credit: Mik Shida


I Hate People On The Internet, the 2022 EP by Brisbane-based singer, songwriter and producer Zheani Sparkes, ended with a song that found solace in nihilism. “We know life’s not fair now, baby, don’t be scared now,” she sang on “We’re All Going To Die,” “We’re all going there and we’ll be happy there.” After a record that drew power from strife and hatred, it was a surprising twist—an acknowledgement that if this world is, indeed, bullshit, ending in death for those good and bad alike, we might as well just accept it.

The Spiritual Meat Grinder, Zheani’s follow-up mixtape, leans full-tilt into this realisation. It’s a party record for the end of the world that tips its hat toward the futility of life—while inviting you to “bring wet cunt to the dancefloor” as a means of coping. We live inside the Spiritual Meat Grinder every damn day, so why not have a little fun with it? “When you’re in The Spiritual Meat Grinder spiralling in the absurd you may as well be a freak and have a good time,” says Zheani. “If you’re in Sodom and Gomorrah and can’t escape, you may as well be at the drunken orgy when the fire and brimstone starts to fall.”

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Events featuring Zheani

Mar 14, 2024
1:00am — 1:50am
Brisbane, Australia
Professional Connections
Zheani is seeking the following:
  • Brand Partnership
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors