Liverpool’s jangle pop maestros, SPINN have released a new single just in time for summer, entitled, ‘Notice Me’. The single is apparently all about the band’s efforts to get their music played on BBC Introducing Merseyside; a big milestone in any Mersey band’s career. Spinn have not only succeeded in achieving airplay, but have also now done a session for the hallowed radio show.
GIGsoup’s Jane Davies caught up with them to find out more about this lively band of musical upstarts.
So Spinn, tell us who’s who in the band…..
Johnny is on vocals and rhythm guitar, Andy on lead guitar, Sean on bass & George is on drums.
How did you all meet?
Andy and Johnny met in school at age 13, but were both greasy meffs (Liverpool slang for a stupid of worthess person) with irrelevant musical backgrounds, then they got their acts together as time went on. Andy started a band with Sean in sixth form which was diabolical looking back on it. Johnny’s band Post War Youth split up,and Andy asked Johnny to join as the frontman, then after trying out a few drummers, Johnny asked his old Post War Youth trustee, our current drummer George.
How did you decide on the name SPINN?
We were originally called “The Spinning Tops” but it was shite so we changed to “SPINN”.
Describe your musical style to the uninitiated….
“Connoisseurs of Jangly-Dream Pop” is the best we can give x.
Who have been your musical influences?
As a band we all probably owe The Smiths and The Cure the most which may seem generic, however, they were very influential to us especially in the early days, and as time went on we really got into modern dream pop bands like Beach Fossils, DIIV and Horsebeach as well as all sorts of stuff like Bowie, Pink Floyd and Iggy Pop, but also combining it with pretty much anything else, so say if one of us writes something, it could be inspired by literally anything, but we throw dream pop textures over it which I think gives us our own unique sound instead of just trying to rip something off completely 100%.
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Who are you listening to on Spotify at the moment?
Johnny is probably listening to Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.
Andy is probably listening to Horsebeach.
Sean is probably listening to Michael Jackson.
George is probably listening to Coldplay.
What’s the new single all about then?
It’s about “Hero worship”, it was an open letter to Dave Monks (BBC Introducing Merseyside presenter) to play us on the radio, and he loves us now, good old Dave
You have got a UK tour coming up, how have you prepared for that? Who have you got as support?
It’s going to be a belter, got Kendal Calling too which should be good. No tour support though sadly.
What’s been your favourite gig so far in SPINN’s history?
Has to be our last single launch for “Home” in March or Festevol, both packed out gigs.
Are you off to play or watch any festivals this summer? Who are your must see bands?
Yes, playing Kendall calling, and we’re going Truck, probably gonna go see Will Joseph Cook because he told us he’d shout us saying “the bois” if he saw us when we supported him, also looking forward to seeing TRASH and JAWS.
12th – London, Tooting Tram and Social
16th – Southampton, Lennon’s Bar
27th – Worcester, Marrs Bar
28th to 30th – Kendal Calling
29th – Dorset, Yellow Brick Festival