THE SPINANES

“Manos (reis­sue)”

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De­cem­ber 7. The sem­i­nal ful­l­length de­but from leg­endary Pa­cific North­west duo The Spinanes was re­leased 25 years ago this month, and we are cel­e­brat­ing by reis­su­ing it with re­designed art­work and vinyl-edi­tion ex­tras. The Spinanes were Port­land OGs singer-gui­tarist Re­becca Gates and drum­mer Scott Plouf, who met via mu­tual friends and started play­ing mu­sic to­gether a few months be­fore their per­for­mance at the leg­endary In­ter­na­tional Pop Un­der­ground Con­ven­tion in Olympia, WA, in 1991, and were snapped up by Sub Pop in the post-Nir­vana feed­ing frenzy. A col­lege ra­dio hit, Manos was char­ac­ter­ized as in­die pop/rock or “al­ter­na­tive,” but also had a touch of art rock, folk, emo, math rock, postrock, even jazz, near­ing the same spir­i­tual space as ’90s bands like Un­rest, Se­badoh, and Ver­sus. Manos was an orig­i­nal in a crowded mar­ket in 1993, and the Spinanes seemed to be ev­ery­where. All hail its reis­sue, one quar­ter cen­tury later.

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