who is spelling reform?
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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