On Saturday night, trippy Philly collective Spirit of the Beehive played a sold out hometown show in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. This was their penultimate show of a 41-day tour across the country, and their first hometown headliner since the release of their 2021 album ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH — and for that matter, since the last time they played the Church basement in 2018. We previously saw them play opening sets Philly Music Fest with Alex G, and Union Transfer with Japanese Breakfast, but a show where Spirit is the main draw is a unique experience in itself.
Chicago natives Deeper opened the night up. The four-piece band has two full length albums out: a self titled album and their latest, Auto-Pain. (I won a copy of the Auto-Pain vinyl in an Instagram giveaway of a collection of miscellaneous albums last year and was pleasantly surprised by how awesome it was.) The new album was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, something singer-guitarist Nic Ghol told the Church crowd. “They have soma, which makes you feel nothing, but auto-pain makes you feel everything. Let’s feel everything and see what happens at the end of it.”