Brooklyn/Boston-based punk trio SPIRAL HEADS, featuring within their ranks members of MGMT, American Nightmare, And Doomriders, is pleased to unveil their official new video for “Nothing New.” Now playing at Alternative Press, the track comes by way of a special “Nothing New” / “What’s Going On In Your Head” two-song EP, set for release Friday via Quiet Panic/Bridge Nine.
SPIRAL HEADS channels the energy of seminal bands like The Damned and Buzzcocks and combines it with the melody of The Wipers and early Nirvana. The SPIRAL HEADS’ sound would fit in perfectly with the early ’80s SST Records catalog. Writes Alternative Press, “Call it buzzsaw pop or high-spirited indie-punk. We’ll just say it’s one of the best things you can experience in 104 seconds.”
View SPIRAL HEADS’ “Nothing New” video alongside an interview with the band’s own Simon Doom (MGMT), courtesy of Alternative Press, at THIS LOCATION.
In the wake of global pandemics and uncertainty, the idea of passing time starts to feel more abstract and difficult to pinpoint. We’re reminded that it is a man-made concept, a means to construct reality, to label events neatly and make sense of it all. But Brooklyn/Boston-based SPIRAL HEADS‘ music effuses punk in a way that seems to exist simultaneously in different cultural moments. The band effortlessly spans decades at once: the soft and honest subject matter of early ’60s Beatles, the swagger and upbeat speed of late ’70s Buzzcocks, the raw energy of ’90s Nirvana… The result is a sound that transcends tidy categorization. Featuring Simon Doom (MGMT), Jim Carroll (American Nightmare), and Q (Doomriders), the three-piece formed after many years of knowing one another to pay homage to their collective musical roots. In October 2019, the band released their first self-titled EP.
One week before the world shutdown, with the threat of impending pandemic, SPIRAL HEADS decided to set up a couple mics in their Brooklyn rehearsal space and record some new songs they had been working on. One such result was “Nothing New,” a song about bringing learned behavior from past relationships into current ones. Fortunately, they also had the foresight to film an accompanying DIY music video. Bassist/vocalist Simon Doom explains, “The video/song was made entirely in our rehearsal space(s). Everything was shot on an iPhone with just a bed sheet and strobe light for effects. Jim and I shot our parts in Brooklyn, then mailed the bed sheet and strobe light to Q to shoot his parts in Boston.”
From there, the video was edited by Q, and the song was mixed by Simon. If they had waited only a couple more days, the Covid-19 quarantine would have prevented this burst of creation from coming to fruition, reminding us that though time is a construct, timing is important.