The Spinning Rooms are from Melbourne, Australia. Comprised of guitar, bass, saxophone, keys, drums and vocals, the band occupy their own weird space within the local musical landscape.
Formed in 2007, and playing their first show as a live-to-air on Matt Gleeson’s 3CR radio show, Burning Vinyl, the band were never too worried about having songs written before playing them live. Vaguely assembled ideas were tackled onstage where rarely did all four members have the same idea of what the song was or where it was headed. By watching each other and waiting for someone to show the whites of their eyes, more often than not they were able to hit the changes together.
With members having played in The Night Terrors, The Stickmen, The Dacios, Deaf Wish, The Perfections and Dynamo, the band draws on a lineage of classic Australian underground bands such as X, Laughing Clowns and the Moodists while also taking cues from the 90s Hobart scene.
The Spinning Rooms’ self-titled, self-released debut album was recorded over a weekend by Tom Lyngcoln (The Nation Blue, Harmony) and was described by Beat’s Patrick Emery as ‘…could well be the most significant album of the year. And the freakiest.’ With no publicity or fanfare, the album featured on several best-of end-of-year lists.
While being handpicked by All Tomorrow’s Parties founders, Barry and Deborah, to play Release The Bats, 2013 also saw the band support the likes of Dinosaur Jr, Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and Primitive Calculators, as well as slots on much-loved backyard festivals Applecore, All Good In The Wood, and Paddock Bash.
The band’s sophmore album, ‘Complicating Things’, (Every Night Is A Saturday Night Records) saw the band embark on their first national tour with supports from the likes of Peep Tempel and Courtney Barnett. The album clocked in at #7 on Mess+Noise’s ‘Album Of The Year’ Readers Poll.
The band is currently working on their third album.