Born out of Covid boredom and a freshly acquired TASCAM 388 in Northern California, The Wind-Ups are the fully realized bedroom project of Jake Sprecher (Terry Malts, Smokescreens, Jonathan Richman). The debut LP, ‘Try Not To Think,’ is a lo-fi punk rock ‘n’ roll burst that veteran Infrasonic mastering tech Dave Gardner (Black Lips, King Khan) calls “one of the loudest records I’ve ever worked on.” It might quickly remind you of The Saints, The Ramones or The Spits. But listen a little longer and you’re certain to pick up on an unabashed power pop backbone, one that sources influence from the Modern Lovers, Paul Collins’ Beat, The Shoes, so on and so forth. Listen to Lockdown which is lifted from the LP via YouTube below.
Former Terry Malts members and dear friends Phil Benson (Neutrals) and Nathan Sweatt are waiting in the wings to join the live band when life returns, with ‘Try Not To Think’ set for release on June 18, 2021 via Mt.St.Mtn. First pressing on clear + green splatter vinyl.
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“Northern California (Chico to be exact) veteran musician Jake Sprecher flies the Ramones flag high on a lo-fi, but go-to-11-in-volume album. The dynamic tracks are pure garage rock ‘n’ roll with a hefty helping of punk rock attitude. Sprecher not only features on all instruments and vocals, but he also wrote and recorded the full length. How’s that for one-man-band? And this lone man is also in slew of other outfits, from Smokescreens and Terry Malts to Beehive and as a contributing player for Jonathan Richman. What Sprecher is doing here lines up most closely with Terry Malts, minus the post-punk angle – and extra band members. Sprecher’s cruisin’ for a bruisin’, kicking up a ruckus on driving songs where their sound is compressed to the forefront for maximum amplification.”
– Big Takeover