New York’s best local band with a UK sound (and following)

Courtesy of the band.
Lead singer Matt Stevenson close up. Credit: Provided.

For a group about a year-and-a-half old with just two recorded songs to their name, the psych rock five-piece called Spires has lots of accolades: a residency at Pianos, gigs at Irving Plaza and Bowery Ballroom, and an upcoming Eastern US support slot alongside English psych rock act TOY in January.

We first caught Spires at Pianos during CMJ, when the muted, glossy, drug-filled single “Candy Flip” caught our ears — and it hasn’t left for long since. Locally Amped recently caught up with lead singer Matt Stevenson on developing a band, the rock scene in New York and opening for Noah & the Whale in October.

Metro: How did Spires begin?
Matt Stevenson: I’ve been playing for about five years. I spent about two months prior [to starting Spires in '12] writing songs — but most we don’t play anymore. I wanted to take something further and so I put a band together on the fly through friends of friends.

Metro: And you’ve written most of the songs?
M.S.: Yes. The past year has been me learning to construct songs. It’s a learning process… I’m starting to be more collaborative. I know the kind of songs that I can write and I’d like to see what they’re like with other’s input.

Metro: Since then, you’ve played dozens upon dozens of shows in New York. What have you learned about the local scene in the past year?
M.S.: So, when I first started the project, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted. And, I love to play shows. That’s my main motivation for doing this. But, I don’t want to be part of any scene — people don’t like us here. We don’t have a Brooklyn sound. And, it’s a weird time for music in New York.

Metro: Well, you’ve gotten some great opportunities. How did you guys end up opening for English indie folk act Noah & the Whale at Irving Plaza [in October]?
M.S.: Someone dropped out and our booking agent asked us. That felt like a big accomplishment: playing to 600 kids without any merch.

Metro: What are you looking forward to in 2014?
M.S.: The weeklong tour in January [with TOY]. Detroit’s going to be the highlight because we’re interested to see what’s there. We want to make a full-length, tour a lot and get to the UK as soon as possible. We get massive views from the UK and Facebook messages from kids in small English towns.

Spires open for TOY at Mercury Lounge on January 10 as part of a six-date mini-tour.

This column is part of a Metro Boston and Metro New York music feature called Locally Amped. Follow us on Twitter @Locally Amped and on Facebook at Locally Amped.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.