Last November I met Nick Coombs, member of The Spins, while I was visiting my best friend at Montclair University. He stood in the dorm hallway strumming his acoustic guitar to a Keaton Henson song. After hearing the first notes of that song I had ask about his band, which my best friend told me about. I asked a couple questions and then locked myself in my best friend's bathroom and began to listen to one of their songs called "Car Crash". I became instantly hooked.
In May I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I stumbled across The Spins newest single "Where I've Been"; I downloaded it on my Spotify and listen to it on repeat about 10 times.
A year ago Nick Coombs (vocalist/ rhythm guitarist) was planning to start a band with Freddy Smith (the drummer), Jimmy Barr (the lead guitarist), Luke Talmadge (the bassist) and he needed to come up with a band name. Nick was with a good friend of his and spent the night drinking and smoking. When he had a little too much to drink he got "the spins" and ended up throwing up outside of his friends car. In that moment he came up with calling the band The Spins.
The Spins have a considerable number of influences. Jimmy's and Freddy's influences include rock legends such as, Rush, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, The Who and The Black Sabbath. Luke's and Nick's influences include indie rock and grunge artists such as, Nirvana, Mac Demarco, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Pat the Bunny. There is also some modern pop/rock influences that the band overall feels inspired by such as, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, The Districts, The Foo Fighters, and Say Anything.
The band's dreams are to perform with artists such as Brand New and The Districts. The Spins even said, "It would be a huge honor and a crazy experience to be able to perform with Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, or Ed Sheeran. It would be insane to play with any of these artists and to play for such a big crowd."
Sadly, the biggest challenge for The Spins is money. "It's hard for four guys in college to cover all the expenses it takes to record an EP, drive to all the shows, and buy new gear. Luckily, we've been able to make it work thanks to or extremely flexible and affordable audio engineers. We recorded this EP at Super Duper Sounds with Cooper Davis and Brain Bernotas."
A huge change The Spins would like to see in the music industry is the control of record label on artists. "We think that the internet being such a prevalent medium for music today, there is no reason why artists should have to answer to anyone but themselves or meet any specific requirements in order to make music. It is completely possible for an artist in this day and age to work their way up and become completely successful on their own, through the utilization of social media and internet based advertisment." Artists like Chance the Rapper are winning Grammy's and becoming one of the biggest artists of our generation without being signed to a record label. The Spins would love to see more independent artists. "It's necessary for artists to express themselves without a filter."
The Spins best experience was their Halloween show. They threw a huge show with The Cart Boys and Pe$o the Misfit. The best part of the show was that over 300 people showed up and when the band played their set people sang along to their songs, which felt surreal. According to the band it felt like dream.
The Spins want to publicly thank their friend Tim for everything he has done for the band. "without him, none of this would have been possible and we wouldn't have as much success as we have right now." Tim recorded their four original demo's on Soundcloud. The Spins said that, " He's one of our best friends and we consider him to be 'The Fifth Spin'. We are extremely grateful for his paitence and all that he does for us, thanks Tim!"
Keep an eye out for The Spins new EP, which comes out June 23rd. Make sure to check out their songs by clicking the link below.
Also you can find them on Instagram, @thespinsareaband .