Known for their really haunting music and lyrics as well, SPiN has team up with VENTS for the exclusive first listen of their single “My Hysteria”, the title track off the band’s upcoming album.
Comparisons to iconic bands like Queen, The Cars, and Muse can be hard to live up to, but Philly-based SPiN continually earns such great accolades with each release. Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Luke Tozour (P!nk, Katy Perry, Mika) noted the band’s “classic epic songwriting with a modern pop twist!” and AntiMusic.com raved the “hard-driving power chords and edgy overtones layering over thoughtful, subtle melodic progressions.” Vintage Guitar Magazine says SPiN finds “…a comfortable space between emo and the grittier side of power pop…some very radio-friendly material.” TV and film like SPiN, too.
SPiN’s last EP “Stalked” included the single “Happy Together” which reached #1 on the iTunes indie rock charts, was featured in full on the CBS Show “Stalker.” Other tracks have received commercial airplay (“Home” reached #7 on FMQB and the “BELiEVE” album charted Top 5 at CMJ college stations) and have appeared on networks such as NBC, MTV, VH1, Spike TV, Bravo, History Channel, IFC, MuchMusic, and Travel Channel. “Hurt By You” was featured on G4’s “Attack of the Show.” Their powerpop version of “Silent Night” was used in commercials for the movie “Scott Pilgrim Vs the World.” Music videos for “Playing Dead” and “Hearts in Flames” earned rotation in the U.S. on FUSE TV and in Canada on AUX TV.
In addition to headline gigs, SPiN has provided support for Halestorm, Fuel, Hinder, Sponge, SafetySuit, Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, Red, Fat Joe, RA, Charm City Devils and more in 600+ shows across 25 states.
When not touring, the band continues to write, record, and independently release music from its Dead Handsome Studio, inside a 150-year old funeral home.
We also had the chance to chat with the band about the single, their album, influences and more!
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’re OK… We’d be better if the A-hole who moved next door to our studio would shut up and enjoy the free ear candy instead of incessantly complaining about the noise! Also if the bank would call and say, “Come take some of this money we have, it’s too much for us to hold it all.”
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Histeria”?
Well the title track came about from leftover Stalker vibes we had from our song placement in that show (CBS STALKER). Kept thinking about that world – dark and moody, but powerful.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I think maybe just the overall state of the country and the world in general.. Nothing seems to be balanced and no one seems particularly happy. The song kinda explores that yin and yang, push and pull of everything. Or maybe we’re just as crazy as everything that’s going on around us.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes – we are actually working on a video for “Someone New”. Gotta find the right actor for the job. And then convince him to do it for free.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
I think that’s pretty clear… After hearing the EP just once, the country will be in mass hysteria and will likely need counseling until our next release.
How was the recording and writing process?
One of us has an idea. Brings it to the band and pours several too many shots. We play it, make sweet sweet love to it, and then hit record. Usually drums go down live with the synth bass and a guitar scratch track. Then we layer on guitars, keys, vocals and other tasty morsels.
What role does Muse and Black Keys play in your music?
We can really be inspired by anything and everything we hear, but stuff we like probably has a bigger effect on our output. We’re trying to release unique music that has it’s own sound, but certainly don’t mind if people hear our influences shine through.
What draw you into this dark music you make?
Not sure. You may want to consult the band therapist on that one.
What aspects of hysteria get to inspire the songs and lyrics on this record?
Lyrics and melody can be a tough marriage at times. We spend as much time going through lyric ideas as we do writing the music. We try to intellectualize the lyric part while still trying to maintain relate-ability with the theme.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not in the very near future as we’re actually already knee deep in the next EP. But hopefully we can get down the bottom of the east coast at some point. We’ve toured through about 35 states, but have never been down below Virginia on our own coast. Wanna go down to Florida with the money launderers, hookers, drug dealers and old folk to see what they thing of SPiN.
What else is happening next in SPiN’s world?
As mentioned, we’re putting the finishing touches on our next EP already. The day after the “My Hysteria” release we’re playing a show with multiplatinum Alt Rockers, Eve 6. We used to cover some of their stuff – so that should be cool. Really just continue to put out the best music we can and find ways to get it to people that might dig it and make as many friends as we can along the way.