SPINN - O2 Academy, Liverpool
Fresh off the back of their largest headline tour to date, SPINN blew the roof off Liverpool’s Academy in a triumphant homecoming gig.
Emerging on stage to the sound of Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round, SPINN are not a band that take themselves too seriously, supplying a high energy and thoroughly enjoyable show without the pretence that preoccupies so many other artists.
Opening with She Takes Her Time, this was a set perfectly tailored to a hometown audience, the majority of whom had been following them from the beginning with an equal mix of songs from older EPs and newer album tracks. SPINN’s on stage presence is a force to be reckoned with, with frontman Johnny Quinn dancing with a fervour throughout the set that seemed to defy the capabilities of the human body, the perfect accompaniment to their signature upbeat jangle. Plowing through the set into Green Eyes, the Liverpudlian four piece proved that they are more than adept at more rock fuelled numbers as well as indie pop bangers.
Not a soul in the room remained still throughout the set, with the enthusiasm on stage being mirrored perfectly by the audience for the duration, with even the new, unheard before songs being met by dancing and cheers. There is something about a homecoming gig in the North West that Liverpool only cemented that night, a pure sense of pride and joy in the success of their fellow scousers was evident and a joyful addition to the atmosphere of the packed out Academy. From the buoyant Who You Are into an acoustic rendition of the low and slow July, At a Glance the band took any technical difficulties in their stride and continued to entertain with stunning ability throughout.
The Scouse attitude and swagger remains a key element of SPINN’s appeal, making the bold claim that they had “created a song better than Wonderwall” before breaking into Bliss, maintaining incomparable energy and letting the audience believe that they had. Not only are SPINN unique in the music they are producing, but also in the vibe they create, with the audience only ceasing from their incessant mosh pits to listen intently to Quinn’s pleas to vote and vote Labour. The politically charged It’s Not Getting Better was up next, maintaining high energy while lamenting on the state of the country in 2019.
The band’s appreciation for this reception was evident, after a resounding rendition of Notice Me, Quinn thanked the audience from the bottom of his heart, listing the bands they had seen in this very venue that had inspired them to start a band in the first place; “everything from now is a bonus”.
Despite still being relatively new to the scene, SPINN seem to have mastered the art of a live show, the audience remained under their thumb for the duration, with half of the charm being how down to earth the performers on stage were. If their homecoming show was anything at all to go by, big things are in the store for this band in 2020, and you would be stupid not to be keeping up.
Photography by Izzy Williams