You think you know the Spin Doctors. Think again. When the legendary New York quartet release “If The River Was Whiskey” on 30 April through Ruf Records, casual fans will discover the secret past the hardcore have never forgotten. Take a spin of “If The River Was Whiskey” and you’d have to agree: they aced it.
The Spin Doctors might have given you the soundtrack to the best nights of the ’90s, but with this new album, they’ve rediscovered a strand of their musical DNA that melds perfectly with the hits you know and love. “It’s been so refreshing to go back to this material,” says Aaron. “It’s just brought everything that’s good about the band out again. I can honestly say that we’re playing better than ever right now, and I think a lot of that is because of the material on this record: it’s just really opened things up. Some bands, you go and see them 25 years later and they’re up there going through the motions. But to me, we sound better than ever. We sound world-class now, I think.”
“We play about four or five tunes a night from this new album and they all work,” says Eric. “It just feels seamless, like any of the new tunes can sit with any one of the Kryptonite songs. And the band is just playing amazing now. It’s a pleasure to play with people that you’ve been playing with so long and everybody’s still breathing!”
Likewise, when “If The River Was Whiskey” arrives it’ll be a pleasure to toast the return of the Spin Doctors, and a new album set to score new fans while making the hardcore love them more than ever. “I don’t care about sales, man,” states Chris, honestly. “I mean, it’d be awesome if it sold millions of copies, but honest to God, I just want to keep making a living playing music. We get up onstage and we turn it on, and sing and play our hearts out. And that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do: just make real music, give people something from my heart.”
Stream five songs off “If The River Was Whiskey” (via Relix).
Watch a live performance of “Traction Blues”off “If The River Was Whiskey
“If The River Was Whiskey” will be released on 30 April 2013. Pre-order on iTunes.