Spitalfield is another one of my favorite pop punk bands I have on rotation. I discovered these guys when I heard the song ‘I Loved The Way She Said “L.A.”’ on a Victory Records sampler that I got with my Taking Back Sunday – Where You Want To Be CD. Yeah there was a time when I still purchased CDs. The sampler was full of gems that I had never heard before and grew to love – Hawthorne Heights, Bayside and these guys.
Spitalfield – I Loved The Way She Said ‘L.A.’
The song had relatable title and lyrics, which drew me into them. You know the feeling you get when you listen to a song and you think that it was written just for you? Yeah, that was me listening to that song. Of course I had to check out the rest of their discography, and predictably I fell in love with the band. Positive lyrics, upbeat music, and just enough gruff that made them more punk than pop and one of the smoothest vocalists in the scene.
Mark Rose, the band’s vocalist, had a soft singing style that wasn’t aggressive in the slightest. But it somehow fit over the band’s pop punk guitars, creating a mellow, easy listening experience. It’s much more evident in his solo records that his voice was meant for pop/blues, but with the band the combination was a unique combination.
The band eventually split up after their last release and Rose went on to release music on his own, as well as creating a songwriting service. I’m still looking forward till the day the band reunites (if it ever happens) but for now, here are some of my favorite tracks from the band and Mark Rose:
Spitalfield – Five Days And Counting
Spitalfield – Make My Heart Attack
Spitalfield – What Were You Thinking?
Spitalfield – The Future is Now
Spitalfield – From The Desk Of B. Larsen
Spitalfield – The Only Thing That Matters
Spitalfield – Won’t Back Down
Spitalfield – Novocaine
Spitalfield – 16:49 Army Time
Spitalfield – Are We Still Here?
Mark Rose – I Can See You (With My Eyes Closed)
Mark Rose – Watch The Water Dry
Mark Rose – She Doesn’t