Today on The Spindle, Marc and John dig into a purist 7-inch band: Minnesota’s Halo of Flies, whose discography is practically all singles. Guitarist Tom Hazelmyer launched the Amphetamine Reptile label to put out music by the trio; it eventually became a home for noise rock stalwarts Helmet, Cows, and Unsane, but Halo of Flies stood out in the grunge era as a band unafraid to put catchy melodies inside swirling feedback. Dig it!
About The Spindle: The 7-inch record isn’t just a format—it’s an art form. On each episode of The Spindle podcast, music writer Marc Masters (Pitchfork, The Wire, Bandcamp) and music historian (and music maker) John Howard dive into a great 7-inch, dissecting its background, impact, and the reasons why it stands out as a small plastic piece of music history.
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