The Spinners

Too Much Time EP (Wheat, 2003)

In EPs, Indie American, Richard Bolisay on January 3, 2010 at 3:45 am

This “old” band from Boston Mass released a record last year—White Ink Black Ink—which is their fifth in thirteen years. And that’s aside from the EPs, mini-album, and collaborations they did since they formed in 1996.  They’re quite unheard of on the other side of the world, I suppose, and even Torrent sites don’t have their albums. Are they still hiding after those long years?

Wheat always give me reason to believe that humble bands have gold stored in them, hoarding, not intentionally keeping it away from us, but it’s their thing to be seldom-seen. Was it Scott who said that, If you’re doing something good, people are gonna find it? I bet you’ll find them too. 2007’s Everyday I Said A Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square is hands down one of the bests of that year—a wonderful track called “Courting Ed Templeton” is beautiful because of/despite its wordlessness; and Too Much Time, way back in 2003, gave the band three of their most memorable compositions: “I Met A Girl”, “Don’t I Hold You”, and “Closer To Mercury”.

I miss early Wheat songs—”Can’t Wash It Off”, “World United Already”, “Slow Fade”, “Go Get the Cops”, “Some Days”, “These Are Things”. . . and I could go on and on and still miss them. There’s this laid-back feeling in them that holds my hand like a childhood friend, staying until we bid goodbye to each other. White Ink Black Ink is not as good as their previous releases. Despite the quirky hooks in the first half, the other half is just humdrum. It lacks the kick and embrace of the songs in Too Much Time that always put me in constant wallow, tracks that are both sweet and painful I couldn’t help but go suck a lemon.

– Richard Bolisay

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