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Albany / Sides
Released: 15th April 2016
Spinning Coin are a fiercely independent rock group from Glasgow, something you could probably guess by listening to any of their songs.
Their roots are all over the place but a simple love of playing together in their rehearsal space, and almost never turning down shows, has seen them coalesce a winning group sound in almost no time at all, becoming an important part of the UK’s always interesting DIY live music scene. Drummer Chris White is part of the Winning Sperm Party collective, who document of a world of shadowy Glasgow music running all the way from the Glasgow Music Collective to Fuzzkill Records today. All the other members of Spinning Coin – Sean Armstrong, Cal Donnelly and Jack Mellin see themselves as primarily coming from this scene.
Where Spinning Coin branch out from things is in their cascading melodicism topped with some amazing shredding. This connects into a slightly different Glasgow music scene more associated with Orange Juice, Teenage Fanclub, and of course The Pastels who are their current champions, releasing this first modestly magnificent effort on their Geographic Music imprint. Both songs are home-recorded but show off the group’s easy flair for getting things to sound right without trying too hard. Of the two, Albany is maybe the more classic, bittersweet, beautiful.
Sean says this: “Albany is a song that remains from a short period spent living in a flat with the address 'Albany Mews' on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. It was in the lead up to the Scottish referendum. I was very angry about politics at that time, and had begun to feel that the UK government and mainstream press were working together on instilling a basic distrust among people who might otherwise have united and voted for something more fair, and favourable to the majority. I wanted to express something opposite to that; and instead to promote tolerance, respect, and diversity.”
Sides is looser, less organised, a jam which Jack pulled into a song, showing off a different side to the group which they’re going to further explore over their forthcoming album. For now this is enough, a vibrant debut 45 cut at the famous Abbey Road studio. More to come, so much more.