SPiN is a four-piece American modern pop/rock band from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area that released their first ep in 2007.
"Stellar musicianship, vocals and writing make this one not to be missed" says music and radio industry publication the Friday Morning Quarterback. It continues to call SPiN "easily one of the surprises of the year." The Philadelphia-area Modern Pop/Rock 4-piece began 2008 with news that its first single, "Home," entered the charts as the second-most added song in the country for two weeks straight. It went on to peak at number 7 on FMQB's Hot AC charts. Building on that momentum, SPiN toured around the U.S. providing support for multi-platinum acts such as Puddle of Mudd, Hinder, and Trapt as well as Rev Theory, Halestorm, SafetySuit, Red and more . Showing the band's crossover potential, it has also opened for acts like Fat Joe and Rob Base during tour stops covering more than 22 states. The band has played over 500 shows and as evidenced by Canada's music magazine Chartattack, "the pop-rock quartet are starting to break through on a national level."
SPiN's origins can be traced back to a Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania high school, where Vocalist Eric Rothenheber and Keyboardist Jim Vacca first began performing together. Guitarist Henry Cieplinski and Drummer Lou Chudnofsky were quickly added to the mix, and with the help of a local booking agent the tight-knit band of friends began playing regional shows 2-4 times a week. This heavy performance schedule, along with a demo cut in a friend's basement studio, helped secure national sponsorship by Herbal Liqueur brand Jägermeister, who has invited the band to be part of the highly successful Jäger Music Tour series. The building buzz caught the attention of Grammy-Winning producer David Ivory, who ended up producing SPiN's self-titled debut EP.
The EP has been met with favorable press in newspapers around the country, including the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer. Feature articles were written on the band in The Virginia Tribune, Baltimore Times, Florida Style magazine, Washington Informer and more. This national press, along with word-of-mouth reports of stellar live shows, has garnered the band invites to be featured guests at the Baltimore Music Conference, Unicity Performing Arts Festival, Millennium Music Conference, NYC's Meanyfest, and many other music industry events.
SPiN's sound has been described as alternative pop/rock infused with electronic elements and powerful vocal harmonies - reminiscent of bands like Muse, Queen, HIM, and The Cars It was also described in Wildy's World blog, "SPiN takes the melodic rock tendencies of 1970's heavyweights Styx or Queen while maintaining a modern edge that makes them highly appealing across several age demographics."
Cease and Desist:
Spin magazine has warned the band regarding the similarity of their name to the long-running music publication. On January 3, 2008 the band received a letter from the attorney for the publication's parent company Spin Media, LLC, claiming that the name "SPiN" constitutes trademark infringement "of the famous and valuable" Spin brand. The band has stated it will not give up the name due to this claim.
SPiN's music video for the song "Playing Dead" (featuring Kevin Momenee, who has appeared in episodes of the Sopranos, Mad Men, the Robert De Niro-directed film The Good Shepherd, and more) is in national rotation on Fuse TV on-demand and on Canadian Aux TV.
SPiN's first full-length album, BELiEVE, was released on September 28, 2010 on howsaboutNOW? Records and internationally on October 12, 2010 through distribution partner Believe Digital. The album has already been met with favorable press. The-Trades.com reported, "Alrighty... BELiEVE is full of great hooks, melodic rock, and burbling synthesizers." Dawn Fisher from AntiMusic.com said, "Believe and it is sure to please both program directors and fans alike. Read: radio friendly but not sell-out material. Complex melodies, poignant lyricism, and a powerful sound that sticks in your mind without being intrusive." And it was said on PureGrainAudio.com that the album is "a series of well-crafted, high-energy rock songs that are extremely enjoyable and a fun listen"