Photography from Spelling Reform©
We're Spelling Reform. Each of us had bumped around the awesome Philadelphia music scene for a while before the band formed last summer. We love good beer. We practice in a basement and we have to avoid our unhappy geriatric neighbour who goes to sleep at 9 p.m. We're not afraid to play 85 takes of a song to get it right in practice. We like Weezer, Wilco, The New Pornographers, Guided By Voices, Pavement.
Like The New Pornographers covering ‘Your Mother Should Know’ or John Darnielle fronting The National.
Fake Conversations is our "anthemic" tune that everyone latches on to, which is great. We had one friend say ‘The Boy Who Can't Read’ sounded like if "Television's Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd fronted The Beatles".
A bunch of our tunes address some heavy shit, but we're really just endlessly goofy. We waded into our neighbour's weedy yard to take our first band photos before we ever even played a note together. No one cared. Someone will say something silly at practice and then we'll just make up a dumb song about it. That happens constantly. It's never not fun.
We've got 15 songs earmarked for our next release, which will be an LP. Some of the cooler song titles include ‘For Clair Patterson’ ‘Tuscaloosa’ and ‘Drag Your Horse’. We'll start recording it later this summer or in the fall, I hope. Someday I'd like to make Spelling Reform coozies. Once we get those, we can call it a day.
Third Opinion: Spelling Reform are a bunch of young guys straight out of Philadelphia, PA, rocking the Ardmore Music Hall and Sunnyside Studios for their latest release Diving Bell. It doesn't seem like they take themselves very seriously and sometimes that's quite fun. We interview a lot of "serious" bands, and it's the relaxed which often stand out more.
The outfit like to compare their music to other bands and artists, so I might as well do the same. Imagine Woody Allen with more nasal doing an impression of Dan Bejar whilst playing a cover of The Beatles. Woah where did that one come from?! I like it though! I'm only half joking! More seriously, on their upcoming release Diving Bell Spelling Reform bring back the 90's while adding their own touch and sound. It is very similar to a lot of the earlier indie pop hailing from the mid to late noughties Northern America. Think Born Ruffians. Potentially Tokyo Police Club. Definitely Vampire Weekend. Singer Dan's voice is a clear double-edge-sword as you either like it or hate it.
Two tracks stand out for me. Fake Conversations is their best track. Imagine the Silver Jews... But perhaps better to wait until the EP comes out and you will be able to make your own comparisons.