Teaser 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=30M0fBaL544
Teaser 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgKTOEVP52I
On Stay Inside, the second full-length record from Philadelphia indie rock/power pop group Spelling Reform, the band jettisons the here-and-gone whipcrack tunes of previous releases and settles in with 10 introspective, mature and quiet-loud missives and character studies from quasi-adulthood. The album, recorded with Kyle Pulley (Thin Lips) at The Headroom in Philly, represents an exciting (slight) left turn for the band, whose members (including new keyboardist Jim Gannon) lean into longer songs, more choruses and (much) more synthesizer.
Lead singer Dan Wisniewski (with his love-it-or-hate-it vocals) delivers a set of contemplative and idiosyncratic songs on chronic illness, the explorer Meriwether Lewis and the iconic Board of Trade building in Chicago — all far from the relationship-tinged works the band has been known for. For fans of Wilco, Pixies, The Weakerthans, They Might Be Giants and Dinosaur Jr.
released April 5, 2019
Spelling Reform is:
Jim Gannon: keyboards, piano, synthesizers
Tom Howley: backing vocals, bass, discussion about cheesesteaks
Mark Rybaltowski: discussion about cheesesteaks, drums, percussion
Dan Wisniewski: acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, lead vocals, synthesizers
Arranged and performed by Spelling Reform. © 2019 Spelling Reform.
All songs written by Dan Wisniewski except lyrics for “174 Degrees” “All the Fun Parts Sanded Off,” “Feel Unwell” and “The Second Coming” by Rybaltowski/Wisniewski.
Recorded and mixed by Kyle Pulley at The Headroom (theheadroomphiladelphia.com
) in Philadelphia, PA. Assisted by Chance Halter, Jax Savage, Brendan Simpson and John Heywood. Additional recording done at Sunnyside Studios in Philadelphia. Mastered by Ryan Schwabe. Released by Black Rd Records (blackrdrecords.com
Photographs by Dan Wisniewski. Artwork and graphic design by John Cassidy.
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