When: Thu., July 29, 10 p.m. 2010
While rooted in the raw Raleigh rock 'n' roll sound bred at seedy dives like Sadlack's and Slim's, the fledgling four-piece The Spring Collection adds a mod twist. Both huge Beatles fans, frontman and songwriter Sam Madison—who's led The Bleeding Hearts and Bloodmobile—and keyboardist Greg Rice of The Cartridge Family and Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass Kickin' Team bounced around the idea of a mod-centered band for more than a year. They made it a reality after a drunken conversation with Bright Young Things bassist Mark Connor last winter at Raleigh Times.
"We were very excited when we realized later exactly what we agreed to," recalls Connor, who forms a peppy rhythm section alongside The Last Tallboy drummer Terry Ford, a former bandmate of Rice.
Named after the first track on The Vapors' debut, The Spring Collection is largely influenced by fellow '70s British new wave and power pop acts Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Squeeze and XTC, along with contemporaries like The Rifles and The Pigeon Detectives. Those inspirations are apparent in Madison's songwriting. The band also pays allegiance to the Motown bands that helped shape mod in the first place, giving a garage rock snarl to their take on Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rodgers' "First I Look At The Purse." Along with such choice covers, the quartet has several originals in the bag and plans to hit the studio in August to record an EP that will be released later this year. With Chapel Hill's brooding blues-rock duo The Moaners.—Spencer Griffith