Snappy Little Numbers (2014)
I was pleased to open up a package from Snappy Little Numbers containing a couple of their new releases. Readers may recognize that label from the stellar Hooper record that came out a couple of years ago or the equally great Friends Of Cesar Romero 7" they released last year. It's a label putting out some killer records and Spells fit in with the group nicely.
I'm not sure exactly how to describe Spells without raising your expectations too high. They have a party rock style that in places sound like a more garage-y Rocket From The Crypt. Now, don't let the RFTC comparison set you up expecting Spells to be the best band in the world, that's the domain of Rocket exclusively. Spells do share the same penchant for crafting songs with something of an attitude to them. I haven't seen them play live, but I definitely get the impression that they probably know how to work a crowd.
Loud guitars, catchy hooks, driving drums; all of the ingredients I like in a band are there. Spells are really tight and show a ton of promise for a group with just a handful of singles under their belt so far. I'll be keeping my eye on them and absolutely encourage Snappy Little Numbers to keep sending hits like this my way.
Spells - At Sea/Landlocked 7"