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After a sip of international superstardom, Delaware’s own Spinto Band is back with a new album.
Two summers ago, the Spinto Band—six floppy-haired, kazoo-tooting guys from Wilmington—hit the big time. The quirky indie band found success and lots of fans thanks to some poppy, super-catchy tunes. The response in America was favorable. The response in England was rapturous.
Their debut LP, “Nice and Nicely Done,” struck a cord overseas, when it was released there in 2006. Perhaps the pinnacle of their stardom occurred in August that year, when the Spinto Band took the festival stage at Bramham Park in Leeds, England, in front of thousands of screaming Brits. That May, they performed on “Later…With Jools Holland,” a late-night BBC program.
“We were kind of pegged as the next big thing over there,” says Spinto keyboardist Sam Hughes. “We sold a lot of records over there. We still struggle to get that much popularity in the U.S. Still, it’s weird going over to the UK and having people recognize us.”
The band’s long-awaited sophomore album, “Moonwink,” came out October 7. Hughes says the band retained the bubbly pop joy of previous albums, but the new disc has a bit more, shall we say, gravitas? “It’s maybe not as easily accessible as the last album,” Hughes says, “maybe just a bit more complex in some of the arrangements.”
After much deliberation and shopping for a new record label, the Spintos landed on Philly-based Park the Van Records, a hip, smallish label home to Philly groups like Dr. Dog, National Eye and the Capitol Years.
Hughes says the Spinto Band will continue playing its home state despite its fame, at venues like Mojo 13, Arden’s Gild Hall and East End Café in Newark. Catch them around town this fall. —Matt Amis
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