Morning Spy was a San Francisco-based indie pop band invested in electric guitar textures and fuzzy, yet intricate songwriting. Their debut LP, Subsequent Light, was released to modest obscurest acclaim, receiving positive reviews and eventually earning a spot on a handful of year-end "best of" lists. The limited edition Two Horses EP was released by KEEP Recordings soon thereafter to even better reviews.
Abandoned Love Records released Morning Spy's third effort, The Silver Age, which draws from much of the modern history of outsider pop - at times evoking early 70's glitter rock, reverb-drenched dream pop, the lo-fi sentiment, heady soundscapes and occasional bombast.
Jon Rooney and Mark Loftin formed Morning Spy as a recording project, adding Allison Goffman on vocals, guitar and keyboard and James Spadaro on lead guitar. Subsequent Light was recorded by Bart Thurber at House Of Faith Recording Studios in Oakland, CA. The band recorded Two Horses themselves at their rehearsal space in Balboa Park for release on KEEP Recordings. The Silver Age was recorded at Tiny Telephone by Aaron Prellwitz and Closer Studios by Glynn Durham in San Francisco, CA and mixed by Prellwitz at Tiny Telephone.
Morning Spy toured throughout California and, in support of The Silver Age, much of the western United States. They shared the stage with such artists as Silversun Pickups, the Helio Sequence, Bound Stems, the Ex-Boyfriends, the Dying Californian and Minmae. Their music has received airplay from KCPR-FM (San Luis Obispo, CA), KZSU (Stanford, CA), CIUT-FM (Toronto), KSCU-FM (Santa Clara, CA), KUCI-FM (Irvine, CA), WMUC-FM (College Park, MD), Bagel Radio (San Francisco, CA), Radio XY and Jellyfish Radio and been featured in various television and film projects, including the independant films A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar and Emma as well as the CBS television show The Ghost Whisperer.
Jon Rooney writes, records and performs as Virgin of the Birds and runs Abandoned Love Records in Seattle, WA. Mark Loftin has played with San Francisco bands Astral and Foxtail Somersault among other projects. James Spadaro plays lead guitar in Foxtail Somersault.
The Silver Age
Abandoned Love Records
10 songs, 2005
6 songs, 2004
11 songs, 2004
"Morning Spy is making beautifully intelligent pop music …The Silver Age is an excellent record."
– Pop Matters
"San Francisco's Morning Spy split the difference between Dean Wareham's Galaxie 500 meanderings and the more focused pop of Luna--weaving through it all contemporary strands of indie rock."
- The Portland Mercury
"Sugar-coated in malaise and abandonment issues on tape, The Silver Age bounces from the lo-fi indie folk that is gaining more popularity in the underground to the obscure art rock that lays out gorgeous pathways to excellence encouraging other acts to follow"
"The Silver Age is an album full of sweet, dreamy pop music that's inviting and infectious"
- Punk Planet
"Starting with an already-cultivated dream pop, mid-fi composite, the San Francisco quartet have built on their strengths with a trajectory somewhere between Destroyer and Grandaddy. Their new LP, The Silver Age (Keep and Abandoned Love), shows a quickly developing maturity in songwriting and production, with greater interaction between music and lyrics, and a mix that displays a well-toned sonic physique"
- San Francisco Chronicle
"[Two Horses] is quite simply one of the better EPs I've heard so far this year."
"From the spacey pop-rock of [Subsequent Light's] opener, 'I Am the Time' to the somber-sounding Velvet Underground-inspired closing track, 'Cosmonauts,' one really must consider the possibility that Lou Reed had four love-children with Francois Hardy"
- Left Off the Dial
"Rooney's use of alliteration and unconventional rhyme schemes make the lyrics to songs such as 'Princess Vancouver,' 'Voices and Vigils' and 'In the Silver Age' stick in the listener's mind and help the music to do the same"
- Copper Press
Thursday 10/05 @ Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA w/ Bound Stems & Ex-Boyfriends
Saturday 4/29 @ Old Towne Pub - Pasadena, CA w/ The Dying Californian & The Harpeth Trace
Friday 4/28 @ The Ivy Room - Albany, CA w/ The Dying Californian & Foxtail Somersault
Thursday 1/5 @ Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA w/ Ex-Boyfriends & Teri Falini
Thursday 11/3 @ Edinburgh Castle - San Francisco, CA w/ Parker Street Cinema & Empty Rooms
Wednesday 6/29 @ Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA w/ Vervein & Teri Falini
Saturday 6/18 @ Luckey's - Eugene, OR w/ Minmae, Test Face, the Hellpets & the Empty
Friday 6/17 @ ACME - Portland, OR w/ Tony Moreno & Pentecostal Hotel
Wednesday 6/15 @ The Fillmore Poster Room - San Francisco, CA Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Saturday 5/21 @ The Zephyr Lounge - Reno, NV w/ 5thirty5
Friday 5/20 @ Starry Night - Provo, UT w/ Gift Anon, The Midnight Sky & Eden Express
Thursday 5/19 @ Hi-Dive - Denver, CO w/ Monofog
Wednesday 5/18 @ Atomic Cantina - Albuquerque, NM w/ Gina Go Faster & Amazing Larry
Tuesday 5/17 @ Plush - Tucson, AZ
Tuesday 5/17 @ Zia Records - Tucson, AZ (Solo in-store)
Sunday 5/15 @ Emerald Lounge - Phoenix, AZ w/ Same Page
Saturday 5/14 @ Scolari's Office - San Diego, CA w/ The Drinks
Friday 5/13 @ Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, CA w/ Ana Egge, Josh Radin, Kelly Dalton, & Seven
Thursday 5/12 @ Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA w/ Anamude & Ray's Vast Basement
Wednesday 5/4 @ The Make Out Room - San Francisco, CA (Solo) w/ Parting Glance & The Paranoids
Wednesday 4/6 @ The Fillmore Poster Room - San Francisco, CA Ray Lamontagne>
Monday 3/21 @ The Fat Cat Music House and Lounge - Modesto, CA w/ Climber, The Drinks & Apollo Trigger
Saturday 3/19 @ Tongue & Groove - San Francisco, CA w/ Parting Glance, Climber & The Drinks
Wednesday 2/9 @ Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA w/ Amy Cooper & DJ Kelley Stoltz (release show for The Silver Age)
Sunday 10/10 @ The Cherry Bar - San Francisco, CA w/ Parker Street Cinema, The Last Laugh Terror Squad, Plasterkatz & Francis 8
Thursday 9/2 @ The Make Out Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Catalog Only & Fire Wrecks the Forest
Saturday 8/28 @ The Mile High Club - Oakland, CA w/ Silversun Pickups & Space Mtn.
Friday 8/13 @ Edinburgh Castle - San Francisco, CA w/ Minmae, Parting Glance & Nobody's Star (Redding, CA)
Monday 8/9 @ Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA w/ The Helio Sequence & David Berkeley
Saturday 7/10 @ The Hemlock - San Francisco, CA w/ Ex-Boyfriends (a Playing In Fog show)
Wednesday 6/30 @ Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA w/ El Capitan & Steele Crosswhite
Wednesday 5/12 @ The Make Out Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Breezy Porticos & The Desoto Reds
Saturday 4/24 @ The Ivy Room - Albany, CA w/ Our Lady of the Highway & Farma
Wednesday 3/17 @ Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA w/ the Herms & An Angle
Friday 2/27 @ Tongue & Groove - San Francisco, CA w/ The Zim Zims & Scissors for Lefty
Saturday, 1/31 @ Edinburgh Castle - San Francisco, CA w/ Parting Glance & El Capitan (release show for Subsequent Light)
Friday 11/21 @ Tongue & Groove - San Francisco, CA w/ Betaville, Blue Blazer, & Alex Walsh
Thursday 10/9 @ Pier 23 - San Francisco, CA w/ Parker Street Cinema & Starseed
Monday 9/22, 9pm @ Kimo's - San Francisco, CA w/ Blue Blazer
Wednesday 9/10, 8pm @ The Curve Bar - San Francisco, CA w/ Grand Unified Theory & Otm Shank
Wednesday 8/27 @ The Curve Bar - San Francisco, CA w/ Last of the Blacksmiths
Monday 8/25 @ The Curve Bar - San Francisco, CA w/ Parker Street Cinema
Wednesday, 8/20 @ The Make Out Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Fojimoto & Pony Boy
Friday 8/1 @ Tongue & Groove - San Francisco, CA w/ Desoto Reds, The Ebb & Flow, & Low Flying Owls
Wednesday 7/18 @ The Curve Bar - San Francisco, CA w/ Parker Street Cinema
Wednesday 6/18 @ The Curve Bar - San Francisco, CA w/ Grand Unified Theory & Parker Street Cinema
Tuesday, 4/8 @ The Make Out Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Fibonacci & Mica Lee Williams
Thursday, 3/17 @ Edinburgh Castle - San Francisco, CA w/ Kill The Robots & Parting Glance
Saturday, 3/1 @ Tongue & Groove - San Francisco, CA w/ One Light Out & io
Tuesday, 12/17 @ Club Galia - San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, 11/20 @ Edinburgh Castle - San Francisco, CA w/ First Day Spaces
Wednesday, 10/16 @ Tongue & Groove - San Francisco, CA w/ Love Infinity & Chris Porro
Wednesday, 8/21 @ Tongue & Groove - San Francisco, CA w/ The Andy Peters Show & Jeff Gutman
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