Formed in 1996 from the ashes of singer/guitarist John McNicholas’ original punk outfit Lie, Spiller made quite the impression on the Bay area’s musical landscape during their heyday almost a decade ago. Gold Leader (which was released on Super6 Records way back when) is an extremely charming set and marked by crunchy, grungy guitars buoyed by Marcus McCord’s bouncy, yet brawny bass lines. It’s all heavily garnished with the band’s penchant for sunny harmonies and infectious hooks that seemed destined for 90s radio gold. Spiller never “made it big,” but their return (guitarist Scott Harrell is no loner in the lineup and original drummer Pete Joseph has been replaced by Palantine frontman Vinnie Cosentino) is welcome breath of fresh air for sure.
Two bands, established surf-classic rock revivalists The Semis and up and coming St. Pete garage-rock sensation Michael Christmas, are set to play support on this must-see bill. More information and links to advance tickets are available on our calendar page. Have a listen, and get reacquainted with Spiller below.