SPIRIT IN THE ROOM Unleashes “I Used To Be A Machine” Performance Video + Live Dates Confirmed

Photo by Ekaterina Gorbacheva

SPIRIT IN THE ROOM is pleased to unveil a live video for the track I Used To Be A Machine.” The disquieting hymn appears on the band’s Flamingo EP, recently last year via Housecore Records.

If you ever wondered what goes on in the head of a film noir hitman, horror novel asylum inmate, or a golden age silver screen villain, it might sound something like SPIRIT IN THE ROOM. The vision of Louisiana-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dennis R. Sanders unfurls through cigarette smoke, cheap booze, and distortion like an anachronistic fever dream soundtracked by a collision of gothic vocal hues, immersive alternative architecture, and jarring metallic catharsis. It’s scary at times. It’s sad at other times. However, it’s always unpredictable — especially on Flamingo.

Elaborates Sanders of I Used To Be A Machine,” “We invited a couple of friends and shot a live session at Center Staging in Burbank recently. This is one of the songs we filmed. It’s also my favorite song from the Flamingo EP. It’s a song about being at war with your shadow self. Which I’m sure is something we can all relate to.”

Watch SPIRIT IN THE ROOM’s “I Used To Be A Machine” at THIS LOCATION.

Watch SPIRIT IN THE ROOM’s video for “Venting” HERE, the official “I Used To Be A Machine” visualizer HERE, and the band’s Flamingo mini-movie at HERE.  

Flamingo is available on CD, LP, and digitally. For physical orders, go to THIS LOCATION and digital orders at THIS LOCATION.

SPIRIT IN THE ROOM has confirmed a host of live dates through April and May including an appearance at Days In Space Festival in Bakersfield, California, with additional shows to be announced in the weeks to come.

4/06/2023 Transplant Brewery – Palmdale, CA
4/19/2023 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
4/28/2023 Kensington Club – San Diego, CA
4/29/2023 Days In Space Festival @ The Empty Space – Bakersfield, CA
5/04/2023 The Monty Bar – Los Angeles, CA

SPIRIT IN THE ROOM remains comfortable in the dark. Audiences initially met Sanders as part of Black Light Burns. However, he introduced SPIRIT IN THE ROOM during 2010 before revealing a series of projects — The Holy Phobia, Pt. 1 EP (2014), Demon (2015), and Spirit In The Room, Vol. 1 EP (2019) —in between various singles and countless shows. Along the way, the band also performed on bills with the likes of Deftones, ††† (Crosses), Scour, and more. Receiving critical acclaim, Kerrang! applauded, “SPIRIT IN THE ROOM are a special kind of band,” and went as far as to christen Sanders, “a dark poet for dark time.” Cvlt Nation confessed, “I’ve been hooked on the dark passion of their at times contradictory, always hard to define sound. And you should be too.”

Throughout the Pandemic, Sanders went through a heightened level of hell on earth (even for 2020). He left one chaotic environment to “live in a room in a big house in the true Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno” as part of a fraught situation “that got increasingly violent.” When all was said and done, he found himself sleeping in his truck, at the studio, and at a girlfriend’s place as he wrote and recorded Flamingo in the eye of this storm, singing and playing guitar, bass, synths, and piano.

“I’ve realized I never really had a home,” he observes. “There are five songs I’ve written about that. Then there are some paranoia vibes until it explodes because you’re so emotional you can’t control your reaction. The end of the EP resembles becoming the new person you are, which is not necessarily a good thing.”