A bit of luck brought The Spirit Animals together.
Or perhaps it was a bit of rock ’n’ roll magic — the kind the band specializes in making.
Adam Wiget, the guitarist, was dating a girl, and Wain Wright, the lead singer, was remodeling her kitchen.
“He knocked on the door one morning and I answered,” Wiget said.
The guys became friends, and in 2012 they formed The Spirit Animals.
The band’s profile has been rising steadily ever since.
On June 20, the group will play a MUX show in Richland, along with the band Kithkin and the dream-pop artist Lemolo, both based in Seattle.
And next week, The Spirit Animals will release a self-titled album. “It’s been three years of figuring out where our sound is and where we want to go directionally as a band,” Wright said.
“This album, I think, is a really good picture of what that direction is,” he said.
It’ll be available on various platforms starting June 27, and an album release party is planned that night at the Emerald of Siam in Richland.
Caleb Steinmeyer and Jarrod Coffin round out The Spirit Animals’ lineup, with Steinmeyer on bass and Coffin on drums.
Wright and Wiget largely handle songwriting duties, and “we write music we want to hear,” Wiget said.
That music, with a ‘60s garage rock-psychedelic rock feel, touches on themes from relationships to vices to death.
“Anything that makes you feel something, anything that excites you, anything that makes you feel afraid, anything you’re scared of — anything that does any of those things can be inspiration,” Wiget said.
Take the track Looking from Above, featured on the new album, in which Wright sings about falling in love. It’s moody, pulsing, hypnotic.
The bandmates came to music in their own ways. Wiget, for example, took a guitar class in high school but didn’t get serious about playing until he was in his early 20s.
Wright comes from a family line of musicians and at one time flexed his musical muscle playing in church.
As a group, The Spirit Animals have clicked. “Each person has kind of found their niche in the band,” Wright said. “It’s a culmination of us learning who we are and what we’re about.”
With the new album, they’re sharing that with the world. They’re excited.
“We want to take you on a journey” with the music, Wiget said.
“If you have an experience (with it), if it moves you, then we’ve been successful,” said Wright.
The all-ages MUX show starts at 7 p.m. at the Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave., Richland.
Cost is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.
Tickets are available at Adventures Underground, 1391 George Washington Way, Richland; The Local coffee house, 8530 W. Gage Blvd., Suite E, Kennewick; and at www.ti.to/mux/lemolo.
The album The Spirit Animals will be available starting June 27 on Amazon, iTunes, www.thespiritanimals.bandcamp.com and at the bands’ shows.
An album release party starts at 9 p.m. June 27 at Emerald of Siam, 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Cover is $5.