SPISH aka Pittsburgh artist Nate Die has an unusual sound, with sombre yet tongue-in-cheek vocals, which can be found in new track We Like Jesus. In the past year, Nate has built a small orchestra to perform his work, created a microclimate of anonymous therapy, and began using a multi-medium approach to marketing his work.
Nate spoke with The Fountain about the influence behind the track as well as his plans to come here to perform.
TF: A new video release, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
I actually haven’t watched the video yet but I heard it’s amazing. It won like eight awards. Expect good things!
TF: And what inspired you to title this We Like Jesus?
The idea came from a novel I was reading (Another Roadside Attraction). The book presented the argument of Mother Religion vs. Father Religion. In a Mother Religion, one worships because they are thankful for what they’ve been given. In a Father Religion, one worships because they are fearful of what their entity can take away.
My hope is that folks stay away from the latter. It’s professionally toxic. I don’t have any agenda against organised religion, I might add. It’s more about being aware of its forms.
TF: And are we likely to hear of a new EP, or LP release in the near future?
We have a mound of demos and studio work we’re sitting on. 2019 will be a good year! Some additional demos can be heard in our video shorts.
TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we expect you in Scotland anytime soon?
Oof! We actually just finished our fall run! We’ll be up and down the east coast of the US in the spring, with a couple weeks in the midwest.
My goal is to be in Scotland by 2020, but would happily come earlier if given the opportunity.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?
We played to a couple thousand people for the first time this past summer and that really had me awestruck. I really do love interacting with people in small rooms, though.
We recently had the pleasure of supporting The Nude Party, who are absolutely crushing it, and that was a phenomenal experience. It’s just fun to play with bands you’re a fan of.
All in all though, my honest opinion is that each show is greater than the last. Playing shows and traveling with your best friends is top notch.