As a collective thought, SPICE’s self-titled debut album, out July 17th via Dais Records, diverts from a singular mood, tempo, or delivery, instead focusing on orchestrating emotional drain as single impulses—fast, slow, driving, simple, and layered—that coalesce in their machinations.
While they prepare for the release of ‘Spice,’ they’ve dropped the album’s third single 26 Dogs. The track traverses guitar-driven indie pop and call-to-action impulse while the band balances their urgency by interspersing violin melodies and layers, creating depth without oversaturating. 26 Dogs puts the intricacies of SPICE’s instrumental and lyrical prowess on full display. Watch the visualizer for 26 Dogs via YouTube below.
Featuring members of Ceremony and Sabertooth Zombie, SPICE’s sound pulls from the sense of melody and drive inherent to their hometown Bay Area pedigree, peppered with modernity and awash with an anthemic haze. The hook is in the connection as much as melody, with each song building its inner narrative and exploration of affliction. Honed over late nights at Panda Studios in Fremont, California with producer Sam Pura (Basement, The Story So Far, Self Defense Family), SPICE refined their debut release until it became a little world formed by what they refer to as “the power of groupthink.”
Sprinkled with field recordings—audio snapshots from the member’s every-day-lives—the record offers an intimate twist that builds on its theme of a single thread that connects everything with continuity, making it a single organism with as many depths as questions.
‘Spice’ is available for pre-order here and will be available on CD/LP/Digital formats on July 17th via Dais Records.
SPICE are Ross Farrar (vocals), Cody Sullivan (bass), Jake Casarotti (drums), Ian Simpson (guitar), and Victoria Skudlarek (violin). The entire band comes from the Bay Area (the Northbay to be exact). Most of the band resides in Santa Rosa, California, while Jake Casarotti lives in Rohnert Park and Ross Farrar lives in Los Angeles.