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Free at Noon

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December 12, 2008
The Spinto Band at World Cafe Live

The Spinto Band joins us for a Free At Noon Show on December 12 at World Cafe Live. A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

The Spinto BandThe Spinto Band, an indie-pop group from Wilmington, Delaware, had a notably unique, nostalgic start. In 1996, Nick Krill was poking around some personal effects of his guitar-playing grandfather, Roy Spinto. Spinto had scribbled songs on the back of Cracker Jack boxes and then kept them. When Krill found some particularly inspiring lyrics, he decided to join a band of six members called Free Beer, bringing the lyrics along. The band was subsequently re-namedThe Spinto Band in honor of Roy Spinto, and founding members Jon Eaton, Thomas Hughes, Joe Hobson, Sam Hughes, Jeff Hobson are going strong twelve years and numerous releases later.

The Spinto Band has been compared to Flaming Lips and Pavement for its complex, indie-pop sound. With just a hint of electronica and a multi-faceted harmony, mandolins and catchy beats, their signature sound is influenced by what they call the Five B's: Bacharach, Beatles, Beach Boys, Berlin, and Bowie.

Independent in sound as well as production, they didn't sign on with a label until their eighth album, Nice and Nicely Done, in 2005. Once Nice and Nicely Done was released, it was nabbed for re-release by Virgin UK. Three years later, after several singles and high-profile shows, the band started working on their ninth album, Moonwink. Produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Built To Spill, Billy Bragg,and Mates of State) and engineer Tchad Blake (Tom Waits, Los Lobos, Cibo Matto, and Paul Simon), Moonwink evidences maturation of the band's sound, and continues with their unique, infectious indie-pop sound.

The Spinto Band is currently touring North America in support of their latest release.

Origin: Wilmington, DE
Recent Release:
Release Date: September 22 (UK), October 7 (US)
Label: Park The Van / Fierce Panda

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