|TODD COLBERG / guitar, vocals
ROB (the slob) WALSH / bass,vocals
JOSH JOHNSON / drums
CHAPEL HILL, NC
THE SPINNS / March 29 / SCHOTZY'S / by: DAVE COLE
About three songs into THE SPINNS' set, Brian Carnivore from Taija Rae drunkely rocked my way, forcefully pounded me on the
shoulders and brayed, "This band rocks everybody's assss!" He then made his way elsewhere. Presumably to continue rocking.
What can I say, his observation was completely accurate. I was not prepared to be rocked so completely.
Hailing from Chapel Hill and originally called The Clones, these guys managed to keep me completely engaged for the entire set.
That's not an easy thing to do. I'm old. I get winded and have to sit down sometimes. Not only did I stay up front the whole time,
I actually rocked out. How could I not? They were all business. No cute between-song banter. No constant breaks for tuning and
tinkering, just rock and fucking roll.
There's been so much bad throwback rock in the last few years, especially in the garage category, that when I was told they played
60's garage rock, I was kind of wary. But then they hit the stage and all doubt went out the window. It was like I had The Animals
or The Remains right there in front of me. Jeebus! None of that damn "I'm a hipster trying to look uncomfortable and pouty." It
was more comparable to the frantic intensity of The Who playing "A Quick One While He's Away" on The Rock & Roll Circus.
Leona would've thought they were hot too. They were all shaky shaggy headed and stuff.
After THE SPINNS I was all worked up into a rock frenzy and couldn't wait for the next band. One that I'd also heard great things
about. Pleasure more than lived up to their name.
I must admit THE SPINNS kicked my ass so hard that weariness overtook me and I couldn't give Pleasure my undivided attention.
One more note on THE SPINNS. They just released a new 7-inch. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one
up. Although it's high quality, it only hints at the intensity of their live shows. They're also currently working on their first
side one: "and i know"
side two: "wild ravin'"
"best man in town" & "in this world all alone"
"shadows in my mind" & "ow!"
PEEL OFF YER
TO PLAY 4U!
"The SPINNS are a fresh, psychotic reaction, guaranteed to have your hips in a swivel and your head in a whirl with their amazing
retro 60's garage rock." - WXYC radio announce
"Chapel Hill's The Spinns supply vintage tight-trousers rhythm and blues along the lines of the animals...infamous for dangerously
energetic live shows, if not for virtuoso musicianship, and what they may lack in good manners, they make up for in rock. It's a
safe bet that someone's beer will get spilled on you before the night's out."
-Alison Fenstersock / Gambit Weekly Music
"Though Chapel Hill is most notable for being a hotbed of artsy indie rock (it's the birthplace of Superchunk and the HQ of Merge
Records), the Spinns aren't your normal Chapel Hill band. They play high-energy '60s-quoting garage rock and keep the
artsy-ness to a minimum." -Planet Weekly
"...followed by The Spinns, who had me dancing on a table like a drunken middle-aged secretary at the company Christmas
party." -Brian Howe / Crutch Music Reviews
" The Spinns are history. A history of the wildest, wailn'est rock group to come down the pike since blind men and the sound of
|"out of the garage
and onto the stage"!
circa 2003 @ King's
Barcade, Raleigh, NC
Get Spun with The Spinns / by: John Staton / Star-News Correspondent
When I first heard Greensboro (Chapel Hill) rock 'n' rollers The Spinns, it was via cassette tape sent to me by drummer Josh Johnson.
That he didn't even bother with a CD in this digital age says a lot about his band and its retro sound (and the fact that I have a car stereo
that only plays cassettes probably says a lot about me.)
The Spinns recall garage-rock bands such as The Zombies or The Animals, except meaner, nastier, edgier, rawer. Lead singer/guitarist
Todd Colberg's vocals sound like his heart's been ripped out via his throat, and his riffs sound like something a young Link Wray
would've smiled upon. Mr. Johnson's frenetic drumming are a perfect match, and after playing with several combos over the last couple
of years the lineup has solidified with Rob Walsh punching bass.
"I just got turned on to it in high school," says Mr. Johnson of the old-school garage sound. His passion extends to an extensive vinyl
collection: "Every day you can find something new in the record bin and take it home, all fuzzed-out."
"Fuzzed-out" isn't a bad way to describe The Spinns' sound, from originals ("Ow!" is a particularly invigorating track) to obscure covers by
bands such as The Mummies, Billy Childish and Thee Headcoats and Larry & the Blue Notes. "It's not like we're gonna be coverin' The
Rolling Stones," Mr. Johnson says.
It should be a rockin' night....
the spinns have a new album
out, "lost colony," and it
sounds like it was recorded in
1965. Like *exactly* like it was
recorded in 1965 - rudimentary
drums, tinny echo, tube
"warmth," and endless lyrical
references to "girl" and how
shitty life has been since the
singer met/lost you. It is
utterly brilliant. - ross grady /
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