It's Day 6 in our '7 Days Of Spiral' series, and we have chosen one of our favourite songs from 'Preston School Of Industry', the band Spiral formed after Pavement went into hibernation in 1999. The song is called 'Whalebones' and it was written by Spiral in the sessions for Pavement's final studio album, 'Terror Twilight'. We think it is an absolute belter, and hope it makes an appearance this coming Saturday at Nivara Lounge.
Day 5 in our '7 Days of Spiral' series features another new song from the most recent album 'Doris and The Daggers'. 'Exiled Tonight' features one of a number of 'indie celebs' to feature on the LP, Matt Berninger of The National. Here's a description of the track in Spiral's own words...
Dylan meets Smog/Eric Bachmann. I tried to sing like Matt Berninger from the National, but of course couldn’t so he came and sang with me. It was the last song I had to finish. I had terrible lyrics and my engineer Dan said, "those suck. come back with something better”. Well, that night, I had a dream about Darius (Spiral's old drummer who sadly passed away) and how he was stuck in the afterlife. I think finishing this song was a sign that we could move on. Deep Water!
Only 5 more sleeps! For Day 4, we've selected a rousing version of 'Summer Babe', possibly the greatest song ever written, performed by Spiral with Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, in San Francisco last year at Spiral's 50th birthday bash.
Get over to undertheradar.co.nz to secure your ticket for Saturday's show --> HERE
Day 3 in our '7 Days of Spiral' brings us a fantastic song from the most recent Spiral album, 'Doris and the Daggers'. This video, of the song 'Angel Eyes', was part of a recent KEXP session and reminds us of Springsteen in his prime. Don't take our word for it though, have a listen and decide for yourself...
Day two in our '7 Days of Spiral' series, is a quick one, because yours truly has a few beers on board, and Alistair Cook just got caught on the boundary leading to quiet fume and the inability to think of anything overly clever. Alas, the show must go on...
'Kennel District', from the album Wowee Zowee, is an amazing Spiral-sung Pavement song and this is a cool video of it being played in New York's Central Park on the memorable reunion tour in 2010.
Rumour has it this is part of the live set for next week's show...get yr tickets quick!
There's a lot of excitement about the Spiral Stairs show next Saturday (Dec 2) at Nivara Lounge. One mega-fan who shall remain nameless told us this morning that it was like Christmas had come early for him, so we thought we'd make it a little more like Christmas by posting daily on each of the 7 days leading up tot he show!
Here's Spiral singing with Pavement on Dutch TV in the late 90's with a great song entitled 'For Sale! The Preston School Of Industry'. The program documented the writing of a song, and culminated in a performance at the end. It has never been released, as VPRO, the Dutch Station who owns the rights to the recording, demanded too much money! Have a listen...
Advance tickets available now at Under The Radar!
Spiral Stairs a.k.a. Scott Kannberg is something of a musical hero for us here at HUP HQ. Not only did he co-found one of our favourite ever bands, seminal indie-rock legends Pavement, his solo work as Preston School of Industry and more recently as Spiral Stairs has also delighted us for years. We were especially excited a few weeks back to secure a show by Spiral Stairs – Scott and his full band - here in Hamilton on Saturday December 2nd.
Arpie Shirehorse caught up with Scott a month out from the show to talk about a variety of subjects, including the fantastic most recent album ‘Doris and the Daggers’ released earlier this year, his love of The Clean, previous NZ visits, a love of cricket, and the possibility of a ‘new’ Pavement happening in a couple of years’ time to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary!
Head over HERE to read more! Get Tix for the show HERE!
After being active in the early to mid-1990s as a rock/punk band, and well-remembered for their early Greg Page claymation video 'Food', ‘5 Girls’ reformed in November last year with more of a country vibe. We talked to guitarist Vicki Greetis about performing together again, the band’s split-personality, and advice she would give her early-1990s self. Read our interview -> HERE <-