Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been listening to The Spiritual Leaders latest single, Hall Of Mirrors, released on December 7, 2022.
Hailing from Cavan, Ireland, The Spiritual Leaders are David Reilly (lead vocals and guitar); Fergus Brady (bass, guitar, synths and backing vocals); Cathal Brady (drums); and Anne O’Reilly (backing vocals and artwork).
Hall of Mirrors is a late 80s/90s-influenced song about the coping mechanisms we use to mask our inner insecurities. Hall of Mirrors starts strong with a full band sound with electronic elements.
The synths and guitars drive this track along and create some magnificent rise and fall to keep the listener engaged at all times. We love the use of 16-beat percussion in the choruses and the drummer keeps everyone in line with some superb fills and a great sense of rhythm. The bass melds in perfectly with the drums on this track and the melodic playing is a joy to listen to. The instrumental section at the end of the song gives the full band the opportunity to display just how tight they are, and we can only imagine how cool their live show is.
Rhythmically and sonically reminding us a little of Joy Division or The Cure, Hall of Mirrors, the 90s New Wave indie rock influence is evident throughout. Vocally reminding us a little of Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes) or Mike Scott (Waterboys), the vocalist gives this song a unique edge with his characterful, present and slightly twangy and passionate performance.
Hall of Mirrors is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, This Fictional Place, due for release in the Spring of 2023.
Ideas from our ears
A small boost around 65Hz would increase the thump in the kick drum. To our ears, a small cut around 750-800Hz in the vocal track would smooth it out a little too. Finally, a small high shelf boost in the top two octaves would increase the brightness and presence overall. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
For fans of 90s New Wave indie rock, The Spiritual Leaders, Hall of Mirrors, is an absolute must. We strongly urge you to add this to your playlist today.