Today we’d like to introduce you to Omar Musisko and Amy Day.
Omar and Amy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The band was born under a blood moon during a meteor shower at midnight on the winter solstice. Just kidding. We were both in different bands (Omar: The Peripherals, Amy: The Local) and did a gig together. We had many of the same influences and were both heavily into the craft of songwriting. Amy joined the Peripherals and we did rowdy bar gigs for a while as a predominantly five-piece Americana band. During that time, we started collaborating on songs virtually on an amazing free App called Bandlab (that we don’t work for;). We started working on songs that were more introspective and emotionally heavy. We liked the collab/demos so much that we worked them up to perform and started gigging as The Spiritual Motels almost immediately (it could have been a blood moon? ;).
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In the words of the wise folksy folk who we grew up with on the East Coast, “We can’t complain.” Sure we sometimes make seven dollars at a gig or play to seven people who are eating sushi and facing the opposite direction, but places actually let us play our strange original music, and even in those less than ideal times, there’s usually someone who comes up to us who was moved by what they heard. For us, if our music moved one person the gig was worth it. So I guess we struggle like most bands, but we try to find beauty in this struggle.
Tell us about your music.
Our debut album “Super Tiny Disappearing Oceans” will be released everywhere on 11/23/19! We’re also having an album launch party that night at The Merrow in Hillcrest with some amazing acts and special guests. As for our music, we like to think of our songs as a search for beauty in the darker aspects of life (pain, sadness, etc.). We’re into these extreme juxtapositions and try to make our music dance between them. Our songs cover a lot of topics like existence, mental health, love, and addiction, but strive to find hope/some kind of glimmer when they do so. We blend folk, Americana, chamber pop, and spoken word, and have been compared to The Head and the Heart, the Avett Brothers, and Bon Iver.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Purpose. We hope that what we’re doing could have the power to help someone or make the world clearer or more manageable in any way.
- Website: www.thespiritualmotels.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thespiritualmotels
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/thespiritualmotels
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