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The Spoils

Kaleb Asplund – guitar
Sam Knight – bass
Elena Pinto-Torres – drums

Hometown: Austin, TX

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  • The Spoils play noisy surf-inspired instrumentals that draw inspiration from global rhythms and the ongoing consolidation of wealth and power by those who can least be trusted with it. Punk and psychedelic rock join with European folk music and macroeconomic misdirection on their debut album Have A Drink With The Spoils. Recorded and mixed directly on 2" analog tape, the record explodes with fun, fury, and manic energy.

    Have A Drink With The Spoils CD

    The Spoils grew out of an earlier group that started in 2008 featuring Kaleb Asplund (Karaoke Underground) on guitar and Elena Pinto-Torres (The Smears) on drums. David DiDonato (J Church) brought his metal-influenced double-necked guitar skills to the band in 2012 and played through the recording of Have A Drink With The Spoils in late 2014. Sam Knight (New China) is the newest member, taking over bass in spring 2014 and adding a distinctly noisier presence on the low end.

    Kaleb has hosted the monthly Second Saturday Surf showcase at Nomad Bar in Austin since February 2013, featuring the best of Central Texas' thriving instro and surf-influenced scene. The Spoils are one of more than a dozen bands in regular rotation, tipping the scales of a diverse scene in a frenzied direction.

    For fans of Link Wray, Dick Dale, Ventures, Daikaiju, Man Or Astro-man?, and Pixies.

    The Spoils

    The Spoils: Have a Drink With