Jangly fretwork? Check. Dreamy melodies? Check. Exuberant energy? Check. Liverpool foursome SPINN make sun-bleached guitar-pop that sounds like it’s floated in on a warm summer breeze. With the promising outfit’s Swimming Tapes-ish singles set to bring feelgood vibes to CloseUp Festival 2018 – a pick n mix of exciting new music at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – we spoke to the band about their formation, influences and future.
How did SPINN start out?
“SPINN came about back in our shameful ‘mod’ period; we all wore parkas and suits and stuff and it was awful, but essentially Andy and I had both started bands that both split up within a week of each-other, so we merged to make a supergroup, and SPINN was born. We started out in Vulcan studios in Liverpool, this dingy old warehouse where pretty much every band in Liverpool has practised at least once (shout out Barry Vulcan). For a while we were called ‘Andy’s Band’, because we couldn’t think of a name that was good enough to portray how cool and mod we were at the time, and eventually we got a gig in The Brink on Parr Street and the rest, as they say, is history…”
What inspired your name?
“We eventually got a super cool mod name and decided on The Spinningtops, which is just super cringe-worthy and embarrassing when I look back. Anyway we dressed like mods and had a mod name but we were writing dream-pop indie bangers and realised a name change was due, so alas we got rid of the ‘The’ and the ‘ingtops’ and settled for SPINN.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“In no particular order: Felt, Orange Juice, The Drums, Beach Fossils and The Cure”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“I’m gonna plug our boys Violet Youth here – they have a sick sound and they’ve got big plans for this year so check them out. We’re playing a headliner on the 6th April in Liverpool and we have The Cosmics, Forrest and The Cascaders who are all brill and they’re supporting – it’s gonna be a ball!”
And finally, what does the future hold for SPINN?
“In an ideal future, a few albums, playing to loads of beautiful people around the world, big massive nice houses in Cheshire, standard one really. In reality, probably just going to the Spoons in every city we visit until our cholesterol levels are so high that we physically can’t play anymore.”