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L.A. Unheard: Spero's dream-pop obsession

September 22, 2011 |  1:12 pm

The band: Spero, a Los Angeles-based quintet.

The sound: “Dream pop dream pop dream pop. [It’s] all we think about,” the band writes on its ReverbNation page, a truth reinforced by its murky bass lines and vintage synthesizers. The Cure is  one clear influence on songs such as “S.O.S.,” while the more nightmarish energy of “Architects” evokes more modern genre practitioners such as Warpaint. But there’s nothing sleepy about singer-keyboardist Tammy Herrera, who leads the songs with a determined, slightly melodramatic alto.

The random: Spero was a product of the holiday season, forming between Halloween and Christmas last winter.

The details: The band plays the Silverlake Lounge on Sept. 26, where it’ll support Red Circle Underground’s residency.

The music: Download “Architects” below.

MP3: Spero -- 'Architects'


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-- David Greenwald

Photo: Rising Los Angeles band Spero. Credit: Dvin Kirakosian and Danielle Wagner