• SpünDay
  • 2021-02-26

SpünDay has teamed up with fellow Tonypandy producers Set Phasers to Scunge for their latest EP ‘Magnificent Women’. Cooked up following a late-night musical meeting of minds under the banner Set Phasers to SpünDay, the four-track EP mixes up a variety of styles and genres, as well as a lead track, ‘Magnificent Women’, that features the poetry of activist Maya Angelou. We caught up with them to find out more.

A flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs.

First up, tell us a bit about yourselves - who are SpünDay, and what were you doing before making music together?
SpünDay is the culmination of many years spent writing, rehearsing, recording. Of false starts and wrong directions. Of intense highs in clear skies and low glides over rocky terrain.

Paul (guitar/vox) - The driving force, songwriter and producer. Sample quote: “Is nineteen FX pedals too much?”

Matthew (drums) - Original member and only one to leave and come back. Sample quote: “I haven’t heard such rich tapestries since Axis: Bold As Love”.

Daf (bass) - Newest member and guitar whizz. Sample quote: “In Penpedairheol, no one can hear you scream”.

Beast (visuals) - Live video projections at every gig we do. Sample quote: “The van’s broken down again”.

Who did you take inspiration from?
Our primary motivation was to form a band in the style of Melt Banana. I had a real epiphany after seeing them perform live and stopped everything I was doing musically and started from scratch. They are guitar, bass and drums. The same as countless million other bands from Napalm Death to The Stone Roses to The Rolling Stones. But whereas you can trace the lineage of those bands, with Melt Banana there is no precedent. They could be from another galaxy. And that’s what I’d like SpünDay to sound like.

Why the name ‘SpünDay’? What do you stand for?
SpünDay is a Rhondda colloquialism for going out Saturday night, going straight through and ending up in the pub 9.30am in the morning. Then Sunday slowly turns into SpünDay… At that point standing is not mandatory.

How would you describe your musical style?
A flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs.

**If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you love to work with? **
I’ve always liked the idea of going into a studio with a rapper, MC or hip hop artist, getting the beats flowing and improvising countless loops, riffs, variations whatever and seeing what can be developed. Durrty Goodz is certainly delivering ‘em at the moment from a British perspective. If we’re talking America maybe someone like Roc Marciano or Action Bronson.

*Tell us about your EP, *Magnificent Women. What’s it about? **
This EP is a slight departure from our usual sound. We collaborated with Tonypandy producers Set Phasers to Scunge who are a much more electronic sounding affair and dance orientated, resulting in a different approach and final product. We use a lot of samples both live and recorded and we kind of expanded on those and used them as a basis to build songs around.

When did you write it and where did you record it?
It was all written and recorded in the Loft Studios Tonypandy owned by the Set Phasers team. They’re incredibly weird and there’s lots of stuff wrapped in cling film and not to be touched. And we couldn’t use their lavatory.

How does the EP represent you?
It’s a great mix of noise rock and cool beats I think. These two genres are not mutually exclusive it turns out and I think there may be more sonic exploration in this direction.

Can you talk us through each track?
‘Magnificent Women’ uses a sample of Maya Angelou’s poem Rise. A powerfully defiant message to the patriarchy. Let’s have global female empowerment. The world would become a better place at a stroke.

‘Pushin’ the Bug Powder’ samples a spoof CIA agent quoting William Burroughs and describing covert operations in somewhat startling detail. Soaked in the SpünDay guitar pedal board and toasted over a thudding 808.

‘Show Me Your Friends’ samples a billionaire explaining the best way to make money is to dump your friends and fuck everyone over. Reminding me very much of Thatcher’s no such thing as society speil. If these are the people running the world, it explains a lot.

‘Night Out with Beast’ is a graphic depiction of this event. A continuous stream of partially-formed, unfathomable psychobabble that goes on for far too long.

What are your hopes for Magnificent Women?
We’ve had a good response to this release and hopefully it’ll gain more exposure for the band. It’s also created more ideas for songs and different ways to write songs. A real positive experience all round really.

How’s the rest of 2021 shaping up for you?
We’re raring to get back into the rehearsal room in readiness for the resumption of gigs. I’m planning on another release later in the year, probably another EP. But this next one will be pure SpünDay.

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
2012- Flugelhorn solos are really not the way forward.

Watch the video for ‘Magnificant Women’ on YouTube below. You can find SpünDay on Facebook, Spotify, Bandcamp and Instagram.

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