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Formed in 2015, Liverpool's SPINN worked their way around the Liverpool gig circuit, putting their 'spin' on first single 'Green Eyes' (racking up over 5,000 Soundcloud streams) and receiving airplay via BBC Introducing in Merseyside on Dave Monks' show. The jangly pop four-piece's new single, ‘Who You Are’, comes from their debut EP out on April 6 via Modern Sky UK.
Who are you?
Hey, I'm Johnny Quinn from SPINN. I'm here on behalf of the rest of SPINN, who are Andy Power on lead guitar, Louis O'Reilly - drums, and Sean McLachlan on bass.
Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today?
I mean, our story is as follows. Once upon a time there were four skinny Michael Cera-looking kids with a secret passion for cool music. These kids were like The Inbetweeners and got terrorised in school more often than not.
Them kids formed a few bands then all the original bands broke up and boiled down into the primordial and somewhat delicious soup that is SPINN. The lads got their heads together, they built a factory canning all the different flavours of SPINN soup into neatly packaged pop music soup and shipped it out to the masses. As it went, people seemed to like the soup and their blossoming soup business continues to grow.
Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.
I always say that our influences change all the time and it's true. I mean, this week I've been listening to The Go-Betweens and The Replacements, last week it was Lil Peep and Sun City Girls. The best part about music is that inspiration comes from all sorts of artists, so it never gets boring. In terms of our sound though, we're always compared to Beach Fossils which is definitely not a bad thing. In fact, now that I think of it, I'd describe our sound as a less trendy Beach Fossils but with just as much heart.
Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.
The way we usually work is me and Andy come up with an idea and then work together to add the different aspects that we think it needs. Then we bring it to the rest of the band who act as quality control and make sure our massive egos don't make it sound too awful. We all add our little parts to the music, then I write the lyrics and we demo it and put it on our secret Soundcloud for our own listening pleasure.
Tell us a little about your new single.
The new single is called 'Who You Are' and its about how everyone is secretly a poser in someway or another. I don't think there's any point in denying that, so I wrote a song about it. It's on all streaming services and there's a music video coming out soon.
Yeah, we have a national tour coming up and were going all over the show, I think we're enough places for it to be accessible for everyone in the UK SO THERE'S NO EXCUSE NOT TO COME!!!
MAR 3 - LIVERPOOL, Shipping Forecast
MAR 15 - NEWCASTLE, Little Buildings
MAR 17 - NOTTINGHAM, The Chameleon
MAR 27 - LONDON, Hoxton SBK - SOLD OUT
MAR 31 - EDINBURGH, The Mash House
APR 1- GLASGOW, Broadcast
APR 6 - LIVERPOOL, EP Launch @ Arts Club - SOLD OUT
MAY 5 - LIVERPOOL, Sound City
MAY 12 - LONDON, Closeup Festival
AUG 3 - LEICESTERSHIRE, 110 Above Festival
How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?
We've got a few tricks up our sleeve and we're probably gonna whip them out. Or in less trivial words, we're gonna go on a few more tours and maybe even release some new stuff but that depends on how much everyone loves the EP; Andy might die of ego death if you lot don't like his guitar tone so we need to be careful.
Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud.
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