Published Nov 26, 2007In music, as with anything, there are thinkers and doers; Torontonians Spiral Beach were born of screwing around. Brothers Airick (vocals, guitar) and Daniel (drums) Woodhead learned by playing as kids, and hooked up with with Maddy Wilde (vocals/keyboards) when they were pre-teens. Dorian Wolf (bass), a high school friend of Airicks, completed the line-up in 2003; two years later, a weekly slot at the Drake Hotel drew a cast of regulars, and a self-released record solidified a fan base.
Spiral Beach got into music by playing it; accordingly, this years Ball, the bands label debut, does not discriminate along genre lines. Theyre self-sustaining as far as ideas go; they love pop music in general, admiration for their forebears is more for what they accomplished than what they sounded like. "Thats kind of the thing we relate to [is] 60s psych stuff, but the stuff that appeared in little pockets, people who were just discovering new sounds for themselves, Daniel says. "Thats kind of the way we started playing music.
Ball stands on its own merits, but its only a taster for the live show, which gets more ambitious by the outing. "What we really want to do is put on raves, Daniel half-jokes. Spiral Beach retain their teen spirit by organising all-ages shows, like an island concert in September. "We wanted it to go all night, but what we didnt count on was people wouldnt leave the venue they set up tents. A "big circus theatre all-night slumber party cabaret thing, in Airicks words, is planned for December. These shows allow all-ages audiences to stick it to an authority that doesnt trust them in the presence of alcohol and bars them from good music by consequence. And part of the excitement lies in the unexpected, according to Airick. "When events get late at night, people just kind of snap.