Formed in Seattle in May 2008, this quintet offers a mellow yet soulful sound, sure to reel in a variety of music junkies.
Made up by Joe Syverson (Vocals, Guitar), Colin Wolberg (Guitar), Zach Tillman (Bass), Chris Early (Keys), and Colin English (Drums) Final Spins, who also have their hands in the honey pot of brother J. Tillman’s (Fleet Foxes) Pearly Gates project, debut with their album, This Is Then/That Was Now , a fluid listen comprised of songs that evoke the extremities of two basic emotions: from happiness to sadness; from dark to light. You’ll shed tears (Let Me Fall), and bop your head (Another Sunny Day) all in one stretch.
All seasoned players, Final Spins is quickly asserting themselves as a talented – and exciting – new group. Their music throbs with intensity and an intricacy that weaves influences spanning from rock to pop to folk. Obvious comparisons: Bon Iver and even The Byrds.
With the exception of big words, and barring the use of subtle metaphors: they are plain and simply awesome. It’s easy to imagine them sitting around, as the Seattle rain pours down, writing songs that capture the heavy, yet refreshing aspects of a rainy day.
Catch them live, one way or another, on their big day, July 22nd. They’re playing KEXP at noon, super cool Sonic Boom at 6pm and again, later at Sunset Tavern.
words by Sophie Lavet