You don’t see a great deal of civility in the world these days, so it tends to stand out prominently when it’s present. As Sacred Spirits bassist Ben Lehman and I pick out a table in the back room of Sidewinder Coffee in Northside for our interview, Lehman quickly checks with our table neighbor, who is working intently on her laptop, to make sure our conversation won’t interfere with her concentration.
That same civility was in place last summer when guitarist Josh Kufeldt felt the pull of a very different creative muse and parted company with his bandmates in nationally acclaimed local Indie Pop faves Pomegranates to begin working on a project he christened Sacred Spirits. After doing some recording in Brooklyn with Nick Stumpf, Kufeldt returned to Cincinnati and assembled Sacred Spirits as an actual band, starting with Lehman, who Kufeldt had met on his last Pomegranates tour.
“I was in the van with them on the road, but just as a friend,” Lehman says. “Josh and I had a number of conversations about starting up projects then.”
Kufeldt enlisted Lehman, the pair learned the songs from the New York demos and Sacred Spirits began playing shows in the area. The addition of drummer Sam Cowan solidified not just the lineup but also the very nature of the band.
Sacred Spirits and Pop Empire present a joint release show (and launch party for The Recording Label) Friday at the Southgate House with guests We Are Hex and The Kickaways. Go here to read Brian Baker's full interview.