Artist Spotlight: SPINN
Whether you know them for their indie-pop jams or their Twitter antics, SPINN are the Liverpudlian band on everyone’s lips this year.
The monumental event that lead to SPINN’s inception was seeing The Strypes support Arctic Monkeys on tour in 2013. Watching a band made up of teenagers supporting their musical heroes showed them anything was possible, so why not give it ago themselves?
Forming in 2015 after meeting through school, Johnny Quinn (vocals), Andy Power (guitar), Sean McLachlan (bass) and Louis O’Reilly (drums) make up more than your average modern indie band. They add “three cups of sugar, spice and all things nice, five table spoons of sunshine, and most importantly, two fluid ounces of love” into the mix to get their sweet signature sound, which has garnered fans as far as Japan. Their more obvious influences come from The Smiths and The Cure, while a hint of disco, funk and shoegaze glimmer in the undertones. But one thing their music brings in the masses is humour and the same relatable, infectious personalities felt in early Arctic Monkeys’ narratives.
Their debut single ‘Green Eyes’ exploded onto the scene in its jazz-funk glory three years ago, and was quickly followed up with indie rock dream ‘Bliss’. Before long, the likes of The Indiependent were declaring them “ones to watch”. They released their aptly titled SPINN EP in April 2018, which Words For Music rated 7.5/10 and The Zine added “Sparkling synths and blue-sky melodies wrap you up in a lackadaisical romance with their quintessentially Liverpool dream pop sound”.
Their charming self-titled debut album was released this May, and saw them win over major publications with ease. The Line of Best Fit awarded it 8.5/10 and both Dork and Upset 4/5 – all complimenting their refusal to let guitar music grow stagnant. The 11-track release also includes rerecorded throwbacks such as ‘Green Eyes’ and ‘Bliss’ to really drive home how much the four-piece have developed in such a short time.
With a summer of festival shows warming them up for Neighbourhood, don’t miss the energetic live shows which have helped put SPINN on the map…