Glasgow’s Spinning Coin recently released Not A Dream, the B-side to their upcoming single Vision At The Stars. The quartet made up of Sean Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Jack Mellin (vocals, guitar), Rachel Taylor (bass, vocals) and Chris White (drums) released their new 7” single on 30th August via The Pastels’ imprint Geographic Music. Sean spoke in more depth with The Fountain about working with Geographic Music as well as the new single.
TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?
It’s hard to say really! There have been a few nice online posts about the single, where you can tell the writer is really into it, and then there are some where they seem indifferent. That being said, it feels like we are super privileged to have the coverage we do.
TF: With a title like Not A Dream, what can we expect from this single?
You can expect to hear a song that is a reaction against being constantly ‘informed’ and ‘advised’ by voices that rarely fail to patronize. The news is so repetitious and tends to cause so much confusion that sometimes some of the public begins to believe that what they are being told is important or true. Not a dream is about wanting to drop away from the heavily prescribed topics of the day, and desiring to follow your imagination; but meanwhile finding it nearly possible to do so because of the constant 360 degree barrage of false/mis- information.
TF: And how was it to work with Geographic Music?
Working with Stephen and Katrina has been great in a lot of ways. They’re both brilliant songwriters, and not in a normal way either, but in ways that are very soulful and strange and unique. We have a lot of material and tend to want to move fast, while they seem to appreciate a slower pace, but we find a balance between us.
TF: Will you be promoting the album with a tour at all, will we have the pleasure of seeing you live in Glasgow?
We are planning to go on tour when the album is released. There’s a really good chance we’ll be playing in Glasgow, as two of our members, Jack and Chris live there. It’s also where our amps live, and where we started playing.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
There are a lot of favourites, maybe all of them. Some that come to mind are Barrowlands with Teenage Fanclub and Cafe De La Danse with Real Estate. Personally I really enjoyed when we booked our own tour last summer and played in some smaller venues. Toulouse was really great. We played in an ex-squat that was run by a community that lived there and we stayed with a really nice guy called Luc. It was really hot that evening and the venue was packed, and people stayed up all night afterwards drinking pastis. The band playing before us seemed to be a comedy act, and they had
brilliant musicians. I couldn’t understand the lyrics, because my French isn’t very good, but people in the crowd were going crazy for it. The music seemed to be really multi-dimensional and brilliant, and in a way I think it made it better that I couldn’t understand the words. We really didn’t know how well our set would go down after this, but it ended up being one of the most fun gigs and best nights we’ve had!