Photography by Scott Whitehill©
I've repeatedly told you about Glasgow and its music community. It's a strange, strong and beautiful thing. From the up-and-coming Catholic Action to the sixties revivalists Acting Strange and DIYers Dune Witch Trails; Glasgow is easily one of the best cities for music in the United Kingdom.
Now I'd like to introduce Spinning Coin, who today release their second EP via Scottish label Fuzzkill Records. The Glasgow outfit are long-time runners in the Scottish music community. Singer Sean Armstrong, guitarist Jack Mellin, bassist Cal Donnelly and drummer Chris White are all part of a vast connection of others groups. A DIY super group you may think? Sean tells otherwise…
“I think it does a bit of a disservice to our other groups to call us a super group. We've been in lots of other bands so we've had lots of practice. We all share a rehearsal space, and tend to just jam with whoever's around, and one day this magic combination occurred”.
There’s no hierarchy here in Spinning Coin. That could well be their biggest strength. Each member brings their own particular style or sound which completes the picture to the point where Spinning Coin are now undoubtedly on the rise, effortlessly churning out great pieces of indie pop music.
“There's no main songwriter, so you might find that some of the songs sound quite different to one other, but we don't think there's any harm in that because we didn't want to make a really specific sound".
Their first release entitled Tape was a top effort. The track Albany is the clear standout, a track full of promises. By the time of this second release the band is now delivering upon these promises. Spinning Coin are working together to create a rock sound scape. It's about the sound, the melody and the attitude. It’s a kind of jam-centric record which feels like the outfit have found their style; their style being they don’t have one.
“We're trying really hard to remain coherent and if it resembles or doesn't resemble music in any way then we are delighted about that”.
Get it? I like the spirit anyway! To me, this new release marks a massive step up for the band, going from promising demo-tape to full convincing EP. Though the album depends heavily on powerful riffs and infectious hooks, it also leaves room for calm. The best track? The opener You Don't Look The Same, no doubt.