dreams. It brought me to the wonder if some of those dreams had meaning, or if my brain was trying to tell me something”, confides Lyon.  Lyrically ‘Microsleep’ ponders whether dreams have deeper, more spiritual meanings, or if it’s just our brains trying to decompress.  

‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ features jangly guitars, minimal instrumentation and a prominent bassline, emitting an emotive ambiance, whilst still packing an impact. With vocal sections dipped in effects that shape them more like an instrument, ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ is successful in changing the traditional sounds of a rock hit. The term “dark night of the soul” originates from the term used to describe what one could call a collapse of a perceived meaning in life - an eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaningless. Lyon reveals, "I came to see that a lot of people have built their lives in a way to never be satisfied. That we always need more things, new things, progress, innovation. It’s not all bad, but some of this ‘progress' has lead to things that do more damage than good (guns, bombs, poisons…) and for what? To protect?”. 

Spirit Award have found success receiving critical acclaim from tastemakers such as KEXP and Daytrotter, among others. The three-piece continue to enthrall audiences with the release of Muted Crowd due fall 2018.

Locals Only is supported by Rainier Beer