SPIRIT WAS | SEAN HENRY
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:30 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
Sunday November 17, 2019
Spirit Was is Nick Corbo & Company, a rock and roll project in Brooklyn, New York, performing original material with a live band comprised of Dave Medina, Alberto Casadevall, & Bernard Casserly.
In 2018, with the conclusion of Nicks long time band and collaborative musical recording project, LVL UP, Spirit Was has developed to include other sonic and visual efforts.
On December 10, 2018, "Golden Soul," the first set of Spirit Was recordings, will be available as two demonstrative songs released digitally and for sale on an illustrated flexi single with original artwork.
Sean Posila, who records under the moniker Sean Henry, has been writing music since he was a kid. On A Jump from the High Dive, his second proper full-length, childhood and adulthood coalesce to display his most confident and animated work to date.
On lead single “Rain, Rain,” he sings in mantras over repurposed nursery rhyme melodies you feel you have known your whole life, melodies he wrote as a child. “Rain, Rain come to me, come to me today,” Sean would sing to himself at age eight, hopeful for cancellations of his little league baseball games. The track itself feels like swimming, drenched in reverb and tremolo hitting you in waves. “I had been sitting on that melody for half my life,” he reveals.
Sean Henry’s new collection is a departure from the more straightforward garage rock found on 2018 release Fink. But the signature Sean Henry moments are still there -- simultaneously innocent, in-your-face and endearingly strange. A Jump from the High Dive is a bundle of energy through a focused lens, each song reminiscent of the standout track on a gifted mix CD.
After Sean returned home to suburban Connecticut in 2019 (“New York had broken up with me”), he adopted a “religious 9 to 5” mentality: working on the record and listening to old hip-hop and ‘90s alternative CDs in his car.
“I was doing a lot of couch surfing, living where I grew up in a Connecticut ghost town and touring around the country. I was all over the place. Amidst trying to sort things out, I wanted to make my version of a pop album.”