One EP, seven singles and god knows how many gigs; the dream pop foursome has had an impressively busy year…
It has been a whole year since Liverpool dream pop quartet SPINN released ‘She Takes Her Time’ through Modern Sky UK, and what a jam-packed year it has been! This release received a spin from Dave Monks on BBC Music Introducing Merseyside and they celebrated with a show at The Actress and Bishop in Birmingham. Its low-budget video accompaniment was out a month later. SPINN played their final gig of 2017 at HY Brasil Club, Bristol in December and had a well-deserved Christmas break.
2018 was off to a great start as previous release ‘Notice Me’ hit 500,000 streams on Spotify, followed by the release of their next single ‘After Dark’. This latest release received multiple spins from trusty Dave Monks at BBC Music Introducing Merseyside as well as John Kennedy on Radio X and Tom Robinson at BBC Radio 6 Music. Just to add the cherry on top, the track was added to Spotify’s Indie Shuffle, Dreampop and The Other List playlists! It’s accompanying tour montage video was released in early February.
Without a moment to spare, the lads released ‘Who You Are’ a month later which was added to Spotify’s The Indie List playlist. This release preceded their first gig of 2018 at Fallow Café, Manchester. This gig kicked off a whirlwind year of touring, as March saw them perform in their hometown of Liverpool as well as Newcastle, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and a sold-out show in London. In the meantime, ‘Notice Me’ hit a whopping 1 million streams on Spotify (that’s half a million streams in two months!), and Steve Lamacq gave ‘After Dark’ a spin on BBC Radio 6 Music.
The foursome continued their tour in April, heading to Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham and headlined Xpresstival in Cardiff. Plus, the dream poppers were looking a little more polished in their latest video for ‘Who We Are’, ahead of the release of their highly anticipated SPINN EP! Their EP launch at East Village Arts Club, Liverpool unsurprisingly sold out in no time.
As the Summer opened, SPINN performed at Close Up Festival, London and Liverpool Sound City, as well as further shows in Leicester, Manchester and Milton Keynes in support of JUDAS. SPINN finished off May with performances at Brighton’s Shortt’s Bar and Cavern Club, Liverpool for BBC Music Introducing.
The quartet performed their first ever Derby show at The Sitwell Tavern in June, ahead of their next single release, ‘It’s Not Getting Better’. This track was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday, The Indie List, All New All Now, Transistor and Summer Indie playlists. Wow.
In July, alongside their signing with Modern Sky UK, SPINN signed a deal with Japan’s Rimeout Recordings for an exclusive mini-album! They worked on their fan base on the other side of the world playing shows in Tokyo in October, but SPINN had plenty of touring to do first. They stopped off at Chester’s Telford’s Warehouse, Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge and Heartbreakers Bar for their first ever show in Southampton.
‘Notice Me’ hit an incredible 2 million streams on Spotify, plus SPINN featured on the cover of Spotify’s Lo-fi Indie playlist. They finished off July playing Tramlines at Sheffield’s Café Totem and the Liverpool Next Gen stage at Liverpool International Music Festival.
SPINN released their fourth single of the year ‘Shallow’ in August which received a spin on The Selector radio station and was added to Spotify Germany’s Feelgood Indie playlist. Before heading off on tour yet again, SPINN opened the main stage at 110 Above Festival, and Jonny and Andy did an Amazing Radio guest mix!
September was an exciting month for the lads. Why, you ask? Well, they signed with AntiFragile in America, ‘It’s Not Getting Better’ received a sync on Made In Chelsea, they embarked on their debut headline tour (stopping off at Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bristol, London and Liverpool) and their next single ‘Boredom’ was released! These lads just don’t know how to rest. Boredom was subsequently added to Spotify’s famous New Music Friday playlist.
In October, the foursome didn’t feel the need for a break and headed straight to Durham University to play a set at their Freshers event, before performing at Twisterella Festival and two shows in Tokyo! ‘Boredom’ was added to a further two Spotify playlists, and SPINN returned to England to perform at Lending Room, Leeds.
Pushing on, SPINN released yet another track, their latest single ‘Bliss’ which landed spots in Spotify’s Hot New Bands and All New All Now playlists, as well as Amazing Radio’s Spotify playlist. Now, it’s surely time for a break. No? Of course not! SPINN headed out on yet another tour on the 16th, starting off at Banbury and also performed at Milton Keynes and Colchester last weekend.
Next up, they’re set to perform at The Hummingbird, Wolverhampton on the 14th and The Old Blue Last, London which has now sold out! Don’t miss their DJ set in Liverpool’s Sound in December, either.
Next year, SPINN are set to release their hotly anticipated debut album through Modern Sky UK and already have gigs lined up in Liverpool, London and Belfast. Don’t miss them when they’re near you! (Although judging by this year, they’ll probably be back in no time).
SPINN provided us with a more personal insight into their year:
“Ahh they grow up fast, don’t they? One whole year since we released ‘She Takes Her Time’, I cant believe it. To be fair, it’s been one of the craziest years of our collected lives. I mean, we went from playing to 3 people in Liverpool to 500 in less than a year. We went to Japan and people were singing our songs and recognising us on the streets. We also had numerous fights and laughs and rubbish shows and great shows and met loads of boss people and I’m ramblin’ but it’s because I’m happy!
“And I’m aware that this is starting to sound like a terrible terrible Alen Ginsberg poem, but that’s fine because I just wanna say thanks for everything to everybody who’s supported us over the last year. Hopefully, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing and making you lot proud and happy for another couple of years.
“Viva La SPINN!”