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Behind the Video: SPiN’s Jim Vacca is “Dreaming” About the Band’s New Music Video

Check out our Behind The Video chat with SPiN bassist and keyboardist Jim Vacca on the band’s new “Dreaming” video, favourite aspects of music videos, and staying within budget.

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If you were “Dreaming” of new music from SPiN, well, you got it at the end of 2022 with the release of the band’s brand-new single. It’s nice to see a return from the pop rock act after a long layoff since their 2020 single “Thought I Knew You” and their 2018 record Make Me Move. “Dreaming” is a bit of a throwback track to the radio rock of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly that era’s type of songwriting, with modern production features that builds and builds towards a memorable culmination by the final chorus. The music video to go along with “Dreaming” is a nice accompaniment, with a storyline that alternates between dream and reality, and also touches on bullying and exclusion, merely based on being “different.”

Originally from Philadelphia, SPiN is a power-pop quartet that first appeared on the scene in 2010 with the release of their debut EP. Their bond extends back to the friendships they made with each other in high school, and that has developed and fostered great chemistry and energy between the four members. They have established themselves over the years through lots of touring, but also some clever licensing of their songs to both films and on television.

The music video for “Dreaming” really stands out, thanks to its charming storyline and old-style appeal. We recently had a Behind The Video chat with bassist and keyboardist Jim Vacca, in which he discusses directing the video himself, his favourite aspects of music videos, and staying within budget.

Who directed the video?

Jim Vacca: “I did actually! On our early videos where we hired an outside director, we found that our vision wasn’t quite coming across as we wanted it to. I have some experience in the film industry, so we decided to keep 100 percent creative control on the videos just like we’ve had for a while now on the music.”

Where was it made?

“We had three different sets located around Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs over three days, though we never actually filmed at one of them (see below). We shot at a killer local record shop in Philly called Positively Records and on a beautiful college campus just outside of the city.”

What are some of your favourite music videos? What about when you were growing up?

“I loved the Foo Fighters early videos and some of their more recent ones too. Love the way they use humour, even though the songs aren’t funny. Videos like ‘Learn to Fly,’ ‘Big Me,’ ‘Everlong,’ etc. One of these days we’re going to have to do something along these lines!”

Was there anything during the making of this (or any other) music video that happened unexpectedly, or you were surprised to learn?

“Funny you should ask! On day two of our shoot for ‘Dreaming,’ we arrived to set with our cast and crew of about 35 people. It was a rich people’s catholic grade school campus and although we had been scheduled to be shooting there weeks in advance, the staff didn’t seem to have any idea what was going on. Somehow, the head nun in charge researched the band, watched our ‘Zombie Girl’ music video, and immediately kicked us all off campus as a ‘security concern.’”

Which statement seems most true to you: Music videos are a “high” form of art; music videos are a “low” form of art; music videos can be “high” or “low” art; it doesn’t matter, all art is art; it doesn’t matter, nothing really matters.

“We definitely see the potential for music videos to be considered a high form of art. People can really seem to listen with their eyes.”

Artwork for the single “Dreaming” by SPiN

What’s your favourite thing about music videos?

“They can offer a new visual perspective on the music, or an explanation of the song. But they can also represent something counter to the meaning of the song to create a juxtaposition rather than be on the nose. I like how it’s possible for someone to not really dig a song, then see the video, and change their mind. Of course, that works the other way around too…”

Any concepts where you started and midway through thought, what the fuck are we doing?

“Yeah, all the fucking time! Perhaps the best example is the music video for our cover of ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light,’ where we superimposed Meatloaf’s head over all our heads.”

How important are music videos in terms of increased exposure?

“For us, they’re huge! YouTube is by far our best platform with something like 85 million views and 140,000 subscribers, so yeah, music videos are integral to our career at this point.”

How important of a role does social media play in sharing videos and increasing exposure?

“It’s everything! See the last question.”

Did “Dreaming” have a budget and were you able to stick with it?

“Yes, we had a budget. Turns out we’re not quite banking that Taylor Swift money just yet. No, we couldn’t stick to it because of the above-mentioned lost production day where we got booted off set but still had to pay the cast, crew, catering, etc. Turned out for the best anyway, as the college we filmed at was a way better location for our story and we think it turned out awesome. Hope you guys dig it too!”

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SOiL Announce November UK Headline Tour Dates

Chicago’s SOiL has announced a run of special “All Scars” UK dates for November 2024. Find out more including who will be joining them…

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SOiL, photo by Tricia Starr (TStarr Photography)
SOiL, photo by Tricia Starr

Chicago rockers SOiL will return to the UK for the first time since 2019 this coming November 2024. The band will be joined on the tour by (Hed)PE, Nonpoint, and the return of Texas nu-metal pioneers The Union Underground.

This fully packed “Era” package will see SOiL performing songs exclusively from their 2001 hit album Scars with tracks such as “Halo,” “Unreal,” “Breaking Me Down,” and including deep cuts like “Two Skins” and “Understanding Me.” This marks the first time since the release of the album Scars that SOIL has played an “All Scars” set.

Speaking about the tour, guitarist Adam Zadel remarked:

“This will be an epic return to the UK for us. The album Scars was an instant hit in the UK and has maintained its status for over 20 years. It’s going to be exciting to play an exclusive set for the UK fans.”

SOiL bassist Tim King added:

“To share this “Scars Only” event with our wonderful UK fans is going to be super exciting. On top of that, to also be alongside all our dear friends in (Hed)PE, Nonpoint, and The Union Underground is going to make this a tour to remember for many years to come.”

Catch the four bands on the following dates in November 2024.

Tour Dates:

11/05 – Bristol – O2 Academy
11/06 – London – Electric Ballroom
11/08 – Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
11/09 – Manchester – Academy 2
11/10 – Nottingham – Rock City
11/12 – Glasgow – SWG3
11/13 – Newcastle – Riverside
11/15 – Swansea – Patti Pavillion
11/16 – Southampton – The 1865

For more information and ticket details, head over to the Official SOil Website here.

SOiL UK Tour 2024 Poster Artwork

SOiL UK Tour 2024 Poster Artwork

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Glixen – “foreversoon” [Song Review]

On “foreversoon,” Glixen created a song where youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear,

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Glixen “foreversoon” single artwork

It’s been less than a year since Glixen released their debut EP, She Only Said, on Julia’s War Records. Still, the Phoenix shoegazers have already dug their heels into the DIY music scene and are heading out on an extensive US tour this year alongside the likes of Interpol, Softcult, Glitterer, and fish narc. Appearances at SXSW and Treefort will only further cement their reputation as a new band worthy of note.

To herald the busy year ahead, the band has released a new single, “foreversoon,” via the AWAL label, and it’s well worth a listen.

Says lead vocalist Aislinn Ritchie:

“‘foreversoon’ represents blissful moments of new love and intimacy. The song harnesses melancholy chords, layered with fuzzy red melodies and gliding guitars that pull you in deeper. I wanted my lyrics to feel like a conversation that expresses my infatuation and sensuality. Time is relentless and memories are fleeting, this song encapsulates those emotions forever.”

It’s a fair summation. Its youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear, think Ride, Curve and Slowdive, but with the fuzz cranked up possibly higher. Ritchie’s vocals certainly share that dreamlike quality of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, and with many of those bands back on the road this year, perhaps the time is ripe to inject fresh blood into the genre.

Glixen, photo by Jesse Beecher

Glixen, photo by Jesse Beecher

Run Time: 3:43
Release Date: February 9, 2024
Record Label: AWAL Recordings

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Slightest Clue Release Their Rocking, Five-Track EP ‘Carousel’

Vancouver indie rockers Slightest Clue recently released their ‘Carousel’ EP, inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

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Slightest Clue

Vancouver’s Slightest Clue is like the secret after-school project of four kids who would have passed each other without a glance in the hallway at school, but once they’re plugged in and ready to play their distinct blend of post-punk, alternative rock, and dark pop, all bets are off.

Produced by Matt Di Pomponio, their new EP, Carousel, is inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a formative romantic relationship, spanning the trajectory from love to this loss of connection. The closing track, “Carousel,” marks the ultimate bittersweet reflection with unique harmonic layers to portray those contrasting emotions, shifting between grand and quiet tones.

Commenting on the album, the band states:

“The main theme is love, loss of relationship, and connection. The arc of the story is our foreshadowing of the end in our first song ‘These Days’ speaking on the day to day fights and how neither person can seem to get back to a happy place in the relationship. ‘Why Can’t I Call You?’ is the initial spark of infatuation and obsession with someone before you know them. ‘When You Wake Up’ talks of the blissed out honeymoon stage where everything is working and nothing could go wrong. ‘Suit Uptight!’ represents the mounting frustrations and resentments building tension from unmet needs. And finally our closing track ‘Carousel’ is the end and the bittersweet reflection of a cherished relationship that can no longer return.”

Each member, Malcolm McLaren, Hannah Kruse, Sean Ries, and Nick Sciarretta, brings distinct influences and experiences: a stage actor whose playlists go from Talking Heads to Sonic Youth to Björk, a hook-obsessed recovering choir girl, an electrical engineer whose personal idol is John Bonham, and a guitarist who played for (and left) 10 other bands before deciding this was the one for him.

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

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