One of the really good people, in music or otherwise, is Rebecca Gates from the Spinanes. Along with her drummer, Scott Plouf, the Spinanes created some amazing music during the past decade. Imp Years is merely a footnote to the career of this captivating duo. Four of the six tracks on this CD were released on 7-inch by Imp Records, as well as two new songs which Plouf and Gates reunited to record for a compilation. So only one song, “Handful Of Hearts,” is actually finding its initial release on this disc. The old songs – recorded when the Spinanes were a tight unit – far outshine the newer material, which required additional musicians to buffer a sound that once needed only two musicians to make whole. Viva La Spinanes!
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