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The Spinto story started back in 1996 when Nick Krill found some songs in the attic penned on the back of Cracker Jack boxes by his grandfather, guitar player Roy Spinto. Those lyrics inspired Nick and 6 of his high school friends to form The Spinto Band penning their own songs that the Philadelphia Weekly calls "...unlikely beauties somewhere between Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Flaming Lips."

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Let the bloggers do the talking...Shout-out to the Spinto Band. First time I saw these guys it seemed like Ric Ocasek had seen the Strokes on TRL, decided the world needed to be shown how new wave guitar rock was done, grabbed six of his children, threw instruments on them and made them practice 7 nights a week until their fingers were sore. They were so tight (the cover of "Just What I Needed" was almost fascist in its perfection), so catchy and so enthusiastic (looked like they were 16 AND had choreographed moves) that I assumed an abusive dad had to be behind it all. I've seen them a couple times since, and my admiration has not waned. Their new songs are terrific (as soon as they release some new material I'll undoubtedly be shouting about it somewhere), they aren't afraid to rock the kazoos, their cover of the Motels' "Airport" is so fun I almost don't want to hear the original and if the audience is real nice they'll bust out their breathtaking rendition of "Walk The Dinosaur/Where My Dogs At?" Check it out.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Did I Tell You
  2. Brown Boxes
  3. Oh Mandy
  4. Trust Vs. Mistrust
  5. Spy Vs. Spy
  6. Crack The Whip
  7. Direct To Helmet
  8. Late
  9. So Kind, Stacy
  10. Mountains


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0009J4O9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Buy this album before all your friends do.

Spinto band shows incredible promise as a band with a knack for catchy rhythm and beautiful compositions that will leave you humming later. It is simply a matter of time and radio play until they go big.

Ok, the album is not perfect but it's close, close enough to warrent 5 stars.
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The Spinto Band essentially take every style of pop rock from the last 10 years and compact it into a fun, exuberant package. Early- and Mid-Nineties-style alterna-rock, neo garage, and, everyone's current favorite, neo 80's dance rock, all have their place within the Spinto sound. Nick Krill and Thomas Hughes, the principal songwriters in the group, each have an incredible knack for hooks and melodies; it is futile to try and resist singing along with their music.

These six young men are clearly having a fun time being in a band together, and this fun radiates out from them, especially in live concert setting. You can't help but have a good time along with them.

Most of the comparisons to bands with a similar sound are valid, particularly to groups like Pavement, Grandaddy, and Yo La Tengo. As another reviwer pointed out, "Crack the Whip" is immediately reminiscent of the danceable rock purveyed by groups like Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, and the rest. If there is any one band I would compare the Spintos to, though, it would be Blue Album-era Weezer; many of their songs might sound simple if you weren't paying attention, but once you focus in, you're captivated by just how catchy and well-written they are, as well as just how flat-out fun the music is. It's a subtle kind of specialness that few bands can actually achieve.

Finally, check out "Oh Mandy." Whenever this song breaks through to the big modern rock radio stations, it will probably be huge. Nick Krill's mandolin (which is as immediately enticing and recognizable as the instrument is in R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion") will draw people in, and Sam Hughes's spooky, pretty 50's sci-fi sounding keyboard will be the clincher, floating in the background but making the song stamp directly into your brain.
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I heard the spintos on the radio and knew right away i needed this record. It's not out in the uk yet, so i had to import for the first time, and it was so worth it. Coming on like the offspring of pavement and the beach boys this album is a glorious pop gem. musically inventive and lyrically witty, these boys will go far.
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Though this is their first major label album, The Spinto Band have been prolifically self-releasing material for almost 10 years. Their earlier releases were generally sprawling and eclectic (ranging from rock and Ween-esque sound experimentation to ska and hip-hop), but on Nice And Nicely Done they tighten things down to a short and sweet 35 minutes of indie pop. Fortunately, this happens to be some quality indie-pop. Nick Krill (who I guess has gradually become the group "leader", writing and singing 8 of these 11 tunes) shows quite a knack for a great vocal hook: in particular the chorus of "Oh Mandy" (definitely one of the best singles to come out so far this year in my book) and the "suuupppeersonic!" bit of "Late" tend to nest in my head and never leave. The remaining 3 songs, sung and written by Thomas Hughes, are perhaps slightly less instantly accessible, but his combination of almost dizzing melodic inventiveness and clever wordplay like "Your work looks good/ your look works great" tends to grow like a fungus. You definitely will find echoes of other bands throughout: the tendencies towards vintage keyboard sounds can alternately bring to mind Weezer, The Rentals, or Grandaddy, while Nick Krill shows some distinctly Malkmus-inspired vocal ticks throughout, and you just might hear the intro to "Direct To Helmet" and think "hey, the Flaming Lips!". Still the only time a song sounds a little too derivative is the clear Strokes/Franz Ferdinand homage "Crack The Whip", and for the most part despite some clear influences the Spintos manage to craft something with originality and personality. This is the kind of album that should be blaring in the car stereos of hip teenagers all summer, and I mean that in the best way.
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i saw these guys open up for arctic monkeys last night after only hearing one of their songs (Oh Mandy) on my local indie station. Anyway, I recently got the album and every single song is completely solid and has incredibly catchy melodies. definitely awesome.
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My first taste of these guys was also an arctic monkeys show. These kids can play and play WELL. Reminded me a lot of a poppy wolf parade on speed. with more guitars. and a shy kid. yeah. Good band. Album sounds better than they sound live.
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The Spinto Band could best be compared to The Unicorns, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, The Walkmen, Hot Hot Heat, and The Strokes. What characterizes The Spinto Band is its sense of fun, the way its members revel and bask in the joyful pop of the music. Some bands take themselves too seriously; The Spinto Band is more certainly not one of them. If you pick up this album, you will feel like dancing, and you will not be able to get these incredibly catchy songs out of your head. Their live act also more than lives up to the album. The Spinto Band deserves recognition on a national level, and I only hope that it comes.
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