Article and photography by Tabitha Lopez
Of course that could have been because we arrived after the exorcism. Apparently, lead singer Roderick Edens shower fresh in a dark blue Henley & jeans was feeling very at peace with himself after having cleansed his home of a dark spirit that according to him had attached itself to his sister on a trip to New Orleans. He still had candles burning. The entire place smelled of sage & ocean breeze.
Soon Chris Santiago the other member of Ikagura who happens to live above Roderick joined us. I want to note here that there is sometimes a third to their usual duo – but only on stage, and I’ve never formally met this third member in person. In fact this third person is actually being portrayed as a ghost in an upcoming video. A ghost as in a person in a white bed sheet with holes cut for eyes. This whimsical quality is one of the things that sets Ikagura apart from other local bands.
What else sets them apart? They’re mastering their first LP right now which is set to be released on
While there that day I was feeling a bit under the weather, and Roderick wouldn’t let me leave without precise instructions on how to cleanse myself once I got home. He was worried that the spirit which had clung to his sister may try to attach itself to me sensing my weakened state. The process involves sage – which I happen to have oddly enough, and surrounding myself with things I love. I’m not sure if creating music is in fact as divine as child birth but after talking with Roderick I may be willing to give it a try.
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