INTERVIEW

“ A buzz band with substance. Now there’s an idea. A group with something worth us shouting about. A group that beneath the surface actually have something interesting going on. For Delaware’s Spinto Band it was never about the look, or the fame, or the money – as guitarist Jon Eaton puts it, “we never […]

A buzz band with substance. Now there’s an idea. A group with something worth us shouting about. A group that beneath the surface actually have something interesting going on.

For Delaware’s Spinto Band it was never about the look, or the fame, or the money – as guitarist Jon Eaton puts it, “we never really saw it as getting a record contract and international fame. It was just a hobby.” And maybe that’s the secret behind the impending success of their forthcoming album, ‘Nice And Nicely Done’. Appearing as one thing (a breezy paced collection of pop songs, enjoyable enough without needing much depth) before uncoiling into something very different (lyrical works of heartbreak and the darker side of relationships), the band’s debut release for Virgin Records looks set to last way beyond the festival season of 2006.

It’s hard to believe that these six friends, barely out of their teens, have been a band for eight years, but it’s their CV of work to date that borders on the inconceivable. With a little help from their friends at mp3.com, The Spinto Band have released seven albums of now rare material. “They’re all just home recordings,” explains Eaton, almost embarrassed at our amazement. “They’re not really available anymore so I kinda feel bad promoting them in these interviews. But it is true.”

Back in their hometown of Wilmington – a place that Eaton describes as being “pretty dead” and “full of bankers and rich old people” – The Spinto Band started their live career supporting The Sin City band who were (and still are) made up of Jeff and Joe Hobson’s father, Thomas and Sam Hughes’ step father and Eaton’s uncle. Happy for their fourteen year olds to pick up (and never put down) guitars and drums, The Sin City Band supplied a majority of ‘The Spinto’s’ early equipment and offered live support slots whenever they could. Both remain gestures that the band show no sign of forgetting. “They’re probably the best band that I know because it’s so effortless,” say Eaton. “They’ve been playing for 30 years and they’re still playing now around Wilmington. Our first shows were opening up for them and all of our original equipment was old Sin City equipment. They really helped us out when I think a lot of parents would have been like, ‘TURN IT DOWN!'”

Whilst currently on tour in the UK the band admit to sound-tracking their tour bus with whatever free CDs they can get from their record label, but through choice, each member of the group bring a little something different to The Spinto Band’s influences. While Eaton grew up worshipping Frank Zappa, bassist Thomas is a fan of Bridget Bardot, guitarist Nick is turned on by The Kinks and keyboardist Sam feels most at home listening to The Streets and Dizzee Rascal. There is one band that all six members can agree on being passionate fans of however, and that band is The Flaming Lips.

As (ahem) youngsters, The Spinto Band would travel north to see their heroes play in Philidelphia. At last month’s South By South West Festival they shared a bill with Wayne Coyne and his space rock pioneers. It’s an achievement that foresees the future of The Spinto Band. After they support Mystery Jets on their May tour, the band play Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival where they plan to “dine at a ninja restaurant” for Joe’s twentieth (yes twentieth!) birthday. And then? Well, by then the buzz with be justified.

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