The Spinto Band with The Miniature Tigers @ Mercury Lounge, NYC -8/13/2010

A little late, I know, but one hell of a show. Spintos + Mini T’s + One Show = AMAZING!

Miniature Tigers Release New Video and Announce Tour with The Spinto Band! (a.k.a. My head just exploded in EXCITEMENT!)


Whenever, and if ever, two of your favorite band’s tour together, most people consider it extremely lucky. Yesterday it was announced that the Miniature Tigers are not only doing their first headlining tour, but they are taking The Spinto Band along with them as openers.

Can we say ‘Dream team’? Because I’m going to.

The groups will be taking over the U.S. in full force this summer for your listening pleasure.

The Miniature Tigers have also just released their first video for the single “Gold Skull,” from Fortress (Modern Art), due out July 27th. The new record was produced by no other than The Morning Benders’ frontman, Chris Chu, and also features a produced track (“Gold Skull”) by Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian. The Spinto Band are also working on new material so be prepared to be filled with new tunes this summer by both bands.

Check out the tour dates below, and the new video from the Mini T’s!

“Gold Skull” by Miniature Tigers.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Miniature Tigers with The Spinto Band

July 21, 2010- The High Dive – Seattle, WA
July 22, 2010- Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
July 23, 2010- Hotel Utah Saloon- San Francisco, CA
July 24, 2010- Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA
July 25, 2010- House Of Blues- San Diego, CA
July 27, 2010- The Rhythm Room- Phoenix, AZ
July 29, 2010- Kilby Court- Salt Lake City, UT
July 30, 2010- Larimer Lounge- Denver, CO
July 31, 2010- Santa Fe Brewing Company- Santa Fe, NM
August 2, 2010- The Loft- Dallas, TX
August 3, 2010- Stubbs – Austin, TX
August 5, 2010- The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
August 6, 2010- Triple Rock Social Club- Minneapolis, MN
August 8, 2010- LOLLAPALOOZA – Chicago, IL
August 10, 2010- Pike Room- Pontiac, MI
August 11, 2010- Musica- Akron, OH
August 12, 2010- TT The Bear’s- Cambridge, MA
August 13, 2010- The Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY
August 14, 2010- TBA
August 15, 2010- North Star Bar- Philadelphia, PA
August 17, 2010- The Black Cat- Washington, DC
August 18, 2010- Sonar Club Stage- Baltimore, MD
August 19, 2010- Local 506- Chapel Hill, NC
August 20, 2010- The Star Community Bar- Atlanta, GA
August 21, 2010- The Blackbooth- Orlando, FL

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.

CHECK OUT MORE SPINTO PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP

Modern Mystery Holiday Party Part Four

In this edition of our holiday party, we have a few of our Modern Mystery favorites entering the party. The lovely and charming boys of The Spinto Band, and the wonderful Ben Trokan from Robbers on High Street. Nothing says the holidays like great indie bands sharing some of their cheer with us. Enjoy reading!

Robbers on High Street @ Bell House, CMJ 2009 by ModernMystery. //  
Ben Trokan- Robbers on High Street

King Khan and the Shrines – What Is?
Death – For the Whole World to See
Reigning Sound – Love and Curses
Yura Yura Teikoku – Hollow Me/Beautiful
Chocolate Watch Band – The Inner Mystique
Budos Band 12″ EP
Life on Earth! – A Space Water Loop
PW and The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys EP
The Breakaways – Walking Out on Love
The Soft Pack 12″ EP

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year

I went to India.  Yeah, fucking India!

What do you love about the holidays?

Jingle All The Way.  “Put that cookie down!”

The Spinto Band Year End List

top 11 records:

Generationals- Con Law
Alvin Band- Mantis Preying
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Neko Case- Middle Cyclone
MF Doom – Born Like This
Cryptacize – Mythomania
Sw!ms- Itemlord
Franklin Bruno: Local Currency: Solo 1992 – 1998
Drug Rug: Paint The Fence Invisible
Half-handed Cloud – Cut Me Down and Count The Rings
Nellie Mckay – Normal as Blueberry Pie

Crazy thing:
One wild thing that occurred was we found a chicken coop in Delaware and built a recording studio inside it.  The construction and decorating has taken up much of the year for us, but as always a close second to crazy things that happened this year would be discovering new places and playing rock music inside those places.  We hit up a bunch of new cities where we have never been and met a bunch of new people who we can now call friends.

Holiday faves:

Eggnog availability and acceptability. 
Christmas lights getting more and more elaborate.  Big ups to LEDs

Tom Hughes-The Spinto Band

Top 10 in Alphabetical Order:

Alvin Band: Mantis Preying
Broadcast and the Focus Group: Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Franklin Bruno: Local Currency: Solo 1992 – 1998
Circulatory System: Signal Morning
Cryptacize: Mythomania
Drug Rug: Paint The Fence Invisible
Generationals: Con Law
Half-handed Cloud: Cut Me Down and Count The Rings
Nellie Mckay: Normal as Blueberry Pie
The Sw!ms: Itemlord

Craziest Thing(s) That Happened To Me This Year:

1. We set up our own recording studio which has been a decade long dream come true.
2. Our tour of Europe at the beginning of this year was the best tour we’ve ever done. The most incredible crowds, sights, food and overall experiences I’ve had in a long time.

Favorite Thing About the Holidays:

The smell of fireplaces, both during and the morning after when it’s soaked into your sweater.

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!

The Spinto Band, CMJ 2009, Modern Mystery Playtime by you.

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