There is nothing better on a cold winter’s night in New York than heading to the cozy yet utterly hip Bell House in Brooklyn. On what seems like the coldest night of the year, one of the hottest indie bands managed to roll into town. That’s right. The Spinto Band. Six young guys who will blow your mind when they take the stage. Seeing this band live is like witnessing a piece of history that would be a shame if you missed it.
“This is our first show of the year,” announced singer and bassist Tom Hughes. Though for most bands that would signal that the show would be a bit rusty, the Spintos don’t even come close. Immediately launching into the first song, “Later On,” the crowd was already dancing at the first note. One amazing thing about the band is that their vocals harmonize brilliantly together, and it’s really a treat to see on stage. The set that night, as they were opening for Field Music, was a shorter Spinto set, but it’s safe to say that they stole the show. They grabbed older songs out of their roster like the classic “Oh Mandy,” and “Brown Boxes,” which means yes, the mandolin and kazoos came out, and they never sounded so good. The band also showcased a new song that singer and guitarist Nick Krill said was a bit of calypso inspired. Tracks from Moonwink (Park the Van) which are always personal favorites of mine like “Summer Grof,” and “The Carnival,” were highlights of the show. The Spintos also grabbed the charming yet slightly haunting Krill penned tune “Jackhammer,” from the Slim and Slender EP, as well as the extremely fun EP cover of “Brazil.” The amount of energy that the band put’s into their live show, even as an opener, is more than most indie bands combined. They’re having fun, and the fans are right along with them mouthing every word. There were definitely a good deal of people at the show who were there just to catch the Spintos, which is beyond amazing. It’s nice to see a band that is so genuinely into the music that it shows the second they walk onto the stage. The Spinto Band examplifies that rock n’ roll isn’t about the thrills and frills, it’s about the music itself; and they love every last bit of it. So do we.
2009 was an incredible year for songs. No doubt about it. Even some of the last minute yearly additions were able to sweep the early year competitors off of their feet. In 2009 there was a surprise around every corner with the quality of songs written. I’m not sure there could have been a better ending to the decade. Check out our Top 20 Songs below!
1. Matt Pond PA- “Starting”
2. Wooden Birds- “False Alarm”
3. Grizzly Bear- “Two Weeks”
4. The Drums-“Let’s Go Surfing”
5. The Spinto Band- “Jackhammer”
6. Sloan-“Take it Upon Yourself”
7. Vampire Weekend-“Cousins”
8. Ryan Adams-“Go Ahead and Rain”
9. Julian Casablancas- “11th Dimension”
10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs-“Zero”
11. James Husband- “A Grave in the Gravel”
12. Alvin Band- “Temple Pressure”
13. Darwin Deez- “Constellations”
14. Surfer Blood- “Swim”
15. Bishop Allen- “Dimmer”
16. Jupiter One- “Flaming Arrow”
17. Phoenix- “1901”
18. Pains of Being Pure at Heart- “Young Adult Friction”
19. Japandroids- “The Boys Are Leaving Town”
20. Julian Plenti- “Games for Days”
The Spinto Band is certainly one of our favorite bands around here! The group just released the new video for “Jackhammer” off of the Slim and Slender EP (Park the Van), this week. The Spintos always have a knack for making creative and beautiful looking videos and this one is no different. The overall vibe of the video reminds us a bit of one that would be made for Nice and Nicely Done but more advanced. This is one of the most brilliant videos we’ve seen in quite sometime (but maybe that’s because The Spinto Band themselves are so brilliant!). Also be sure to check out the remainder of tour dates for the band, listed below!
Watch The Spinto Band’s “Jackhammer”
Spinto Band Tour Dates
Nashville/ The Basement
Urbana/Illini Courtyard Cafe
Pontiac/Pike Room @ Crofoot