SPINN @ The Magnet 07/07/2017
On the back of their latest single ‘Notice Me‘, local lads SPINN, kicked off their tour at The Magnet.
SPINN’s night of giving their new single it’s live debut began with support from Cardiff rockers, Himalayas. Their aggressive style and climatic songs started the night in explosive fashion. With tracks like ‘Heaven Knows‘, they had an ability to have the early arrives hooked. The set concluded with frontman Joseph Williams, leaping off the stage to bring his intensity literally into the faces of crowd, ending their short set in style.
Lancashire residents Violet Youth provided dreamy indie songs that were captivating with their rising tempos and tension-releasing instrumentals. Their on-stage chemistry, or at the least their shared banter for teasing the drummer made for fun entertainment.
Giving a weird combination that was like if The Stone Roses and Bombay Bicycle Club did a collaboration, their style worked and as the crowd started to fill out more, it was clear that people found it irresistible to move along to their catchy melodies.
The spell they had cast over the audience was broken when the power went and threw the stage into darkness. Luckily everyone saw the funny side, even when a second bang went off as another fuse sparked. Just as it looked like Violet Youth’s set was going to be cut short, power returned and we were treated to one more song filled with soaring guitars and uplifting beat as they managed to carry on from where they left off.
Liverpool-based Echo Beach, were the final support act but had the stage presence and manner of a headliner. With stunning instrumentals and bass laden tracks that vibrated the ground, the energy created by the indie band was euphoric.
The performance was like a well oiled machine running smoothly without a hitch, with perfect transitions
into the next song, great sound and generally, just exciting music to enjoy. The Magnet was well and truly filling up by this point and as excitement levels were building for SPINN’s set, Echo Beach were in the midst of putting on a show that wouldn’t be forgotten.
SPINN took to the stage with a swagger and confidence that made you think that they were about to complete a fun night in great fashion. The set was littered with hard hitting rock and thrilling songs that were all thriller, no filler.
Frontman Johnny, holds the gift of the gab, cracking jokes between songs, giving shout outs to family members that he promised he wouldn’t swear in front of (which he inevitably did), to trying to set single friends up in the audience. His ability to make their set more like a party with friends than a show for people to watch created a great atmosphere in the packed Magnet.
Throughout the set mosh pits ensued, people danced and cheered and there was no room to rest or take a breather. The high energy of the performance from the band had the crowd in the palm of SPINN’s hand. New single ‘Notice Me‘ ended the show with its breezy and sun-soaked vibes but it seems that everyone was so invested in the show that even Johnny didn’t realise it was their last song. After returning to the stage via crowdsurfing, he looked down at the setlist to say “oh shit, that was our last song… unless you want one more? Anyone for a Smiths cover?”
As the iconic opening chords of ‘Charming Man‘ began, Johnny beckons as many people as possible to join the band on stage. The stage invasion resulted in the floor emptying rapidly and the stage being crammed with easily a quarter of those in the venue with the band on stage.
A broken up rendition of the Smiths classic, due to no room to play on stage, brought a rowdy night to an end in glorious fashion. SPINN’s hometown show was a resounding success on a sell-out night at The Magnet filled with exciting mixtures indie rock and pop tunes that can make anyone’s day better by just listening to them.
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