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The Spies: Based in Los Angeles and formed in late 2005, The Spies have been perfecting their brand of indie-pop for five years. With two self-released albums (‘Old Ghosts’ 2007 and ‘Televolution’ 2009), two music videos, one national tour, and multiple song placements in Film and TV (CW, FOX, ABC) the band has been building a very loyal fan base since 2006. Conceived as collaboration between longtime friends and Philadelphia transplants, Leo Francis and Mark Matkevich, The Spies have evolved into much more with the addition of Adrian Barrio and Dylan Giagni.
In 2001 and 2002 respectively, Mark Matkevich and Leo Francis moved from their native Philadelphia to Los Angeles to pursue acting, music, and warmer weather. Mark dove head-first into acting, while Leo was quickly swept up in the LA music scene. He formed relationships with the Silverlake and Echo Park scenesters and began writing his first solo record (Blueroot), which he recorded in 2004 at Nightingale Studios. Leo ended up using the wonderful musicians with whom he had formed friendships, session players that had backed Elliot Smith and Beck, and reached out to Mark to play piano on the record. He not only accepted, but ended up helping Leo finish writing the final three songs on the record. He also sung the harmonies, as they had been singing together since high school choir. Magic happened in the studio. The two decided to start a new project together and immediately began collaborating on all new material.
In late 2005, after months of playing out as a two-piece (Mark on keys, Leo on guitars) in small venues and coffee shops, the two began to look for a permanent bass player. After weeks of searching, Leo came upon an ad in Music Connection magazine for an available bassist. Shortly thereafter, Adrian Barrio auditioned for the band. The musical connection was so strong and immediate that the band never even auditioned another bass player. Adrian’s driving melodic bass-lines became a backbone of the band’s sound, who then decided to call themselves: The Spies.
The Spies went through several drummers in their early career. In late 2007, The Spies had just come off tour and suddenly found themselves without someone behind the kit. After months of searching ads on craigslist, and auditioning several people, The Spies found Dylan Giagni in January 2008. The youngest member of the band, Dylan adds a real passion and aggressiveness with his drumming that was absent in the past. His addition completed The Spies unique sound.
With the band’s live show in top form, The Spies are constantly winning over new fans with infectiously catchy rock performed at high-intensity. The music they create pays homage to their influences while still sounding completely original. It has its’ roots in blues and rock and roll, weaving them together in melodic lines that make the music feel almost familiar and easily relatable. The Spies’ music “will please fans of rootsy-rockers like, Wilco and Elvis Costello” (awkenmusic.blogspot.com) and the band “…range from ultimate Pop/Rock dynamos to melancholy wordsmiths and back.”(wildysworld.blogspot.com). With new shows on the horizon and a new EP and webseries on the way this summer, it’s a good time to become a fan of The Spies.
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