Sean Armstrong kindly answered some questions for us about Spinning Coin, their sound and their newest EP!
3rd: Whose idea was it to organize Glasgow Welcome The Refugees and how was it?
Sean Armstrong: I think it was Rob Churm's original idea but lots of people got on board pretty quick because it's something we all care about. It felt natural to try to help people in a bad situation. Also I think it's our government's fault and it feels important to separate ourselves publicly from the line they are taking.
3rd: Spinning Coin's sound in one sentence would be...?
Classic rock for cats.
3rd: Spinning Coin is like a DIY super group. What triggered the formation of the band?
I think it does a bit of a disservice to our other groups to call us a supergroup. 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.
3rd: You're all part of different bands then. Concretely, what's your ambition with Spinning Coin?
Personally, I'd really like to tour a lot and see the world, make friends, listen to music and be free.
"I'm looking forward to all of the dates and meeting up with friends I don't get to see that often".
3rd: Your first release showcases the variety of sounds and the ethos you all bring to this outfit. How easy or hard is it to remain coherent and restrain to one particular sound?
It's quite easy because we don't really think about it, and just kind of throw it all together. I think it's good to keep a pretty loose grip on these things to allow all the elements to come through.
3rd: Hanging Gown and Albany stand out for me. Could you tell us more about these two tracks?
Hanging Gown is one of Jack's songs. It's pretty rocking and angry sounding. I'm not really sure what it's about but I love playing it. Albany was named after a close of flats on Sauchiehall Street called Albany Mews. It's about being open and welcoming, I think.
3rd: This new release to me sounds more rock & roll than the previous one. Think Tanks for instance is pretty mad 50's! But then Metronome River offers a softer side of Spinning Coin. Contrast, is it important in music?
Yes, contrast in many ways is good! 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.
3rd: This release also sounds more coherent, like you're all on the same page. Do you feel it as well or has it always been the case since day one?
We had only played a few gigs when we recorded the first tape. It was around this time last year when Cal joined, and straight away it sounded way way better, and we learnt a set and recorded it. Everything's changing all the time and it's really nice to share time and create stuff with friends. 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.
3rd: You're about to embark on a small UK Tour. How does it feel? Is there a show you're particularly looking forward to?
None in particular. I'm looking forward to the whole tour! It's what I want to do with my life. I feel prepared. I'm looking forward to all of the dates and meeting up with friends I don't get to see that often.