The Spinto Band, the only Delaware band at Firefly, with singer and guitarist Nick Krill '01, singer and bassist Thomas Hughes '01 and keyboardist Sam Hughes '03, wowed crowds, including students and teacher and father of two Spintos, Tom Hughes.
After battling heavy traffic to get to Firefly, several hundred fans gathered during an early afternoon set by The Spinto Band after rushing across the sprawling grounds to make their show.
The only Delaware band on Firefly’s 73-band main stage line-up knew all about the traffic woes, too.
“Make some noise for traffic on Route 13!,” singer Nick Krill said from the stage during the band’s bouncy 30-minute show. “Oh my gosh. But it was worth it.”
The five-piece is based out of Hockessin, where they have had a studio and playhouse for the past several years. Music is in their blood with four of the members either sons or step-sons of members of The Sin City Band, a veteran Newark honky tonk band.
Plenty of familiar-looking Delaware faces were looking out at the band as they danced, clapped, ooh-ed and ahh-ed through songs like “Oh Mandy” and “Shake It Off.”
Among them was Thomas Hughes, father of two of the Spintos, who was invited by the band since it was his birthday. In a sweet moment, he even got a shout-out on stage from his son, also named Thomas.
Surrounded by his students and players, the Tower Hill School teacher and football coach was smiling from ear to ear after the concert.
“I’ve been waiting for this for two months,” he says. “I guess I’m just a proud dad.”
The Spintos’ 2005 debut for Bar/None Records recieved considerable buzz, spawning song placements in commercials and European tours with bands like Arctic Monkeys.
Over the next eight years, the band refined its trademark quirky pop sound with a trio of albums, including this year’s release, “Cool Cocoon.”
Fans screamed, “Delaware!,” at the band, knowing full well they would be the only Delawareans on stage all weekend.
In response, Krill proudly announced what the band’s hardcore fans already knew: “We’re a rock band from Delaware. Make some noise for Delaware!”
Republished with permission from The News Journal By Ryan Cormier