Spiral Beach Make It Up

Spiral Beach Make It Up
In 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 Airick’s, 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 year’s Ball, the band’s label debut, does not discriminate along genre lines. They’re 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. "That’s 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. "That’s kind of the way we started playing music.”

Ball stands on its own merits, but it’s 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 didn’t count on was people wouldn’t leave the venue — they set up tents.” A "big circus theatre all-night slumber party cabaret thing,” in Airick’s words, is planned for December. These shows allow all-ages audiences to stick it to an authority that doesn’t 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.”