The Spirit Theory | The Calmness in the Riot

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The Calmness in the Riot

by The Spirit Theory

Female-fronted, acoustic/adult-alternative with philosophical lyrics and an ethereal, yet radio-friendly sound. The new millennium's version of The Sunday's.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. This is Me
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2. Distractions
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4:39 $0.99
3. Reassessing
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4. What I've Learned So Far
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4:23 $0.99
5. Washing Machine in the Wings
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6. Playing God
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7. Temporary (acoustic)
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8. In Your Eyes
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Album Notes

The Spirit Theory - "Underlying Poetry"

New band!
New songs!

The Spirit Theory's 2003 release "The Calmness in the Riot"...

Essentially, this CD is a collection of "life lessons" set to intersting and dark, yet catchy and radio-friendly alternative/pop music.

Those who expect a little more depth and content from the music they listen to will truly enjoy and appreciate what The Spirit Theory is all about. This CD gives the listener something to think about and reflect upon. Each song has a different story to tell, a lesson to be learned, or a different perspective to be pondered. They will stir emotions, raise the spirit and transport you to a new place.

Lead singer Nikki Boyer (from the TV Guide Channel and TLC's "Perfect Proposal"), while quite beautiful (check out her lay-out in the April 2004 issue of "Stuff" magazine!), isn't just another empty-headed "Pop Queen" clone who only cares about her image and her choreographed dance moves. She just sings from her heart and expresses so much emotion, it's not rare to see some members of the audience shed a tear. People just... connect.

At first listen, The Spirit Theory's songs may be considered more "pop" than anything else, but there is a lot more going on than just the normal verse/chorus/verse/chorus song structure. Despite the "hooks," it's the earthy guitars, funky bass lines, trippy loops and ethereal effects that seperate these songs from others. Whether getting lost in the rich layers of sound, or contemplating the philosophical lyrics, after listening to the 8 songs on The Spirit Theory's "The Calmness in the Riot," you'll feel inspired and refreshed... and you'll be singing them long after you've heard them!

The Spirit Theory is:

Nikki Boyer - vocals
Blair Pickar - guitar
Brian Giberson - bass
Fabian Carbone - drums
Jill Altemus - keyboards

Here's a review of "The Calmness in the Riot":

"Wow, this CD made me feel really good! You don't come across too many bands that can do that these days. This music is a blend of meaningful lyrics backed by talented musicians who do this because they enjoy creating music. They are not doing it for the fame? That's something you don't hear everyday.

I really enjoyed the song "Distractions." One reason was because it was catchy and I really liked the lyrics, but mostly because of all the effects they used on singer Nikki Boyer's voice and throughout the music. I was also surprised to hear an acoustic cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" at the end of the CD. They pulled it off very nicely.

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard this band because I'm normally not into music like this so I definitely think you should check them out."

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Well done!
I'm absolutely enjoying their music. Nikki has an amazing voice that is soft and soothing. The lyrics strike a chord because they are so heartfelt and true. The album is well done, the orchestral flourishes are great ear-candy and Nikki's unique voice conveys real feelings. It seems
it's one of those albums that you enjoy more each time around. I only wish it had more than 8 tracks!


I just listened to The Spirit Theory's CD. "Distractions" &
"What I've Learned So Far", and as a fellow musician, (acc. guitar & vocalist), I can appreciate the lyrical content, metaphysical overtones, and timed delivery of Nikki's vocals in the music. Nik & her band have found a unique niche in today's "overdone" market for fresh alternative musical stylings - and I feel that the chord that they are striking is much needed in today's listing audience.


Stronger with each track
Definitely not mainstream, Nikki's voice is strong and convincing. Her voice is reminiscent of 70s...Fairport Convention and Renaissance. Strong musicianship provides support but doesn't overwhelm her voice. It will be interesting to see where they go next


The Calmness in the Riot strikes up a storm!!
This is the CD that you can wake up to in the morning, go to sleep to at night or use while taking a relaxing bath. The songs strike a personal chord in you. You feel the energy through the lyrics and the melody. Definitely my new fave CD.

Tracey Dalton

Very different from other kinds of music. It should be put in its own category.
The music is great. It is something totally different and totally true. I wish this band made some faster paced songs so that I could listen all the time.


Blair's songwriting and guitar playing is amazing. Thoughtful lyrics.
This CD has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Nikki Boyer's voice is emotional, expressive and powerful. The lyrics are thought-provoking. They did a remake of In Your Eyes and it's brilliant. Two of my other favorites from this CD are, "Playing God" and "Distractions".