Conan O'Brien's Team Coco Site Presents Exclusive Premiere of New Spin Doctors Video; Band Will Perform on CONAN (TBS-TV,) 9/4!
(Published: August 13, 2013)
Conan O'Brien's Team Coco Site Presents Exclusive Premiere of New Spin Doctors Video
Band Will Be Music Guests on CONAN (TBS,) 9/4
Clip is Directed by Saturday Night Live's Mary Ellen Matthews - A Combination of live concert, studio and street footage, shot over 2 days in Williamsburg Brooklyn - NY Observer Goes Behind-the-Scenes
Spin Doctors Earn Best Reviews of Their Career for New Blues/Rock CD
Conan O'Brien's Team Coco site presented the Exclusive Premiere of Spin Doctors new video: http://teamcoco.com/video... . The band will be the music guest on CONAN (TBS-TV,) Wednesday, September 4th!
The rollicking clip, for the title track of Spin Doctors' acclaimed blues/rock album ‘If The River Was Whiskey' (Ruf,) was shot over two days in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is a combination of concert, studio and street footage. It was directed by Saturday Night Live's long-time still photographer Mary Ellen Matthews.
Director Matthews sets the stage: "Spin Doctors lead us down into a eclectic, surreal underground speakeasy where poker, rock and roll, beautiful girls and of course whiskey flows. Acme studios supplied us with a poker set as well as using the existing prop warehouse. All hand-held and mostly improvised camera moves with a few POV shots of the whiskey bottle."
NY Observer went Behind-the-Scenes of the video shoot - read their feature, here: http://observer.com/2013/...
Spin Doctors are on a roll with their new album...touring the world, earning remarkable reviews, riding the Blues charts and more. National coverage includes USA Today, Relix Magazine, M Music & Musicians Magazine, Elmore Magazine and more.
Additional video shoot details: Shot May, 2013, on location at Acme Studios & Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY; Filmed on Canon 5D mark 111 and Nikon D 800; Director: Mary Ellen Matthews; Director of Photography: Misha Sundukovskiy; Edited by: Chelsea Blackmon.
NY Observer - Behind-the-Scenes feature 5/28/2013, by Matthew Kassel
The Doctors Are In: A '90s-Era Rock Band Returns to Its Bluesy Roots
The four original members of the Spin Doctors sat around a poker table at Acme Studio in Williamsburg last week. A blues record spun in the background as they smoked cigars and drank hard liquor, surrounded by a gregarious group of hangers-on dressed in Jazz Age attire.
If this is not the image you associate with the upbeat '90s-era rock band best known for their multiplatinum album Pocket Full of Kryptonite, which bore that infectious earworm "Two Princes," you are probably not alone.
But the image is not entirely off base. The Spin Doctors recently released their first album in eight years, a straight-ahead blues-rock endeavor in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and they were shooting a music video for its title track, "If the River Was Whiskey." Under the direction of the SNL photographer Mary Ellen Matthews, the shoot was largely improvised, much like the album itself-it was originally intended as a demo and was recorded in live sessions at the East Village studio of Aaron Comess, the band's drummer.
If the River Was Whiskey (not to be confused with the Charlie Poole tune of the same name) may seem like a departure from the band's signature pop-rock style. But hard-core fans will know that the Spin Doctors-now middle-aged-found their footing in the late '80s as a fixture on the East Village blues bar circuit.
Back then, the band was expected to play blues covers, but to keep things interesting they wrote their own tunes-passing them off as standards and amassing an estimable catalog. The new album contains a smattering of pre-Kryptonite offerings, like "Scotch and Water Blues," "The Drop," "So Bad" and "What My Love'" along with a few new songs. "It's a return to our roots," Mr. Comess told the Transom between shooting scenes. "The hits have kept us alive, but this record, if anything, makes me feel like we're a fresh band again."
In 2011, the Spin Doctors embarked on a 20th-anniversary tour to promote their first hit record. What they found, though, was that many fans were calling out to hear even older material, songs from the late '80s. So they went into the studio and spent a few days jamming, emerging from those sessions with this latest offering.
The Spin Doctors have put out four studio albums, not including their latest, in the 22 years since the release of their multiplatinum major-label debut, which sold more than five million copies in the United States alone. That success, however, was apparently as much a burden as it was a blessing, as is often the case for bands that struggle to define themselves beyond the popularity of one hit song or album.
"In one way or another, we were always trying to make the next Kryptonite," said Eric Schenkman, the band's guitarist. "This is the first record that wasn't made with that in mind."
That comes off on the album. If the River Was Whiskey is an unself-conscious thing that knows what it is: a casual compendium of blues numbers produced by a band with not much left to prove.
"We made it in three days," said Spin Doctors front man Chris Barron. "But it took 25 years to get there."
More about the acclaimed album:
In a four & 1/2-star rave, ALL MUSIC/iTunes Editorial said the CD "feels like an unapologetic throwback to classic Chess records from the '50s and '60s. That immediacy is striking, as The Spin Doctors have never sounded so alive on record," and No Depression buzzed, it "rocks like a rodeo bull on amphetamines and had my blood pumping from the first few chords."
The album is a ten-song collection of original songs, described by lead singer Chris Barron as a "ramshackle, broken carriage running down a cobblestone hill, with pots and pans, and a screaming baby..."
This is the blues album the band was always meant to make, and their confidence shows, as they give the songs lots of room to breath and let the tracks come alive via the road-tested musicianship of Chris Barron (vocals), Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass). With no overdubs, irreverent lyrics, soulful drums and guitar licks that are on fire, ‘If The River Was Whisky' captures lightning in a bottle and further cements Spin Doctors' reputation as a live act to be reckoned with. Perhaps Schenkman puts it best: "we've been playing together for 25 years & we're all badasses!" Listen to streaming samples, here:
RELIX FEATURE: http://www.relix.com/feat...
M MUSIC & MUSICIANS FEATURE: http://mmusicmag.com/m/20...
ELMORE FEATURE: https://twitter.com/SpinD...
Additional recent press coverage, here:
An international tour is underway. Upcoming tour dates:
08/17/13 Longview Squirrel Festival / Longview, WA Free Show
08/28/13 The Independent / San Francisco, CA
08/29/13 Monterey County Fairgrounds / Monterey, CA Free Show
08/30/13 Sycuan Casino / El Cajon, CA
08/31/13 Moses Lake Summer Convert Series / McCosh Park, Moses Lake, WA Free Show
09/01/13 Pig Out In The Park / Riverfront Park / Spokane, WA Free Show
09/25/13 The Garage / London, UK
09/27/13 Het Depot / Leuven, Belgium
09/28/13 Melkweg / Amsterdam, Netherlands
09/30/13 New Morning / Paris, France
10/01/13 Le Grillen / Colmar, France
10/03/13 Moonwalker / Aarburg, Switzerland
10/04/13 Mühle Hunziken / Rubingen, Switzerland
10/05/13 Escherwys / Zürich, Switzerland
10/07/13 Spectrum Club / Augsburg, Germany
10/08/13 Hirsch / Nürnberg, Germany
10/09/13 Piano / Dortmund, Germany
10/10/13 Gemeindesaal / Lindewerra, Germany
10/11/13 Quasimodo / Berlin, Germany
10/12/13 Bluesgarage / Hannover, Germany
10/14/13 The Rock Café / Hamburg
10/15/13 Kuz / Mainz, Germany
10/16/13 Die Halle / Reichenbach, Germany
10/17/13 Harmonie / Bonn, Germany
10/31 & 11/01/13 American Gardens Theater / Walt Disney World Resort / Lake Buena Vista, FL
More about Spin Doctors:
When top-class musicianship and great songwriting meet, the result can help to define an era. Such was the case with Spin Doctors' ‘Pocket Full Of Kryptonite', one of the biggest smashes of the 1990s, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. Featuring hit after hit, from ‘Two Princes' to ‘Little Miss Can't Be Wrong' and more, the original album reached #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, made the magazine's Top 100 list of the Best-Selling Albums of The Decade, hit #2 in the UK and #1 in Australia and New Zealand, was certified 3x Platinum in Canada, Gold in Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Singapore, and cemented the group's debut as an international phenomenon. In fact, ‘Two Princes' was the most-played rock song in the world in 1993, and was recently certified by BMI with 3 million international radio plays (‘Little Miss' is at the 2 Million mark.) As a live band, the core members of Spin Doctors are among the best in the business, a fact often overshadowed by their commercial success, but arguably more important than ever. Following 2011 the release of ‘Pocket Full of Kryptonite: 20th Anniversary Edition', Spin Doctors hit the road to do what they do best: perform great pop/rock and blues songs for live audiences. Like their H.O.R.D.E. allies Phish, Blues Traveler, Allman Brothers and more, and like The Black Crowes, Counting Crows and other respected contemporaries, Spin Doctors are a reminder that hits and chops needn't be mutually exclusive. The wildly favorable audience reaction to their ‘Kryptonite' tour helped paved the way for ‘If The River Was Whiskey'. ‘If The River Was Whiskey' was produced by Spin Doctors. All songs written by Spin Doctors (Shogun Songs Inc./ BMI) except "Some Other Man Instead" Written by Spin Doctors, Arne Hovda, (Trak One Music/BMI) Erik Norvald Røe (Tono)
Management: David Sonenberg, Jason Richardson, DAS Communications, 212.877.0400
Label: Thomas Ruf, Ruf Records, http://www.rufrecords.de/
Band Photo credit: Lucy Onions
More Information: http://teamcoco.com/video/spin-doctors-music-video-premiere