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Upcoming shows: David Thomas Broughton... Haiku Salut: Christmas Lamp Show... Honeyfeet... The Deslondes... Liima... Willy Vlautin... Will Varley... Jen Cloher... The Lovely Eggs... Loney dear... Gun Outfit... Spinning Coin... The Handsome Family... The BellRays... Karl Blau... Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker... Brooke Sharkey... Lilly Hiatt... Josh Rouse... Pinkshinyultrablast... I’m With Her... The Breath...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 1 March 2018
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be working with Glasgow’s Spinning Coin for the first time!

Over the space of three years, two singles and countless gigs, including tour supports with Teenage Fanclub and Real Estate, Spinning Coin have determinedly made their music heard: beautifully rough-hewn guitar pop that takes in frustration and escapism, but also gracefulness and splendour. Their first album, Permo, recorded with Edwyn Collins at his AED Studios, and at Glasgow’s Green Door with Stu Evans, captures this balance perfectly. It’s an album both of bold steps and of simple gestures, coming from a group who have found, seemingly effortlessly, a confident, unpretentious way of working together.

It’s partly down to their history. Starting out in 2014 as a four-piece – Sean Armstrong (guitar, vocals), Jack Mellin (guitar, vocals), Cal Donnelly (bass) and Chris White (drums) – the members of Spinning Coin have all been involved in collective, DIY music-making. They may have formed out of Armstrong’s project, the Sean Armstrong Experience, but their unique sound coalesced quickly, with Armstrong and Mellin both bringing songs to the group. Sometimes, their material is sculpted from jamming in their practice room: it’s an egalitarian way of working, a politic reflected in much of the members’ other music too, whether White’s involvement with the Winning Sperm Party collective, Donnelly’s membership of Breakfast Muff, or Mellin’s time with Smack Wizards.

Spinning Coin released a few cassettes in 2015, but made their first forays into wider consciousness with two seven-inch singles, 2016’s Albany / Sides and this year’s Raining On Hope Street / Tin, both released on The Pastels’ Domino imprint, Geographic Music. Taken together, they sketched out some parameters for the group’s songwriters – Armstrong more melancholic, Mellin’s songs full of nervous energy – with Donnelly and White framing the melodies with deft touches. But initial appearances can be deceiving, and one of the revelations of Permo is its breadth, the way both Armstrong and Mellin are happy to experiment, to take a risk on the next melody, and to see it take flight in unexpected ways.

They’ve also just welcomed new member Rachel Taylor, who appears on the album, offering, amongst other things, ghostly backing vocals on Running With The World. That’s a typically Spinning Coin development: a group fiercely engaged with community, welcoming new experience into their orbit, and looking for ways to move forwards with a warmth for humanity. It’s writ large across Permo – finding better ways to live, and to be together in the world, against the odds.

‘It’s very much an album out of time, music made out of love, rather than in pursuit of a trend’ – the Guardian

Local support comes from Sprinters. Sprinters is the project of Manchester based songwriter Neil Jarvis. The indie rock quartet recently released their self-titled debut LP on Manchester label Icecapades, receiving acclaim from the likes of The Skinny, Gold Flake Paint and Piccadilly Records. The band recently finished a tour of the UK and over the past two years have have played support slots for high profile acts such as The Monochrome Set, Elvis Depressedly, Chastity Belt and Holy Wave.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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