In an era that relies so heavily on quick-hit bands, there are very few things that are truly part of the subculture and not just the passing zeitgeist du jour. Closing in on three decades, The Spits have signified the crossroads between punk mayhem and well-honed songwriting, creating some of the most unhinged and anthemic tracks in underground music — and also some of the wildest live experiences you’ll ever be a part of.
Today The Spits announce a North American tour in support of their latest record VI which dropped Fall 2020 — and was their first album in almost 10 years! The tour will be the first time for anyone to hear the new tracks live. It kicks off early December with two TX shows and then picks back up after the new year in the Pacific Northwest. They’ve also confirmed they’ll be playing Goner Fest 2021 in Memphis, TN in late September. Check out a full list of dates below and purchase tickets here.
The Spits took their time on VI. Clocking in at 17+ minutes, The Spits are back and things are the same as it ever was. Yet this time, the brothers Wood and Co. are adamant about letting the fans know that VI is a return to their roots– more deceptively simple punk from these instigators and legends in their own time.
For fans of the band, to-the-point melodicism and good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll, VI isn’t just the name of The Spits’ LP, it’s also the number of instant-classic records in a row. Recorded by Erik Nervous on cassette four track, the band’s new LP VI is ten hummable tracks, shrouded in chainsaw punk and wild showmanship.
Marking a “return to roots” approach for the LP, the band decided to record and write VI in the basements of Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan over the course of several spurts of activity, each yielding a few new songs from a terrible drum kit with a literal thrift store guitar. “We’ve only been into an actual studio like three times,” admits Sean Wood. “I don’t think we’ve had one record that was recorded all in one place, this may be the closest thing. And for these songs we’d record a couple tracks, step away and go back at it later– sometimes weeks later. You know, take our time.”
THE SPITS – LIVE DATES
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
09/25: Memphis, TN – Goner Fest
12/09: Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
12/10: Houston,TX – Secret Group
12/11: New Orleans, LA – Santos
12/15: San Antonio,TX – Paper Tiger
12/18: Mexico City, Mexico – MonkeyBee Festival
01/20: Tacoma, WA – Alma Mater #
01/21: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #
01/22: Seattle, WA – Clock-Out Lounge #
01/23: Portland, OR – Dante’s #
01/25: San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop #
01/28: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom #
01/29: Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar #
01/30: San Diego, CA – Casbah #
02/11: Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
02/12: Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
02/13: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
02/14: Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
02/16: Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere !
02/17: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar !
02/18: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s !
02/19: Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents !
02/22: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/23: Montreal, QC – Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.
02/25: Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
02/26: Detroit, MI – Outer Limits
# – with VR SEX
! – with Night Birds