New Audio: Spires’ Jangling, Hook-Based, Single “Parallel Lines” Reveals a New Sound

Brooklyn-based band Spires initially began as founding member, Matt Stevenson’s solo home recording project, but the project quickly grew into an actual band when Jack Collins (bass), Samuel Shea (guitar, synth) and Ethan Snyder (drums) were enlisted to complete the band’s original lineup.

With the release of of their 7 inch single “Candy Flip”/”Comic Book” last year,  the quartet received national and international attention from the likes of NMEThe L Magazine, who had named the band a “Band You Need to Hear Now” and Brooklyn Vegan among others for a shoegazer, psych rock sound that drew from RIDE, A Storm in Heaven-era The Verve.

Since the release of the “Candy Flip”/”Comic Book” 7 inch, the Brooklyn-based band has played a number of shows, including a set opening for The Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl; however, there hasn’t been a ton of new material from the band, perhaps because as the band was touring to support their 7 inch and previously released material, the band had gone through a series of lineup changes. And as a result, the band has gone through a decided change in sonic direction, as you’ll hear on their latest single “Parallel Lines” off the band’s forthcoming self-titled EP, slated for a September 18 release through 401K Music.

Instead of the dreamy and hazy shoegaze of their previous efforts, the new single is much more hook-based jangling guitar pop with a very subtle nod to psychedelia, which pushes the band’s sound away from the 60s and more towards a very timeless yet familiar sound.