Posted on October 01 2020
Latest cut to be lifted from the LA band’s fourth album out now
Today, Los Angeles garage-rock group The Spyrals are unleashing the title-track from their incoming ‘Same Old Line’ LP, due out on October 30th 2020. Taking cues from The Velvet Underground, 13th Floor Elevators and The Stooges by way of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters, the new record is due out October 30th and sees the band carve out eight songs of raw, back-to-basics rock’n’roll that marries white-knuckle garage-blues, psychedelic repetition and sun-baked alt-country to create “something new with an old soul”.
Talking about the new single, out today, band-leader Jeff Lewis says: “To me the song has something to do with lifeʼs ups and downs and how some people seem to have it easier than others. Weʼre all tied together whether we know it or not. And in the end we all have our different struggles to get by and keep living.” Arriving following off the back of recent single ‘There’s A Feeling’, you can stream ‘Same Old Line’ below and pre-order the album on vinyl, CD and tape here.
Armed with a guitar, harmonica and fuzz pedal, band-leader Jeff Lewis formed The Spyrals when he was living in San Francisco in the early 2010s. Now, though, he’s based in Los Angeles and finds himself backed by a new line-up of musicians. ‘Same Old Line’ was cooked up in new drummer Dash Borinstein’s garage and recorded over the course of a few days and nights straight to a Tascam tape machine. Jeff recalls: “This is the first album recorded with a new lineup after I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles. At the time of recording we werenʼt sure if this would be a Spyrals album or something under a different name. At some point during the mixing process I decided to keep moving on under the Spyrals name, so to me this album is a real turning point in the band’s history.”
The result is a record that’s just as rooted in the sounds of Nashville and the Mississippi Delta as it is the band’s West Coast garage-rock forebears. “I was heavy into listening to a lot of Neil Young and Crazy Horse during this period too which I can hear in some of the song structures. We actually all took a road trip to Bakersfield, CA to see Neil with Crazy Horse in concert around the time of working on the album.” Lyrically, Jeff says, “it feels like the most raw record so far and the most open and down to earth. Less psychedelic sounds and more real life emotions and situations.”