By: Chris Pizzolo
Previously, I wrote about Shirley House and how great their songs are. I also really liked the fact that their production value is undeniable. On the flip side of that polished pretty presentation is something equally as beautiful, but alternatively presented. I chatted with James Joseph about his project.
James Joseph’s solo project, THESPIRITOFVIOLENCE, is recorded with GarageBand and one condenser microphone. The sound reflects that sort of introverted heartache that Joseph cites as his recording process. The music sounds similar to 90s grunge, with a pinch of deftones.
At first listen, the two tracks that are featured on Joseph’s soundcloud are overwhelmingly raw, but on second and third listen, they start to become that classic story of the junkyard dog that looks incredibly intimidating and scary, but is really just looking for a companion.
The songs are heavy, heartfelt, and seemingly honest. On the track Crystal Fist, you can’t help but think it’s a gloomy melancholy rock track until you hear the ending. The ending is like an optimistic Weezer throwback. Be sure to give it a listen below.
P2M: So, what is THESPIRITOFVIOLENCE? Where does the name come from?
JJ: The name actually comes from my favorite Black Sabbath song ‘Megalomania’, off of Sabotage. There’s a line in there that goes, “The ghost of violence was something I’ve seen, I sold my soul to be the human obscene”. I thought the word ‘spirit’ was a little more ambiguous, so I went with that, though I really do enjoy the word ‘ghost’.
P2M: What’s coming up next for you?
JJ: As of right now, I’m trying to get 5-6 demos together for a legitimate recording some time in the fall of 2014, I’m hoping anyway. It will probably be an EP, but with any luck I’ll have a lot more done before then.
P2M: Any, plans to tour or do some gigs?
JJ: I haven’t taken this project to a live band setting just yet, but once I do I’m sure touring will be in the fold!
P2M: Sweet! What have you been listening to lately?
JJ: The only thing that I’ve been listening to lately that I really want to push is a real oddity; this early 80’s German band ‘Warning’. Their self-titled was sort of a novelty to me at first listen, but now I’m really into it. Check it out:
P2M: Thanks for chatting with us dude. Hopefully we’ll hear some more music soon?
JJ: Thanks for listening! Here are my other active bands. Give ‘em a listen if you’d like as well!