New York, NY : NYC-based rock band, Spires , debut their video for “ In Between , ” from their recently released self-titled EP , on November 17th via NPR First Watch .
The trippy, retro vibe music video, directed by Kyle C. Mumford, features a mash-up of films from the 1970’s that are (possibly inadvertently) hilarious and made for spreading public awareness. Seamlessly edited into the footage are scenes of Matt Stevenson and Jack Collins playing on NYC rooftops, shot in the same gritty, VHS texture as the rest of the clips.
Matt Stevenson (singer, guitarist and songwriter of Spires) tells NPR First Watch , “I’ve always had a slightly paranoid edge and always consider all the unthinkably catastrophic things that can potentially happen in any given situation. My imagination tends to drift into dark areas a lot faster than it should and I think a lot of the lyrics in “In Between” sort of reflect that. I kept this in mind while thinking about ideas for a video and after I met Kyle this past summer I sent him about and hour and a half worth of these eerie, almost funny public information films from the 70s. He cut them up and mixed them in with vhs footage he shot of Jack and I on my roof and his own stop-motion animation.”
L Magazine says, “ They toe the line between light and dark, blending head-in-the-clouds drugginess with sobering guitar pop to keep you in a state of happy balance.” NME raves, “This lot are the real deal.”
Brooklyn Vegan , who premiered the band’s single “ Parallel Lines ” from the new EP, said, “ Producing themselves this time, the band moves away from the more overt paisley psych tropes. Still a little hazy, this is just hooky guitar pop, not beholden to any particular decade.”
Consequence of Sound premiered the EP’s single, “ Nothing More ,” which they claim to be “dreamy” and says has “ otherworldly aesthetics.”
PopMatters says, “Spires tosses in a little bit of twee as well for a good balance of braggadocio and
sensitivity,” referencing the debut EP. Entering the NYC indie music scene during a Residency at Pianos , Spires has continued to make waves with features in Brooklyn Vegan , Consequence of Sound , PopMatters , NYLON , a session for KEXP and, of course, The New York Times .
The band has also played key music festivals, such as Northside Festival in Brooklyn, SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York City. After a successful festival circut, the band began touring with soaring indie acts, including Widowspeak, Temples , Hookworms, The Horrors , Toy , Noah and the Whale and The Allah-Las .
Their debut single to date, “ Candy Flip ,” was hailed in the US and in the UK, where it was released on Too Singles Club and sold out within a day. Watch the music video HERE . Famed fashion source, The Kooples, used “Candy Flip” for the soundtrack of their Spring / Summer collection and BBC 6 Music named it their single of the week.
Their five-song debut, self-titled EP was released worldwide on November 13th. The collection was produced by Spires’ singer/guitarist Matt Stevenson and bassist/guitarist Jack Collins with Connor Hanwick of The Drums again lending a production hand with In Between , all tracks were mixed by Gabe MG.