A little “post-punk, a lot of psychedelic, a little bit of krautrock and shoegaze.” If that splendid mix of music doesn’t pique your interest then there’s no hope for you. That’s how Fat Spirit guitarist Ian McQuary described their latest sound when we caught up with the band last year. The Richmond four-piece was just about to drop their album, “Nihilist Blues,” via Citrus City Records that April and since then, the guys have been busy putting their own spin on grunge and performing around town.
Oh yeah, they’ve also been in the studio quietly cooking up some good stuff for our souls. For your Monday afternoon listening pleasure, Fat Spirit has just dropped not one, but two new tracks through Citrus City.
The songs, “Cul De Sac” and Ace of Cups,” are just a little teaser of the band’s upcoming material slated to come out sometime in the fall.
On “Ace of Cups,” singer/guitarist John Graham said its all about the choices or in some cases, vices, that end up shaping our life in one way or another.
“There are many things you can give yourself over to: beers, Instagram, friendship, selfishness, love, capitalism, self-righteous anger. Every time you make a choice you pledge allegiance and those things own stock. The choices you make can own you, so choose wisely.”
“Cul De Sac” dives into the toll toxic friendships can have and the struggles that come with having to start over. “In the recent past, I found myself giving a lot of my energy to friends that needed help but left me half broken,” Graham said. “I was struggling to be there for people while experiencing broken trust and abuse. During this time we underwent a restructuring of our band that found us basically starting over. The song is about trusting your intuition in the wake of calamity and overcoming the self-doubt that can accompany starting from scratch.”
These two releases are part of a special run of cassingle tapes. Fat Spirit’s full-length album is slated to drop this October and the band plans to tour the East Coast to promote the record. Give them a listen and keep your eyes peeled for more on their forthcoming release.
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