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Spires happens to be an exceptional batch of recordings, an accomplished, lush group of pop songs worthy of any of the band's influences. The music leaves a strong emotional impression while simultaneously inviting a listener's own interpretation of Sharp's lyrics. Rather than offer an expository rendering of a distinctive experience, Sharp's words are impressionistic and don't attempt to impose meaning. "I think the lyrics, in a way, are mimicking the music," says Sharp. "It's a wash, not a linear, direct sort of thing. I've always been turned off by that sort of concrete-meaning thing. Even listening to music, it's hard for me to relate to that sort of lyrical approach."
For all the conventional gorgeousness of the music, Spires still considers itself a noisy band, but this may be because of its experience playing small stages, like Yellow Feather Coffee, where physical copies of the new recording will be available this week. "As far as the music goes," Lueck offers, "it's going to be noisy anyway, so there's not going to be that pristine characteristic that you can achieve in one place that we're going for."
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"It always sounds weird up on a stage, because it's totally isolated from what the audience is hearing," concludes Sharp. "That's another reason why I like small venues. Most of the time you're standing almost in the middle of the room, there's no stage, and you're hearing exactly what everyone else is hearing, for the most part."
With such a massive and immediately engaging sound, you get the sense that these guys aren't going to be playing small rooms for much longer.
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