The West Coast has a reputation for being laid back, a breeding ground for those willing to take things as they come. Santa Barbara natives Clean Spill learned the hard way that such patience is an asset when trying to break into the demanding music industry. Though the musicians are still relatively young, the journey to their debut studio EP, Nothing’s on My Mind, has been eventful to say the least.
It all started back when vocalist/guitarist Pat Curren met drummer Charlie Fawcett at the tender age of 10 while participating in surfing competitions. Later high school beach days led Pat to bump into Cameron Crabtree, who joined the jamming pals on guitar. In need of a bassist, a mutual friend put Cam onto Geoff Shea, a local barber who was into the same music as the burgeoning band. “I decided to get a haircut from him and talk to him over the haircut about [playing with us],” Cam recalls. “If he would have farmed the haircut, we wouldn’t have given him the position. But it was a great haircut, so it worked out.”
That was nearly five years ago, and Clean Spill were already dreaming of the Cali rocker lifestyle. In 2014, they recorded an album of demos dubbed Dear, Anger, soon after utilizing Charlie’s connections with surf company Hurley to log their first professional studio time. What was meant to be a jam session turned into their first professionally engineered and mixed EP, 2015’s XO.
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