Feb 242015
 

Greetings from Italy/Europe!

We are just wrapping up the third tour of Italy in the last two years, promoting the pre-release of the 9th studio album, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”.

Most of the shows the last few months have been as an acoustic folk rock/Americana/indie folk duo. I am playing guitar and singing with a friend from Italy on piano and backing vocals. We are playing songs off the new album, songs from The Beautiful Sunsets catalog, At the Spine songs that transfer over well acoustically, and occasionally worthy traditional or cover songs. For some shows I’ve been joined by Milan based Steve on bass and Claudio on drums to play the high voltage rock/punk songs of At the Spine.

As the three-month stint of shows wraps up in Italy, the duo is headed into northern Europe to tour through the end of June, then I’ll back to the states for some summer shows in the USA, then back to Europe in the fall of 2015! Join me on Facebook for the most up to date tour schedule, show announcements, news, etc. Thanks for the continued support and we hope to see you somewhere in the near future.

In the meantime, here is a link to “Sinaloa”, the first track off the new and soon-to-be released album:

 Posted by at 8:11 AM
Sep 092014
 

Greetings from Seattle! I haven’t been spending much time on this website lately. It’s been a busy few years of playing music around the world supporting the double release of At the Spine‘s fifth and self-titled album, and The Beautiful Sunsets first album, Coalminers & Moonshiners. There were lots of great reviews of the albums and some good radio airplay around the country. Thanks to all the folks who booked us shows, hosted us, fed us and treated us so well the last few years. It’s been great meeting and playing shows with so many amazing people and seeing so many incredible places.

The new “solo” album is finished and awaiting mastering, manufacturing and distribution. It is a collaboration with three musicians who live in Portland, Oregon, who back up my guitars and vocals with drums, percussion, bass, piano, organ, accordion and vocals harmonies. The album was recorded with longtime engineer and friend, Robert Bartleson at Haywire Recording.

We are very happy with the results and we are working on the layout, design, album cover and manufacture of the album. It will be released in autumn of 2014 and I will spend most of 2015 traveling internationally and playing in support of it. More details on that soon.

In the meantime I’m playing solo acoustic gigs weekly (or more often) around Seattle to keep the catalog fresh and work in the new songs. If you want to book me for a gig, festival, house party, etc., drop me an email at the contact page. In the meantime, keep well, keep in touch and enjoy the video we made for the often requested song “Crumble”:

 

 Posted by at 8:33 PM
Jul 292012
 

Welcome! Thanks for visiting!

Mike Spine has worked as a musician, teacher and humanitarian for the last 20 years.

Since 2002 he has fronted the high energy rock/punk rock band At the Spine and played hundreds of shows across the US and Europe.

While living in Portland, OR in 1996 and playing in the punk rock band The Help, he founded Global Seepej Records, which was inspired by independent labels like Dischord Records (D.C.), Sub Pop (Seattle), etc., but with more of a leaning towards supporting artists involved with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.

In 2012, Mike coordinated the recording and release of the 5th and self titled album for At the Spine, and the debut album for the folk/folk rock/Americana band The Beautiful Sunsets, titled Coalminers & Moonshiners. He also spent a few years fronting the Crazy Horse inspired Neil Young tribute The My My Hey Heysand has played in numerous other NW bands (The Plains, Colin Spring, Titanium Sporkestra, etc.).

Since revisiting his “folk rock” roots when he formed The Beautiful Sunsets in 2010, he has often been performing material as a duo or trio, reconstituting At the Spine when the right occasions arise.

Since 2012, Mike has been touring extensively, performing in Asia, Europe, Central and South America, Australia and North America.

Since 2014, he has primarily been living and performing in Europe.

Thanks for your support and or the latest updates, click on the “recent posts” at the top right, or follow Mike on FB at:
https://www.facebook.com/MIKE-SPINE-107559536115120

 

 Posted by at 5:46 AM