Genre: Indie Rock / New Wave
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Influences: Magazine, Wire, Joy Division
Sounds Like: Interpol, Blonde Redhead, Autolux
In 2007, Greg Andresen recruited his brother Tim to drum on some home recordings he’d been working on, in which he experimented with using a bass guitar more like its six-string counterpart. From that simple idea, Greater Sirens was born.
Deciding they could benefit from a conventional electric bass sound to anchor Greg’s more chordal playing style, Greg taught old high school friend Matt Whitbred to play bass. Nastaran Amini, another friend, joined the band on keys, though she left in 2013 and was replaced by Bobby Savre. After an ad at a local music store led to the addition of guitarist Steve Taylor in 2009, the group was set.
Food For Your Spirit is Greater Sirens’ new single. Somewhat of a departure from their 2018 debut album, Unnatural Causes, it’s actually one of the band’s oldest unreleased songs. Reworked and updated with their current instrumentation and creative sensibilities, the song is driven by a playful toy-keyboard melody, and layered with dynamic guitar and eerie synths. The main highlight of this instrumental track, though, is an attention grabbing sample of a rambling televangelist recorded from TV around 15 years ago. The song serves to support and enhance the emotions of the preacher’s sermon, while neither endorsing nor condemning his message.