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From the Ashes: The Reinvention of Space Suits for Indians

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indiansIn early 2014, after a years-long run in the Denver indie band Postal Holiday, it’s four members decided it was time to scrap the band and do something fresh. But when they moved on to the next project, Space Suits for Indians, who will play at The Haul in Grants Pass on Fri., November 13, it turned out to be a little bit more of an everything old is new again situation. The new band had three of the four members, and even took its new name from the group’s collective history.

“Our singer, Julio, it’s a name he came up with,” says Wilson. “In his heritage—he’s Native American from Mexico—his grandparents refer to the soul as  a spacesuit. When you lose your body, all you have left is your spacesuit. And when I was in high school, junior year, we played one show, one song under the name of Spacesuits for Indians before there was any aspirations of making it a band,” says drummer Greg Wilson.

They may have been small changes, but it worked.

“Kyle [McQueen] moved from bass to guitar and took over as the main songwriter,” says Wilson. “It was a new energy.”

The new band quickly found a home in the burgeoning Denver psych-rock scene thanks to its dreamy, reverb-drenched, blues riffs and emotive drumming.

“For me, from a percussive standpoint, I’m trying to capture the emotions that are influencing what’s going on,” says Wilson. ”I listen back to things we recorded and I can almost see that part of my life, what I was doing, what I was feeling. It’s kind of like a journal in that sense.”

And the band has recorded a lot. It put out its first EP in September of 2014, another in September of 2015, and already has a third release planned for June along with plans to enter the studio again in December. And that’s to say nothing of its rehearsal tapes.

“When we first started, I had like 50 hours of recording on my phone,” says Wilson. “I would listen back to pick out parts I like.”

This tour won’t just be the first time the band visits Southern Oregon, but the first time it leaves Colorado.

“We’re excited to see what’s out there,” says Wilson.


Space Suits for Indians, with Patrimony
8 pm, Fri., November 13
The Haul, 121 SW H St., Grants Pass


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