Sweet Spirit

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Sweet Spirit

The 1910 Chainsaw Company

Fri, May 18, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:15 pm

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Sweet Spirit - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
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. Ellis assembled a 9-piece band, cherry-picking her favorite players around town, and began recording their debut EP with producer Mike McCarthy. Their explosive and dynamic live shows became the talk of the town. Within six months they had gotten noticed by one of Austin's most famous musical residents, Britt Daniel of Spoon.

Less than a year 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 Austin's "next great rock band" and earned them a spot as the opener on a Midwest and West Coast Spoon tour.

Now after two successful full-length records (2015's "Cokomo" and 2017's "St. Mojo") and countless North American tour dates, the band is back in the studio working on LP #3 with GRAMMY-winning engineer Stuart Sikes.
The 1910 Chainsaw Company - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
The 1910 Chainsaw Company
With your eyes closed, 1910 Chainsaw Company could fool you into believing you've been transported to another time. If you've ever had a dream where there is a tidal wave coming for you, and you woke just in the nick of time with a sense of relief, then you are aware of the sounds of Chainsaw's sweet little melodies. If you've ever had the thought to paint everything in your bedroom all one color - I mean everything - then you can imagine a red radiator suddenly making sense with a red teddy bear; and if you can imagine this, then you can imagine how it would make sense to want to hear another of front man Rob Perry's songs, even though he's just finished playing one. A love for the vintage style psychedelic pop music inspires a lightness like hydrogen; dissipating from something you know to something you can't get a grip on. Some people regret not having documented more moments in their lives with pictures or diaries. Well, when you put on a Chainsaw record, or see them play live, all of that regret goes away for just that short amount of time. As the Bible says, "Blessed is the Fruit of thy Loom", and those words are meant to praise that second pair of undies you keep handy to put on after creaming your first pair at the sounds and sights of 1910 Chainsaw Company.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/