Spiral Stairs (from the album We Wanna Be Hyp-No-tized available on Nine Mile Records)
Finding success early in his career with Pavement, the band he co-founded, Scott Kannberg has discovered gems over the course of time that his younger-self musical arrogance had buried deep under his own idea of art. The music made its way through, however, and under the moniker of Spiral Stairs, the recent release We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tizedtranslates sounds from the past into song. The tracks on the album are backed by a Rock’n’Roll band, Spiral Stairs fleshing out “The Fool” with a solid backbeat and guitar jangle as We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized lays down a marching rhythm for “Borderline”, chews up the beat with quick chord chops behind the story in “Them Cold Eyes”, and pens a letter in “Dear Husband”, dotted by tapped out notes and crossed with thick reverbed riffs.
Spiral Stairs tributes the new sounds that came into his record collection, barely containing the joy of his discovery when he described the process, saying ‘I’m talking things like the first two Nick Lowe records – I’m fucking obsessed by that shit, they’re beautiful, beautiful songs on those records. Then he led me to this guy Jim Ford who’s like a weird country-soul singer, he’s so good. And I’ve really got into Van Morrison way deeper than I’ve ever got into Van Morrison before. YouTube is the greatest thing ever because you can find everything that you want – I can read about a Van Morrison bootleg from 1982 or something that’s supposed to be the greatest thing ever and you can find it on YouTube! So I got into that 1973 album Veedon Fleece, and then of course Roxy Music stuff and Brian Ferry. But I think the influences on this are definitely Nick Lowe and Van Morrison – I even tried to sing like Van Morrison on a lot of the songs, like how he repeats himself a lot. Those are the kind of bands I would never have liked in 1984… or 1994… or 2004 really’. Bare bones build the framework for “Hold On (‘til I figure It out)”, the pounding beat forming a hefty foundation for its ‘communicate with love’ mantra. Horns, a weaving guitar lead, and sturdy rhythm open the album, referencing We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized in the community chorus of “Hypnotized”. Soul stirs the melody when “Diario” tells its story with a slight twang while Spiral Stairs crawls on a thick back bayou beat over “Swampland”.
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