It's plain to hear that Sweet Spirit has a big sound: The Austin, Texas, rock band has nine members and one of the most energetic frontwomen in indie music. That's Sabrina Ellis, who also sings for A Giant Dog. 

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Sweet Spirit last month released the new album "St. Mojo." Six of the band members stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a gig at Denver's Hi-Dive to perform four songs from the new LP. They also spoke with Scott Carney about their non-stop touring schedule and their friendship with fellow Austin band Spoon.

Stream the session and watch the band perform "Power" above. Interview highlights:

Singer Sabrina Ellis on the band's rigorous touring schedule:

"I think that our lives have just sped up exponentially. Went from maybe two three-week tours a year to being home twice a year for two weeks. We're just busy perpetually."

Ellis on getting to know Britt Daniel of Spoon at South By Southwest:

"We noticed him at all of our shows. We had maybe 14 that week. So we became friends. ... One thing led to another. Merge Records became interested in A Giant Dog. In the meantime Sweet Spirit was developing." 

Songs performed:

  • "The Power"
  • "Salvation"
  • "The Mighty"
  • "Bat Macumba"