Snappy Little Numbers / Anxious & Angry (2018)
I've let this LP linger in the to-do pile a little longer than I probably should have. It certainly wan't because I wasn't excited about the record, I've been writing about Spells for a few years and I have never had anything but wonderful things to say about them. That trend continues with this record, though I already knew I liked a handful of these songs going in.
Loose Change, Vol. 1 is a singles compilation from Spells, but only two songs are from an actual Spells 7". Aside from "Take Time" and "Slice Away" everything else on this album was either from a compilation, a digital only release or relegated to cassette hell. If you're keeping track at home, that's fourteen songs making their way to vinyl for the first time. And thank goodness for that, these songs are way too good to just disappear into the ether or be eaten by someone's shitty Sony walkman from 1989.
I've always made Rocket From The Crypt comparisons when writing about Spells. It's not because I think they sound similar, it's always been more about the attitude and energy that the band is able to harness on their records. They just have a way of writing songs that capture a certain sort of party vibe, without being overtly silly. It also doesn't hurt that the songs are super catchy, so that's a big part of the reason I've always liked them so much.
This is a really good starting point if you want to check out Spells. It's mostly early material from the band, but since so little of it had a proper release before It's not going to end up getting replaced if you decide to go all in and track down their entire discography. Hell of a band, hell of a record.
Spells - Loose Change, Vol. 1