Principal's Office presents ---- > Spirettes
Originally named after the band’s lead guitarist “Katey Sleeveless,” the power trio Spirettes Kate Perdoni [guitar/vocals], Kellie Palmblad [bass/vocals], and Emily Gould [drums/vocals] formed in Colorado Springs in spring 2017. The ethereal guitar-driven rock, supported by pop structures and sprinkled with myriad ghostly female vocals, launched a unique sound, style, and collaboration which quickly garnered interest and local notoriety.
Perdoni and Palmblad joined forces in 2015 through a mutual friend, embarking on musical collaborations in several pre-established projects. The two found immediate synergy, blending their musical tastes, writing styles, and aesthetics with reverb-heavy, atmospheric, layered soundscapes and vocals.
Perdoni’s work in a previous project, Eros and the Eschaton (Bar/None Records), was richly accentuated by Palmblad’s vocal composition style from former experimental bands including Eyes Caught Fire. Perdoni and Palmblad, seeking to solidify their team, brought on drummer and vocalist Emily Gould. Armed with Gould’s keen sophistication and versatility -- informed by 18 years of playing in a variety of projects -- the group’s sound elevated to a hard-hitting power trio. Their combined creativity and emotive writing quickly cemented a foundation for the band’s forceful, raw, and lush expression of the female experience.
The band produced a lo-fi recording of their original set in April 2017, dubbed “The Horse Barn Recordings” for its setting in a reconstructed horse barn built in the early 1900’s. From this stark, haunted initial sound, the band landed a spot in Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, then began booking
throughout Colorado. Playing art houses, DIY space, and rock clubs, the project gained ground, then received the support of engineer Andrew Jones, who recorded their self-titled EP in August 2017.