The Spinto Band @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY- January 30, 2010

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 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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The Spinto Band Releases “Jackhammer” Video!


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
10.31.09
Lafayette/Atmosphere
11.01.09
Birmingham/Bottletree Cafe
11.02.09
Nashville/ The Basement
11.03.09
Bloomington/The Bishop
11.04.09
Chicago/Schubas
11.05.09
Urbana/Illini Courtyard Cafe
11.06.09
Pontiac/Pike Room @ Crofoot
11.07.09
Pittsburgh/Garfield Artworks

The Spinto Band @ Modern Mystery’s Playtime!

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Last week at CMJ, we had the honor of filming some of our favorite bands as well as a few up and comers. A Modern Mystery favorite around here is of course, The Spinto Band. We had the honor of filming the group outside on the streets of Park Slope, Brooklyn during CMJ last week the night of their Park the Van showcase. Not one, but two performances, the band performed the classic “Oh Mandy” as well as a new, unreleased tune for Halloween called “Won’t You Buy a Pumpkin?”. This is certainly a few videos you won’t want to miss out on!!! Super thanks to The Spinto Band for filming with us!

The Spinto Band “Won’t You Buy a Pumpkin?”

The Spinto Band “Oh Mandy”

More Pictures from the Filming After the JUMP

The Spinto Band @ Union Hall, CMJ, October 23, 2009

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For Day 4 of CMJ 2009, it was a messy rainy night in Park Slope, Brooklyn. That’s where the SPINTO BAND was headling the PARK THE VAN records CMJ showcase. Even though they have alot of gear for five band members, they started right on time for their 12:30am slot on the bill.

If you ever seen one of their shows, or heard the song “Brown Boxes” you know that some of the band members use home made kazoos’s to start the song.. Tonight, guitarist Jon Eaton started the show’s set with a Clairnet for “Brown Boxes”. Pretty fun..and I think it worked well..even if kazoo’s sound cooler. I think this might have been my 5th of 6th time seeing the Spinto Band, and they always rock right from the start.

The band broke into old favorites like ” Mountains” “Direct to Helmet” “Did I Tell You”  and then rocked out newer ones from Moonwink ” Later on” , “Needlepoint” and the really fun “Summer Grof” which was an ODE to comic Janeane Garofalo.Then Tom Hughes joked with the audience and  started their cover of “Brazil” which is on their new digital / vinyl only release called Slim and Slender (Park the Van).

You could tell there was alot of energy from the crowd..there were people there for  CMJ just attending the conference…fans of the band, people just hanging out on a friday night..and even older fans & friends from PA and Delaware who were chanting “Tower Hill” during the show. Tower Hill is a private HS in Delaware where some of the boys started the band. The band worked on another new song from their ep ” JackHammer” and rocked out some older tunes like their classic hit “Oh Mandy.” The Spinto Band never disappoint. If you ever get a chance to see them, or if they come to your town, go see them live!

– Joe Madonna

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Spinto Band to Release New Ep and CMJ Date Added!

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Modern Mystery favorites The Spinto Band are set to release the EP follow up to last year’s Moonwink titled Slim & Slender (Park the Van) on October 6th. With three new songs by the band plus one incredible cover of Ary Barroso’s ”Brazil,” this album is one of the catchiest releases of the year. If you recall the band performed this song during their last Freakend dates.

As Nick Krill and Tom Hughes switch off on their classic vocals, this is one indie record that will have you dancing. The standout track on the album is ‘Keep Them Alive,” which is equally haunting and poppy. ”Jackhammer” is a rather soft song for the band but still it maintains those incredible Spinto harmonies that we know and love. It shows a more mature side of the band and it resembles a bit of late Pavement.

Closing the EP is ”Thayer Function” which is primarily instrumental with some very sparse vocal. This is a leap for the band as they have never tried something like this before.

The Spinto Band have also announced recently that they are playing the Park the Van showcase at CMJ this year in Brooklyn, and they have extended their fall tour dates. Be sure to catch them on the road, you’ll be sorry you missed them!

Tour Dates:

September 16– NPR’s The Sound of Young America Live at Adrienne Theater-Philiadelphia, PA

September 19– Jam on the Brandywine at Myrick Conservation Center-West Chester, PA

October 21- Johnny Brenda’s-Philadelphia, PA

October 22– TT the Bear’s-Cambridge,MA

October 23– Union Hall-Brooklyn, NY

October 24– Rock ’N Roll Hotel-Washington DC

October 25- Local 506-Chapel Hill, NC

October 27-Grey Eagle Tavern-Asheville, NC

October 28 – The Earl-Atlanta, GA

October 30– Park the Van Records 5th Anniversary Celebration at the Marigny Theatre-New Orleans, LA

November 2– The Basement-Nashville, TN

November 3 -The Bishop-Bloomington, IN

November 4– Schuba’s-Chicago, IL

November 5– Illini Union Courtyard Cafe-Urbana, IL

November 6 – The Pike Room at Crofoot-Pontiac, MI

November 7– Garfield Artworks-Pittsburgh, PA

The Spinto Band *The Mercury Lounge, NYC* 7-17-2009

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.

The Setlist:
Cat’s Pajamas (listed as ‘Cat’s Shams’)
Brown Boxes
Summer Grof
Vivian, Don’t
Mountains
They All Laughed
Later On
Brazil
Direct to Helmet
The Black Flag (listed as ‘Blag Flak’)
Japan is an Island
Oh Mandy
Pumpkins and Paisley
Late
Encore Included:
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.

TONS OF MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP

WATCH LIVE VIDEOS FROM THE MERCURY SHOW

‘OH MANDY’

‘LATER ON’

‘BRAZIL’ (CLIP)