The eclectic psych-rock outfit live and breathe on kaleidoscopic soundscapes.
All Photographs by Ekaterina Gorbacheva (@ekaterinagorbacheva.art) at the
Lodge Room in Los Angeles on June 18, 2022:
With 2020's Cadets arriving with critical acclaim, Oregon's Spirit Mother started off their rise through the stoner/doom metal ranks on the right foot and their recent trek with Blackwater Holylight put the debut album's breadth on a pedestal. We were there on the warm Saturday evening of June 18th to capture the majesty of Cadets at Highland Park's iconic Lodge Room.
No doom metal or psych-rock show is complete without enthralling sights and visually, Tj Engler built off of the musical psychedelics to deliver oozing projections that immerse you entirely as the slow-burning Spirit Mother ripped onward. They're the vivid companion you need to complete the comprehensive spell that is a Spirit Mother show.
Despite the many moving parts of their compositions, Armand Lance (vocals, bass), SJ (violin, vocals), Sean McCormick (guitar), and Landon Cisneros (drums) play in harmony and their stage persona radiates an infectious joy. Though only one album in, this is a band mature in their craft, commanding every inch of a stage as standouts like the awe-inspiring Ether reign on and unfold with new layers on the Lodge Room stage. Every smile and rhythmic head nod among the band's ranks is sure sign of a great time being had while unloading track after track of an otherwise mind-bending affair.
Psych-rock and the psychedelic music arena as a whole can sometimes be written off as monotonous for the stagnant nature of usually long songs; however, Spirit Mother, like a few of their counterparts, do right by the genre through a shape-shifting approach to their compositional tendencies. Violins are injected into their formula and integrate well into the entirety of the awe-inspiring scope of a track like the aforementioned Ether. as well as several others that excel in atmospheric bliss. Those soothing flourishes are remarkable, even if brief, among the fuzzing and buzzing guitars that stem from McCormick's Fender. Other Cadets staples, including some from the band's 2021 live record, Spirit Mother – Live In The Mojave Desert Volume 3, made this one setlist a true pleasure to photograph.
Keep your eyes peeled for more on Spirit Mother in the coming months and enjoy a photo gallery of the full show below. Check out all things Spirit Mother HERE.