Auld Spells makes psychotropic sounds laced with dreampop undertones. The Edinburgh-based six piece is made up of lead singer and guitarist Tommy Danbury; keyboardist Rob Spellsman; guitarist Alex Read; drummer Peter Wilson and brothers Murray and Sandy Raeburn on guitar/keys and bass. The band’s reverb-drenched melodies – in the vein of Beach House, Neil Young, Nick Cave, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive – brew a sonic tonic for strange times.
Tommy, the band’s principle songwriter, started in Washington DC’s 90’s hardcore punk scene before venturing into the indie and psych scenes of Virginia. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2005, he helped found the shoegaze band Lower Heaven as lead guitarist then joined the psych band Magic Mirror as their bass player. He’s shared the stage with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, Dead Meadow, The Warlocks, Spindrift, The Lilys, Wooden Shjips, Sky Saxon of The Seeds, and others on legendary stages such as the Wiltern Theatre and the Troubadour.
Auld Spells formed in 2019 when Tommy moved to Edinburgh. The band has headlined shows at local Edinburgh venues Leith Depot, Henry’s Cellar Bar, and Sneaky Petes and has been busy in the studio during lockdown, waiting for venues to reopen and regularly releasing new music. Since August 2020 they’ve released seven original songs with a video accompanying each one. The band has two new dreamy Motown/Wall of Sound influenced originals, I Want You Back and Another Way, coming out April 30th. Pre Save the new double single here and set a reminder for the video premiere here.
Watch all of the videos on the Auld Spells YouTube channel.