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On Stay Inside, the second full-length record from Philadelphia indie rock/power pop group Spelling Reform out April 5 on Black Rd Records, the band jettisons the here-and-gone whipcrack tunes of previous releases and settles in with 10 introspective, mature and quiet-loud missives and character studies from quasi-adulthood.
The album, recorded with Kyle Pulley (Thin Lips) at The Headroom in Philly, represents an exciting (slight) left turn for the band, whose members (including new keyboardist Jim Gannon) lean into longer songs, more choruses and (much) more synthesizer.
Lead singer Dan Wisniewski (with his love-it-or-hate-it vocals) delivers a set of contemplative and idiosyncratic songs on chronic illness, the explorer Meriwether Lewis and the iconic Board of Trade building in Chicago — all far from the relationship-tinged works the band has been known for.
For fans of Wilco, Pixies, The Weakerthans, They Might Be Giants and Dinosaur Jr.
Keyboards / Jim Gannon
Backing Vocals, Bass / Tom Howley
Drums / Mark Rybaltowski
Lead Vocals, Guitar / Dan Wisniewski
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Press for Stay Inside
Philly four-piece Spelling Reform is stretching out on its latest record, Stay Inside, beginning with the spirited indie rock we’ve come to know them and building it out into more expansive, contemplative jams in the vein of The Pernice Brothers and late-era Wilco. - WXPN’s The Key
Press for No One's Ever Changed
[No One's Ever Changed is] a rollicking, life-affirming power pop mix that takes a cue from the likes of Wilco and Guided By Voices. - Consequence of Sound
“For Clair Patterson” is a quirky cut that equally balances acoustics and electrics à la The Pixies. Singer/songwriter Dan Wisniewski combines his love of science with songwriting on the Weakerthans-esque song - American Songwriter
[Spelling Reform's] sound as a whole is Neil Young- and Wilco-inspired, but with a little genre-blending twinge to it all. “Expiration Date” starts with a danceable bass, the crash of cymbals, and then the warm, Weezer-meets-Weird Al vocals of Wisniewski. - Impose Magazine
Press for Diving Bell
Diving Bell is bound to be one of the best alternative records to hail from Philadelphia and PA this year. - Third Outing
As far as indie rock projects in Philadelphia go, it truly doesn't get better than this. - Radio Static
Spelling Reform draw from all your fave ‘90s bands (think Pavement, GBV, Wilco), combining front man Dan Wisniewski’s unique vocals and lyrics with playful, guitar jangle. We have a great feeling about this band and are psyched to watch them bloom. - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Philly rock four-piece Spelling Reform have a classic indie rock sound in the vein of The Weakerthans, The Apples In Stereo, Pixies and Pavement… - WXPN's The Key