Debut EP from The Westward Spirit Offers a Refreshing New Start for a Chicago Songwriter
Seemingly more often than not, things in our lives don’t always work out exactly the way that we want them to, and this is a fact that seems to be particularly hard to swallow for those of us in our mid-20s who are just starting to realize the real limitations of those daydreams that we entertained during high school math classes and what not.
For local Chicago musician Garik Niffenegger, those young adult ambitions were likely intricately linked to his former band, The Revision Plan, for which he served as the singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the better part of a decade. And then somewhat unexpectedly, the band called it quits last year just as they were about to release a new 7-inch and working on their first full-length album.
However, Niffenegger wasn’t ready to call it a day just yet, so like any singer-songwriter that finds himself without a band, but with plenty of songs still ready to see the light of day, he simply picked up his acoustic guitar and a pseudonym and got back to work as a solo artist.
Now known as The Westward Spirit, Niffenegger has already released new music in the form of a two-song EP called Chemical Imbalance. On the record, Niffenegger actually fills in for a whole band, playing guitar, bass, and drums all on his own.