Backstage Pass: SPiN

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a series where we introduce an independent artist from Ourtunez. This week, we caught up with SPiN, winners of our Indie Showdown Contest. You can check out their music on

Congratulations to Philly band SPiN for winning our Indie Showdown Contest for their song “Pushed Around”. This comes as no surprise, as SPiN has been one of our top artists since they signed up for Ourtunez. SPiN’s use of multiple rock elements appeals to a wide range of listeners.

Part of SPiN’s success is due to the chemistry within the band. With humble beginnings in a high school jazz band and starting off doing covers, SPiN has grown and evolved since their first hit single “Home” in 2007. “It’s very much a collaborative thing. We all write, so we all bring ideas up and work on them until they’re smash hits. Which, of course they all are,” says Jim Vacca, who plays the keys, bass synth, and provides vocals. Eric Rothenheber (lead vocals, guitar), Henry Cieplinski (lead guitar, vocals), and Lou Chudnofsky (drums) make up the rest of SPiN.


SPiN’s sound has been compared to bands of the past and present like Queen and Muse. They combine heavy chords with pop synth sounds for a perfect balance. Mix this with great songwriting, vocals and a great beat, and you got a song like “Pushed Around.” This is a song we can see blasting through the radio waves and being an arena anthem. “Hank brought the original idea up. He said he wrote it on the throne. Then we beat it up until it sounds like we want. Next we put down a rough live mix before recording it. We put together our own makeshift studio, which is great because of the creative freedom we have. Also, there’s the low low studio session price of free. That helps too.” This band truly does it on their own terms.

Ourtunez Featured Artist: SPiN

Ourtunez Featured Artist: SPiN

SPiN has a memorable past as well as a promising future. They’ve provided support for bands like Halestorm, Fuel, Hinder, SafetySuit, Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, Red, Fat Joe, RA and more. They’ve done over 500 live performances. New music is on the way for SPiN. “We are working on a new EP as well as a new video for one of the songs on it… I guess we could be done with it late summer, early fall, we hope. Wait…is it fall yet?” Time flies when you’re having fun, right? “Lou blows kerosine balls in his backyard. We watch. That’s fun. We all do different things. Couple guys are real into baseball, some into light porn. Ya know. Typical stuff.” Interesting hobbies but that’s expected from a true, outspoken rock band. 

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-Nino Munaco (Ourtunez Editor)