AN INTERVIEW WITH SPISSY
Another protege of the Bloomington scene, Spissy simultaneously embodies the lo-fi charm and soft psych that the city has become synonymous with. Despite the brief time they’ve been together, Aaron Denton and Ben Lumsdaine’s effortless cohesion has enabled them to become a powerhouse of releases due to their effortless dynamic. After putting out their debut self-titled album in March of 2016, they wasted no time with a follow up at the start of 2017 with their EP Easy Mirror. A prolonged introduction and a testament to the direction they’re headed in, the depth behind Easy Mirror is immeasurable.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST TRACK YOU FINISHED FOR THE EP?
The title track, “Easy Mirror,” was the first one written. I had that phrase stuck in my head and wrote a pretty simple demo on my cassette recorder. I think it sat around for over a year before being used. I wanted to write a song with a lot of lyrics. I was reading Mary Ruefle’s poetry and Robert Frost, and I was falling very much in love with my partner at the time. “Easy Mirror” is kind of a song about feeling content and full.
WHICH LYRICS TOOK THE LONGEST TO COMPLETE? WHAT WAS SO CHALLENGING ABOUT THEM?
I wrote several drafts for “Like a Wheel”and in the end I decided to go as straightforward as possible. That song and “Nothing Boy,” are foils to the other tracks, in that I tried to make the lyrics very stark, simple, and to the point; whereas the other tunes are cloaked in metaphor and simile.
MAJOR INFLUENCES WHEN WRITING THIS EP?
With “Easy Mirror” I remember explicitly trying to write a song that sounded like The Feelies. I was listening to a lot of Erlend Oye/Kings of Convenience when I wrote “Like a Wheel,” which accounts for the breezy chord structure. I know Ben and I were really into Ultimate Paintings’ second LP and “Nothing Boy” was pretty influenced by that vibe.
WHAT SONG DO YOU REMEMBER THE MOST ABOUT CREATING?
I remember “Say Hello” being very fun to record. Ben and I did the guitars at the same time in the control room just straight into the board. It felt very right and I think that song turned out great.
WHICH IS THE MOST PERSONAL SONG ON THE EP?
“Nothing Boy” is the most personal to me. With my lyrics I tend to try to keep things universal and open ended but that song really narrows in on specific people and issues happening to people around me. Specifically it’s about a friend of mine’s on again off again relationship and another pal who was struggling with alcohol abuse. The umbrella idea being the listlessness of the time of life between late adolescence and adulthood.
WHICH SONG MEANS THE MOST TO YOU?
“Like a Wheel.” I always get emotional when we play that song live and it was the first song of ours to get any attention outside our scene. I remember a YouTube channel put it up and it was getting a bunch of listens and comments. It felt good to be connecting to strangers, which I guess is the point of making music.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG TO PLAY LIVE?
“Say Hello” is my favorite and I think it’s the band’s favorite to play live. We’re a five piece when we play out, and that song just really clicks. We don’t even rehearse it anymore because it came so I easily to everyone.
WHICH SONG MAKES YOU THE MOST NOSTALGIC? LONGING FOR A PERSON OR PLACE?
I’m not sure if I have a nostalgic bone in my body, but “Nothing Boy” definitely brings me back to a certain period of my life...one I’m happy I’m not in anymore. When I sing that song I’m proud and grateful of what I have now. It represents progress to me.