SPELLS: Big Boring Meeting: 7”

May 23, 2018

It’s been over a year since Denver’s Spells released their LP Staying In > Going Out, which I freaked out over back in issue 96. On Big Boring Meeting, Spells have returned to bewitch our ears with more of their unique blend of melodic yet simultaneously gritty garage punk. Everything I loved about the band’s previous releases is here. I don’t know how the band manages to conjure up such magical songwriting with each release, but there are hypnotizing riffs and enchanting vocal harmonies packed into every track. The six tracks on Big Boring Meeting lean more on the rockin’ side of the band’s sound, as in the title track, and my favorite track, “I Wanna Know,” with its jangly surf guitar riffs. After the first listen, you will be possessed into singing along. I don’t know what cryptic rites I’ll have to cast to get Spells to come here on tour, but you’d better believe I’ll be practicing my incantations. –Paul J. Comeau (Snappy Little Numbers, snappylittlenumbers.blogspot.com)