INTERVIEW: Spirit Houses

Hi Mike, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?  

I’ve been busy! Life is wild right now but I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything is pretty damn good at the moment. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nightmare Every Night”?

This is one of the first songs I wrote for the record. It’s about the first day my ex and I starting packing up our house and were dividing our things into separate boxes. It was just excruciatingly painful for us both. Starting a new life apart and coping with that crushing loneliness. Also, the unhealthy coping mechanisms that followed. 

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes. All you hear in that song is truth.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I chose Central Park as the main location because I’ve had so many iconic events in my life happen there. I kept having these crazy dreams about passing the person I love in the street, park or the train. We are total strangers to each other and just walk right past. This happened me in real life at an alkaline trio show a few months back and that inspired the video.

The single comes off your new album Two Passing Ships – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s about two ships in the night sailing right past each other. Two people missing the mark. Reaching in the dark. 

Was this always intended to be an acoustic record or how did that come about?

I actually intended it to be nothing but acoustic but Brett and I got really weird in the studio and just did what we felt. It ended up with a little bit of everything on it. My country influences, my punk rock influences, just everything. 

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote it in the winter of 2018. I had just moved into my new apartment by myself and was really fucked up emotionally and totally drained. It just came out real naturally for me. I recorded it with Brett Romnes at Barber Shop studios in NJ. He’s been a best friend and bandmate ( IATA)  of mine for 15 years. I slept at the studio and we worked 14 hour days. It was very cathartic and amazing for me. Bless that man for his patience and grace. I probably wasn’t the easiest person to work with at the time. 

Would you call this a total departure from your previous work?

Absolutely. I’m a punk rock musician through and through. 

What made you want to explore the darkest corners of your life?

I needed to do something with all those fucked up feelings or I would have gone a lot deeper in that hole I dug myself into. I wanted to be truthful with myself. I needed an outlet. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The pain I experience and the pain my friends experience. It’s hard to find a happy song in my career haha! I’m really bad at happy songs.

We know you just wrapped up a quick tour, but are there any other plans to hit the road?

I’m going out with I Am The Avalanche this weekend. I’m definitely planning on doing more Spirit Houses tours in the coming year. 

What else is happening next in Spirit Houses’ world?

My new record is coming out on vinyl on Suburbia Records very soon. I’m writing a full length right now that I hope to record in the spring.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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