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.
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It was truly a treat this weekend to attend the New York City show of the Spinto Band who was doing a 4 date mini tour, also know to their fans as ‘The Freakend’. Along for the ride were The Swims, And The Moneynotes, and Big Bang TV. A killer lineup.
I’ve been to a few Spinto shows in my day and the level of energy onstage is always incredible, but on Friday at the Mercury Lounge, the band brought it up to a whole new level. We’re talking astonishing. This had to be the best show I have attended in the past five years, or quite frankily, possibly ever. The room was packed with people ready to dance and it was at least 85 degrees in there. So warm the band was sweating before they got onto the stage.
The Spintos ripped through about 16 songs and somehow brought the energy up with every song. They even invited three fans onstage to dance to ‘Oh Mandy’ which was by far one of the coolest things I’ve seen. Nick Krill and Tom Hughes always deliver on the vocals and the combination of the two fit perfectly back and fourth on stage. The rest of the Spintos, Jon Eaton, Joey Hobson, Jeff Hobson and Sam Hughes hold it all down, never missing a note. From the sounds of ‘Later On’ to ‘Direct to Helmet’ this was surely a night to remember. Hopefully there will be another Freakend in the near future.
Cat’s Pajamas (listed as ‘Cat’s Shams’)
They All Laughed
Direct to Helmet
The Black Flag (listed as ‘Blag Flak’)
Japan is an Island
Pumpkins and Paisley
Needlepoint and don’t quote me on this, but I believe Crack the Whip. They were not written on the setlist as the band discussed the encore songs on the side of the stage.
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I believe a good band can play any song they’ve written on regular instruments, but a great band can play their songs in the most unconventional ways. This is where The Spinto Band comes in. ‘Moonwink’is a stellar album that leaves you wanting more, and if you search for The Spinto Band’s page on Youtube you get just that.
The band offers several of their new songs for viewing in the most creative ways ranging from them playing in towers to farms. My personal favorite is the video for ‘Later On’ in which the band plays off of kitchen items, watermelons, bottles, etc. How they were able to create this i’m not even sure, but they pull it off flawlessly. You can’t help but say ‘Wow’ when you see it.
The Spinto Band is on a pretty lenghty tour so be sure to head over to their Myspace and check out the dates.