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
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
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
CHECK OUT MORE SPINTO BAND CMJ PICTURES AFTER THE JUMP!
Finally here it is. Modern Mystery’s Top 25 Songs of the Year! Yes this was super hard to compile, and yes we left some stuff out, but here is what we consider our personal Top 25. Our Number 1 Spot truly deserves it.
Tomorrow we reveal our Top Records. Oh what fun!
1. Miniature Tigers- Last Night’s Fake Blood
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Heers
3. Morning Benders- Damnit Anna
5. MGMT- Kids
6. Matt Pond PA- First Light
7. Of Montreal- For Our Elegant Caste
8. Casper and the Cookies- Little King
9. Sloan- Cheap Champagne
10. Ryan Adams-Fix It
11. Conor Oberst- Souled Out!!!
12. Sam Roberts Band- Them Kids
13. Okkervil River- Lost Coastlines
14. Vampire Weekend- Oxford Comma
15. Spinto Band-Summer Grof
16. Franz Ferdinand- Ulysees
17. We Are Scientists- Impatience
18. Mason Proper-Lock and Key
19. Ra Ra Riot- Dying is Fine20. Toyko Police Club- Graves
21. She & Him- Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
23. Annuals- Confessor
24. Santogold/NERD/Julian Casablancas- My Drivethru
25. Mae Shi- Run to Your Grave
Sunday night at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City I had the chance of seeing The Spinto Band on the last show of their lengthy international tour. Never have I seen such an outburst of energy like that on stage. In one word, it was astonishing. The Spinto Band are extremely tight on stage even when they whipped out the kazoos for ‘Brown Boxes.’
The band kicked off the show with ‘Summer Grof’ which was an unexpected surprise. Nick Krill’s and Thomas Hughes’ vocals compliment each other even more so live than they do on their records. The Spintos really had the whole place dancing, and not only is their playing tight, but their harmonies are absolutely extraordinary. Somehow they double the perfection of their albums when they are on stage, and how they manage to do that, I’ll never know. From one song to the next, The Spinto Band delivered the goods from the mandolin of ‘Oh Mandy’ and beyond. I can’t wait until The Spinto Band comes back to New York City again. They are literally one of the best bands out there today.
They All Laughed
Pumpkin’s and Paisley
Direct to Helmet
CHECK OUT 3 VIDEOS of The SPINTO BAND from the Bowery over at my Vimeo
Check out more live photos of The Spinto Band at the Bowery after the Jump
Also check them out on their Myspace
BONUS: Tomorrow I will be posting my interview with The Spinto Band from Sunday night! So keep an eye out for that!
In a matter of hours, not only will I be seeing the Spinto Band live, but I will be interviewing the band. The interview will be up sometime this week. Also up this week will be a brilliant interview with Matt Pond PA so stay tuned. Before I leave for the night, I just wanted to post a great video I found from LaundroMatinee.com. Its the Spinto Band performing ‘Summer Grof’, once again in an unconventional way, live in a tiny studio. They always find a way to bring a different light into each and every song. I love.
Watch the Spinto Band perform ‘Summer Grof’ from Laundromatinee.com