Track 3: Spy Vs. Spy / The Spinto Band And I’m alone most days see things I wonder what you’d say if you’d agree with me, If you’d agree with me, Give my hand a squeeze and tell me that you’ll never leave
I just did a pre-order for The Spinto Band’s soon-to-be-released album, Shy Pursuit. It reminded me of the time back in ‘08 when I did the same thing for their previous album, Moonwink. The material from the new album that I’ve heard sounds very promising, especially “Take It.”
Moonwink was an album that took some getting used to for me. The arrangements and harmonic progressions were far more ambitious than the stuff on their previous album, Nice and Nicely Done. Nice and Nicely Done is a solid rock album that hints at something more majestic. With Moonwink, they really let loose. Even the tamer songs will still throw so many chord changes at you that it’s pretty hard to keep up on occasion. After taking the time to actually become familiar with the arrangements and to understand what they were doing, I believe it’s the superior of their two widely released albums.
“The Carnival” is one of those slightly more straight-forward songs that’s still pretty complex. Even though there is a ton of tension throughout the song due to the constant use of diminished chords, they always resolve in a way that releases the tension. Nick Krill’s vocal delivery throughout the song is wild and energetic. It’s freeing to hear someone sing with such reckless abandon, sliding up and down to reach notes in a carefree and fun way. I love how heavy the guitar solo sounds at 1:40 as compared to the rest of the song. The last time through the chorus sounds magical with bells doubling the lead guitar line as Krill sings his lead vocal with a sweet background vocal pad.
And now I know I’m at the end of my wits don’t gotta tell me where this is going cus I know nothing ever falls apart yeah I know nothing ever falls apart remind me once more where this is going before I fling it out into the ocean it’s kind of level but its wavy Its looking more blue than it is green it’s looking quiet as I jump in so I can finally hear you scream You got a gnome in the backyard you put him right on the X mark you’re eating brains out the back of my head oh yeah, that’s where the money is
I’ve been anticipating for this release for quite sometime. The last thing I heard about The Spinto Band was back when we interviewed them with “Slim & Slender EP”. That came out in what, October of 2009 (when we started the blog)? It’s been almost three years and they come back full swing with a new full length, “Shy Pursuits” and I absolutely love it. That being said, I think it’s just the cultivation of the raw sound of their “Slim” and “Slender” versions of the two tracks on that EP and now on the full length.
Keep Them Alive (Slender Version) is almost as if they were playing it in a small venue space. Not a bad thing, really. More like “it’s fucking alright!” Like most artists, bands, producers, etc do the same thing. Release something on a single or EP and then rework it into something into their full length. Then you can hear the changes they did and decide which one you like more. Honestly, the new version is vibrant and fucking fun.
These guys are great if you don’t know about them. They’re from Philly/Delaware area and close friends of ours. Give them a gander and checkout this fun song by The Spinto Band.
Wouldn’t mind seeing them and Generationals play together on stage.