God in Rehab is an electronic industrial rock band based in Nashville, TN, founded in 2005 by Spookie Rollings and Matt Hosafros. Lead vocalist Leslie Benson and bassist Jess O’Donnell joined in 2022 to co-write new music and kick off a new era of this dark, moody art and sound project from Texas to Tennessee!
How I Joined GIR
In 2021, I shared a post on Facebook about my regret in not getting to record the song “Home” by Depeche Mode for an electronic music compilation album. Out of seemingly nowhere, this amazing friend-in-the-making at the time, Spookie Rollings, immediately stepped up and said, “Let’s do it.” And so, on a whim, we took a chance on each other musically, and this time, I had someone who followed through on their promises.
Covering “Home” by Depeche Mode was the first project I completed with Spookie. It has a very special meaning to my heart. It’s the culmination of a song that I wanted to record 6 years earlier, and a nod to one of my favorite bands.
God In Rehab – cover of Depeche Mode’s “Home”:
Released on March 15, 2022...
Leslie Benson – lead vocals
Spookie Rollings – guitars, keys, background vocals
Jess O’Donnell – bass, backing vocals, samples
Matt Hosafros – drums, sequencing, samples
Sean Sheppard (Scattered Hamlet) – mixing/mastering
Immediately after working together in the studio on “Home,” Spookie invited me to become a full-time member of his long-term music project, God in Rehab. I replied with an ecstatic, “Yes!”
Now, backed by a full band, I’m proud to be working with Spookie on original songs, starting with the deeply personal and emotional track, “Solemn,” which we released on May 4, 2022, to bring awareness about MMIWG2S (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit).
Spookie wrote the music a decade ago in tribute to his people. (He is Indigenous himself.) He asked me to write the lyrics and vocals, which I was honored and humbled to do, and drummer Matt Hosafros added samples and sequencing, as well as put together the official music video for the song. Or, check out the live acoustic version of the song, featuring Spookie Rollings on guitar and Leslie Benson on vocals. Sean Sheppard mixed and mastered the final version of “Solemn.”
“Solemn” is available for purchase as a single on Bandcamp to raise MMIWG2S awareness. All proceeds go toward the MMIWG2S cause.
The second original song God in Rehab collaborated on is the song “Upside Down,” inspired by the ’80s-themed sci-fi TV show, “Stranger Things.”
The new music video for “Upside Down” by God in Rehab has been released on YouTube. The single of “Upside Down” by God in Rehab is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, iTunes, IHeartRadio, Pandora, and all streaming platforms via DistroKid as of Aug. 5, 2022. A remix is also in the works.
We’ll also be working on more new music and revisiting some God in Rehab classics. Stay tuned!