The Spinto Band
|The Spinto Band|
|Origin||Wilmington, Delaware, United States|
|Labels||Bar/None, Park the Van|
|Past members||Albert Birney
The Spinto Band is an indie rock band from Wilmington, Delaware. Formed in 1996, the band comprises singer and guitarist Nick Krill, singer and bassist Thomas Hughes, drummer Jeffrey Hobson, keyboardist Sam Hughes, and guitarist Joey Hobson. They currently release music on their own label Spintonic Recordings.
The Spinto Band was originally formed as recording project by high school students in Wilmington, Delaware in 1996. Frontman Nick Krill describes being inspired to form the band after stumbling upon unused song lyrics penned by his grandfather, Roy Spinto, on the back of Cracker Jack boxes. Describing the early years of the band: "Every other band we knew back then would play in their garage and do the live thing. They’d do a bunch of concerts, then go, ‘Oh man, we’ve gotta record now?’ But we just had this crap in the basement and all we’d do was record, so we had 20 90-minute tapes full of junk before we played our first show."
After several releases on the band's own Spintonic label, the band released its proper debut album, Nice and Nicely Done, on Bar/None Records in 2005. The song "Oh, Mandy" was released as a single, and the group performed the first installment of filmmaker Vincent Moon's popular Take-Away Shows. The song was also featured as the soundtrack to a TV commercial for Sears, the payment for which funded the band's first European tour.
In 2008, the band signed to Park the Van Records and released its second full-length album Moonwink. The group promoted the album with a series of humorous videos on YouTube. Preorders of the album were accompanied with a 7-inch single that coupled the band original "Franco Prussian" with a cover of The Motors 1978 UK hit "Airport."
The band recently released their third album, Shy Pursuit, on May 1, 2012.
- Nick Krill (guitar/vocals)
- Thomas Hughes (bass guitar/vocals)
- Jeffrey Hobson (drums)
- Sam Hughes (keyboards)
- Joey Hobson (guitar/backing vocals)
- Albert Birney, until Nice and Nicely Done. Now plays in the Airkick Pigeon Band, as well as Teen Men, a new project with Nick Krill, Joey Hobson, and Catharine Maloney.
- Jon Eaton, guitarist, until March 2011. In the words of Nick Krill, he "decided he didn't want to be a musician for the rest of his life and figured now is a good time to bow out."
- Free Beer (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)
- 30 Songs To Ease the Soul (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)
- Our Mama, Jeffrey (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)
- The Analog Chronicles (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)
- Digital Summer (New Wave Techno Pop) (1999), Spintonic Recordings
- Roosevelt (2000), Spintonic Recordings
- Mersey & Reno (2001), Spintonic Recordings
- Nice and Nicely Done (2005), Bar/None Records
- Moonwink (2008), Park the Van Records
- Shy Pursuit (2012), Spintonic Recordings
- Cool Cocoon (2013), Spintonic Recordings
- Sam Raimi (2000) - Spintonic Recordings
- Strauss (2000) - Spintonic Recordings
- Straub (2000) - Spintonic Recordings
- Happy Naught Seven from The Spinto Band (2007)
- You Be My Heart (2013)
- The Spinto Band (EP) (2003) - Sleepglue Records
- Good Answer (2004) - Spintonic Recordings
- Slim and Slender (2009) - Park the Van Records
- "Oh Mandy" (CD) (2005) - Stolen Transmissions
- "Mountains/Brown Boxes" (7") (2005) - Radiate
- "Direct to Helmet" (CD, 7") (2006) - Radiate
- "Did I Tell You" (CD, 7") (2006) - Radiate - UK No. 55
- "Oh Mandy" (CD, 7") (2006) - Radiate - UK No. 54
- "Brown Boxes/Mountains" (promo CD only) (2006) - Radiate
- "Summer Grof" (7") (2008) - Fierce Panda Records
- "Franco Prussian" (7") (2008) - Park the Van Records
- "Vivian, Don't" (7") (2009) - Fierce Panda Records
- "Band of Brothers: An interview with Spinto Band members Thomas Hughes ’06 and Sam Hughes ’08". Alumni Profiles. Bennington College. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- Joel Rose (February 8, 2007). "Indie Bands Weigh Commercial Deals". NPR Music News. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- Brian McManus (August 12, 2008). "Spinto Band to Conquer Europe". Make Major Moves blog. The Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- "Cool Cocoon Reviewed". Pitchfork.
- "Arts & entertainment". The Times of London Online.
- "Introducing Teen Men". WXPN The Key.
- "Local favorites side mojo". Delaware Online.
- "Free Beer". Demo Universe. February 19, 1998. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- "30 Songs to Ease the Soul". Demo Universe. May 11, 1998. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- "Our Mama, Jeffrey". Demo Universe. June 2, 1998. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- "The Analog Chronicles". Demo Universe. September 3, 1998. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
- The Spinto Band Web Journal
- The band's official website
- Official all dig down page and Blog
- The largest fan community on the web
- A creative website driven by the Spinto Band and their friends
- Article on The Spinto Band
- WHYME Podcast No. 34: Interview with Jon and Nick of the Spinto Band
- Carol Cleveland Sings
- Carol Cleveland Sings on Songfight!
- Music For Listeners and The Spinto Band First Interview and Soda/Tea/Root Beer Taste Test
- Soundcrank Podcast Hosted by The Spinto Band