One month after our exclusive premiere of their single “Spillt” (feat. Ryan Osterman of Holy Fawn), Indiana based experimental rockers SPACESHIPS are back with great new single “Sinews“!
The track begins with a burst of shimmering, distorted guitar noise before transitioning into a sorrowful verse. Soon after, the band propels the song to new heights with an uplifting and powerful chorus. Despite its seven-minute duration, the song’s captivating atmospheric and structure make it feel much shorter, leaving the listener craving for more and inviting multiple replays.
SPACESHIPS will be releasing their fourth album, Ruins, on March 24 through Friend Club Records.
The album was recorded by lead vocalist and guitarist Nat FitzGerald, along with the other band members, individually throughout 2021 and 2022. The songs in Ruins were inspired by the social polarization brought about by the pandemic, protests, and political upheavals of 2020, which created dividing lines between people and caused fractures in relationships. The album is a collection of songs that reflect these themes.
The song “Sinews” by an unnamed band is about the tension and conflict that arises when one tries to live according to the teachings of Jesus while facing opposition and rejection from those who have taught and influenced them. The songwriter, Fitzgerald, shares his personal experience of trying to follow the radical teachings of Jesus, as encouraged by his family, and how it has caused a divide between himself and those who have instilled this worldview in him. Despite the familiarity of this story, the song suggests that the conflict and tragedy of this situation still persist.
SPACESHIPS started as Nat FitzGerald’s solo project, A Rocket Named Justice, in 2013 but quickly evolved into a full band after recruiting more members.
They have released three full-length albums, an EP, and a split. Their new album, Ruins, is their heaviest record yet, with lyrics focused on the social divisions of recent years. The album features extensive pedalboards, acrobatic drumming, and vocals that range from a whisper to a roar.
Ruins also marks the first time the band didn’t track live, instead recording individually in FitzGerald’s basement studio. This allowed for more complex arrangements, including saxophone, drum machines, keyboards, and acoustic guitars, and more layers of guitar than live tracking.
The album was mixed in-house by FitzGerald and mastered by Mario Quintero.