Spun Out

City: Chicago
Country: USA
Genre: Indie
Styles: Indie Rock, New Wave, Synthpop
on hashbrandnew.com since August 21, 2020

It's easy to get lost in Spun Out's lush and immersive songs. On their debut album Touch The Sound, the Chicago outfit has created something expansive and exciting across 10 tracks. Full of mesmerizing grooves, melancholic pop bliss, and thrilling studio experiments, the LP is a document of a band truly pushing themselves. With songs simultaneously perfect for a packed rock club or a sweaty dance floor, this is an album that instantly grabs you and takes hold with each successive listen.

Spun Out's story starts with the end of NE-HI. As their former band ended its influential half-decade run in 2019 as one of Chicago's foremost indie rock acts, Mikey Wells, James Weir, and Alex Otake continued making music together. "We were all wanting to try new sounds and doing Spun Out gave us an opportunity to really explore," says Wells. While they had spent years making four-piece indie rock, their new material reflected their evolving tastes with more danceable, spacey, and heady textures. "We were already moving towards a new sound. We were on the same page. It instantly felt right when we first started writing together," says Otake.

The band's first few writing sessions were a whirlwind of creativity and soul-searching. "If we're going to do this, it needs to be really open and collaborative emotionally and artistically," says Wells. They enlisted Josh Wells (Destroyer) as producer and his approach to generating new sounds fit seamlessly with the band's newfound ethos.

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