Thursday, March 21, 2019

SONG PREMIERE: "The Chicago Board Of Trade" by Spelling Reform feels darkly sweet and cinematic

The Chicago Board of Trade by Philadelphia indie rocker / power poppers Spelling Reform snaps like the theme song of a 90's movie of the same name as directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen. The movie would have dark comedic elements, a semi comical death or two and a bruised and battered central romance. The song with it's sad core sway, 70's pop rock tones, a (sort of naive) tender vocal performance, dramatic downbeats and big rock crescendos feels like Ben Folds Five, Weezer, They Might Be Giants and Tod Rundgren pushed through Unknown Mortal Orchestra filters. 

The Chicago Board of Trade is from the band's second full length album entitled "Stay Inside" and, of the song, lead singer and songwriter (guitarist) Dan Wisniewski says: 

“There’s a joy in reliving specific thoughts and feelings, and there’s a sadness in realizing how common those seemingly unique memories can be."

On the album, the band, rounded out by drummer Mark Rybaltowski, bassist Tom Howley and keyboardist Jim Gannon hammer out longer songs with more choruses and much more synthesizer.

"Stay Inside" drops April 5th (2019).

Robb Donker

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