Spirits Republic at Twin Kegs II
Funky. Weird. Psychedelic. Groovy. Heavy. Challenging. Experimental rock group Spirits Republic encompasses all of these traits, and Nashville Offbeat was delighted to get to see them play. The band jammed their way through an amazing set at Twin Kegs II on July 8th, giving all in attendance a true taste of the "offbeat."
"Start off weird," said frontman Russell Somer, and so the set began with vocals over a funky drum beat. Guitar and bass soon followed, adding groove and discordant melodies to a chill, yet driving tune. The bands sound gave us hints of various influences, with stylings reminiscent of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy Pop, and The Mars Volta, with a bit of grunge, a la Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. Gliding easily through bountiful time and feel changes, these talented musicians held their audience captive with their unique song structures.
The band finished their set with a stellar jammy song, but Nashville Offbeat's favorite was the one just before it. The way the music moved through each member of the trio was fascinating and immensely fun to watch. The song opened with the focus on drummer Taylor Willingham as he played a tom pattern with mallets, creating a huge, open sound that engulfed the room. Bassist Ricky DeMeo entered with an intricate riff that highlighted his well-honed technique and sense of rhythm. Just as the listener was ready for movement, in came a guitar solo from Russell that opened up into a final jam to bring everyone home.
Sprirts Republic is currently recording an LP that is projected to be released in early Fall of this year. If you're into experimental, funky, offbeat sounds, and you like getting a little weird, you'll really enjoy these guys! Follow them on Facebook to find out more about what they're up to!