Dizzying 4 piece SPINN left their audiences swept up in an ethereal haze, charmed by their shimmering melodies and hypnotic rhythms. Review by Megg Ridgway. Interview by Alicia Bugallo Perez.
Having heard songs such as ‘Bliss’ and ‘Green Eyes’ I was looking forward to experiencing their nostalgic summer sound live; their Wednesday night set at the Amersham Arms did not let me down. From the moment the lights came up, flooding the stage with hues of blue and green, SPINN had their audience captivated with their swirling sounds inspired by the likes of the smiths and the cure.
Their latest single, home, was the song that stood out most for me. Johnny’s vocals took on a softer, soothing tone as they shifted from indie rock to dream pop wrapping me up in an ephemeral moment of bliss.
SPINN was formed in 2015, how did you guys meet?
Andy: Um, basically, I knew the singer, Johnny, from school, when we were like 13, and then Johnny met the drummer through his friend’s girlfriend, so basically we all met through school.
Songs like ‘Green Eyes’ remind me of the bands like The Smiths, would you say they are one of your influences?
Yeah, definitely, from the early stages the band, we were always interested in a lot of stuff, so our music takes influences from many different bands, not just one.
What other influences do you have?
Other band influences? Definitely The Cure, bands like Dive. We like a bit of Wild Nothing, don’t we? Basically clean guitar sounds, with lots of chorus, pedals and a dreamy sound.
Your new single, ‘Home’, is quite different from previous stuff you’ve done, more in the indie pop side of things (ie backing vocals). Did you aim for a different approach?
Andy: Not really, I think it’s just because it seems to be a lot more happy, and the lyrical content is a lot more straight forward, it’s a lot more… I’d just say there’s a different approach to each single, so like, because this one was a lot more upbeat than the previous two, people think of it differently I suppose.
Sean: Our last two singles have a lot more meaning lyrically, but this one, we just sort of wanted to make a bit of a tune, so that someone can enjoy the music too, have a little dance too.
This song has also been featured in the playlist ‘Fresh Founds: Six Strings’ on Spotify, which has over 20,000 followers. What was your reaction when you found out about it?
We were mind-blown, we got loads and loads of listens from it like, over a thousand listeners, lots of exposure.
Lately you have been quite active when it comes to gigging, but this is your first London show. How are you feeling about it?
Sean: We are really excited, because we wanna know what people think of us, that haven’t heard us before. We wanted to hear what people think of it you know, down south. Really excited. What do you think?
Andy: Yeah, I’m excited.
Things are definitely on the right track, what can we expect in the near future?
Sean: More music, more gigs, definitely a new song in the summer.
Andy: More away gigs. It’s like the profile of the band, getting bigger.
Are you writing at the moment?
Andy: Yeah yeah, the thing is we don’t really perform a lot of the new stuff we’ve been writing in the past 6 months, mainly because at the moment the songs we’ve got, these are all gonna be recorded, and coming out, say within the next year or so, so we need to still perform them. See what we do, we write the songs and then work on them for a year, then play them, we don’t just throw them out there. We work on them all the time for a long time before they come out.