Lyricist Michael Bingham explains, “it’s about walking into rooms full of people and tripping out on myself… tryin’ to come on strong like an earthquake but comin’ on like a little headache. I project my own self image onto social interactions and it really throws a wrench into my good times. We live in a gross, damaged country that promotes a culture of non-fulfillment, but everyone has these calculated images of themselves they want to project onto the world. I don’t blame anyone – it’s a product of the design.”
Hot on the heels of their breakout, debut EP ‘Mass Hysteria’, the band quickly grew to be Cali’s next underground must-see — earning them support spots with American Nightmare, Pissed Jeans and more. ‘Police State’ picks up where ‘Mass Hysteria’ left off.
Citing sources from early Dub influenced Clash, Blitz and The Modern Lovers – Spiritual Cramp exist in a strange vacuum somewhere between David Byrne’s oversized suit and a bar fight between a bunch of drunk goons on Polk Street in SF.
Hate for the police, the government, the status quo and himself are reoccurring themes in Bingham’s lyrics. The sounds borrow from the past, echoes of late 70’s / early 80’s working class rock and punk, which function on the upbeat, showcasing very bright guitars yet generating darker vocal rhythms and darker patterning.