Our friends in the band SPiN are back again with a new EP “Meant To Rise” available January 20th, 2017. They’ve released a new cover by the legendary Marvin Gaye called “What’s Going On (Ft. Nickey Knoxx of Epoch Failure)”. So without further ado, let’s get right into this review!
For the past year or so we’ve been telling you Nimrods about Pennsylvania natives SPiN; a four-piece band who play power pop/rock music and have made it a ritual to do a few covers from time to time. The band have seen many successes, especially when their track “Happy Together” ended up being used on an episode of “Stalker”, a show which inspired their moody sound on the ep “Stalked”.
“This EP is the result of that effort and track 2, ‘Happy Together’, ended up being featured in full in Episode 13 of the ‘Stalker’ show that inspired us.”
Since then, they’ve gone on to make other EPs: “Jar of Lies” and “My Hysteria”, and now they’re back with “Meant To Rise”. The first single spearheading the EP is none other than Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, which features rapper extraordinaire Nickey Knoxx. SPiN aren’t the type of band to stay inside their little bubble, and so they do what they want with all genres. SPiN handled themselves just fine when experimenting with R&B/Hip-Hop and that totally shows when covering the track “Black Widow” by Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea. Somehow it fits them just well and what I mean by that is, they can perform it better than the original artists can.
Although I’m not particularly a fan of Gaye’s work, I was quite intrigued when I heard this badass cover and even more blown away with the music video since it is a sort of social commentary on the state of the world today - Just to be on the safe side, I quite understand if that wasn’t their intention, however, it is quite unnerving how honest and relevant it is - and quite refreshing from the typical superficial videos where every musician wants to come off as glam as possible.
SPiN debuted this video about a week ago via VENTS Mag and they said it was awesome, “…a poignant cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic, “What’s Going On”, featuring Nickey Knoxx (of Epoch Failure) – and it’s an absolute stunner.”
Check it out for yourself below!
Have a safe and happy new year, everyone.