The Spinto Band

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The Spinto Band
OriginWilmington, Delaware, United States
GenresIndie rock
Years active1995–present
LabelsBar/None, Park the Van
WebsiteSpinto Band
MembersNick Krill
Thomas Hughes
Joey Hobson
Sam Hughes
Jeff Hobson
Past membersAlbert Birney
Jon Eaton

The Spinto Band is an American 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 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.[1] 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."[2]

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.[3][4]

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.[5] 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 following year, the band released an EP titled Slim and Slender. The four-song release contained three original songs and a cover of Ary Barroso's 1939 South American hit "Brazil."

The band released their third album, Shy Pursuit, on May 1, 2012.

Their studio album "Cool Cocoon" was released February 5, 2013 in the United States. The opening track "Shake It Off" was released on Sound Cloud in November.[6][7]

A reissue of their album "Nice and Nicely Done" was released in June 2017. The release includes 13 additional rarities and bonus tracks from the recording sessions of the album.

Band members[edit]

  • Nick Krill (guitar/vocals)
  • Thomas Hughes (bass guitar/vocals)
  • Jeffrey Hobson (drums)
  • Sam Hughes (keyboards)
  • Joey Hobson (guitar/backing vocals)

Previous members[edit]

  • 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.[8][9]
  • 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."[10]



  • Free Beer (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)[11]
  • 30 Songs To Ease the Soul (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)[12]
  • Our Mama, Jeffrey (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)[13]
  • The Analog Chronicles (1998), Spintonic Recordings - (as Free Beer)[14]
  • 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
  • Biba! 1 Island, 879 Votes (Original Soundtrack) (2013), 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)



  • "Oh Mandy" (CD) (2005) - Stolen Transmissions
  • "Mountains/Brown Boxes" (7") (2005) - Radiate
  • "Direct to Helmet" (CD, 7") (2006) - Radiate - UK No. 78
  • "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


  1. ^ "Band of Brothers: An interview with Spinto Band members Thomas Hughes '06 and Sam Hughes '08". Alumni Profiles. Bennington College. Archived from the original on January 14, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Spinto Band: Coming Up". 2005-09-21. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  3. ^ Joel Rose (February 8, 2007). "Indie Bands Weigh Commercial Deals". NPR Music News. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Brian McManus (August 12, 2008). "Spinto Band to Conquer Europe". Make Major Moves blog. The Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Spinto Band". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  6. ^ "PREMIERE: The Spinto Band, "Shake It Off" | self-titled". 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  7. ^ "Cool Cocoon Reviewed". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ "Arts & entertainment". The Times of London Online.
  9. ^ "Introducing Teen Men". WXPN The Key.
  10. ^ "Local favorites side mojo". Delaware Online.
  11. ^ "Free Beer". Demo Universe. February 19, 1998. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  12. ^ "30 Songs to Ease the Soul". Demo Universe. May 11, 1998. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  13. ^ "Our Mama, Jeffrey". Demo Universe. June 2, 1998. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Analog Chronicles". Demo Universe. September 3, 1998. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.

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