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An American band

Big in U.K., Spinto Band brings show to W-B

When it comes to American audiences, The Spinto Band’s music might be lost in the translation. It’s a weird enough thing to say about a band from the U.S., but the Wilmington, Del., psychedelic indie pop band is a much larger attraction in England — say, opening for the Arctic Monkeys and appearing alongside Pearl Jam and Jamie Foxx on “Later With Jools Holland” — than it is here.

And that’s just fine with guitarist and singer Nick Krill.

“I feel like it feels normal for some reason,” Krill said in a phone interview last week from Dino and Francesco’s Pizza and Pasta House in Clarks Summit while in the area to work with local acts The Minor White and The Moneynotes. “It’s probably a combination of maybe the album was promoted a little stronger over there, and I think the fans over there were maybe a little more receptive to the kind of music we make. …

“It’s just like people like us more in New York than they do in Columbia, Mo. It’s like the same kind of feeling.”

The Spinto Band will headline a diverse all-ages bill Friday, Jan. 25 at Café Metropolis in Wilkes-Barre that also features Cabinet, The Sw!ms and The Moneynotes.

The Spinto Band recently wrapped the recording of “Moonwink,” the follow-up to 2005’s “Nice and Nicely Done” album. “Nice and Nicely Done” featured the single “Oh Mandy,” which was used by Sears in a TV commercial.

After a string of Northeastern dates that include the Wilkes-Barre stop, the Spinto Band will play at the influential South By Southwest showcase in Austin, Texas, and open a slew of shows for The Whigs, an Athens, Ga., group with some considerable buzz of its own. The Whigs will perform on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, Jan. 28 and are Spin Magazine’s current Breaking Artist.

From England to Metropolis

The Spinto Band’s upbeat sound might be best described as a more palatable Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. But unlike CYHSY, the Spinto Band deploys two alternating lead vocalists: Krill and Thomas Hughes. (The band is comprised of Krill, Hughes, Jon Eaton, Jeffrey Hobson, Sam Hughes and Joey Hobson.)

Friday’s Metropolis show is notable not only for its lineup and the Spinto Band’s Wilkes-Barre debut but also for a warrior theme — attendees dressed as warriors get $1 off admission — cooked up by The Sw!ms’ Brian Langan.

“I’m pretty excited,” Krill said. “It’s a pretty great lineup. Brian just sort of put it together, so I feel he gets all the credit for being an amazing ringleader for that. Every band on the bill, I’m really excited to see.

“I’ve never seen Cabinet before. The other bands are some of my most favorite bands to share the stage with. I mean The Moneynotes and The Sw!ms. … So that’s amazing. And we’re excited to play Metropolis as well, so it should be fun.”

It’s a much smaller stage and situation compared to some of the higher-profile gigs the Spinto Band has been a part of recently, including the 2006 trek with the Arctic Monkeys, a punkish U.K. band whose 2006 release “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” was at the time the fastest-selling debut album in British music history. The Spinto Band’s tour with the Arctic Monkeys was that year.

“It was cool,” Krill said. “They were a lot of fun. They’re good fellas, and it was kind of fun to be a fly on the wall through all that pandemonium.”

The “Jools Holland” performances, which were originally aired last May, were rebroadcast on U.S. cable station Fuse earlier this week.

Local ties

In addition to his work with The Spinto Band, Krill works as a producer and engineer. He mixed Philadelphia group The Teeth’s “You’re My Lover Now” and recently finished mixing the new record from National Eye, another Philly band.

“I also just recorded some stuff with the Minor White, which was amazing,” Krill said. “Those guys are really talented. I’m going to be mixing the new Moneynotes, as well.”

Krill also produced “Where You Went?,” the 2007 Okay Paddy EP.

It’s a lot of local ties for a musician who will make his Wilkes-Barre debut on Saturday. But that’s not all: Krill called us back to share that he’s named after a former Wilkes-Barre coal miner. So maybe the Spinto Band, beginning this weekend, can begin establishing a second home in Northeastern Pennsylvania.



What: Warrior Party

Who: The Spinto Band, w/ The Sw!ms, Cabinet, The Moneynotes

Where: Café Metropolis,

94 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre

When: Fri. Jan. 25,

doors, 7 p.m., show, 8 p.m.

Cost: $8, $1 off if dressed like warrior; all ages

Info: www.spintoband.com, www.myspace.com/thespintoband, www.cafemetropolis.com, www.myspace.com/cafemetro

“It was cool. They were a lot of fun. They’re good fellas, and it was kind of fun to be a fly on the wall through all that pandemonium.”

Nick Krill of The Spinto Band, on touring with the Arctic Monkeys
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