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Take Five with The Alternate Side: Spanish Prisoners

by Kara Manning

Not quite straight out of Brooklyn (but by way of Columbus, Ohio too), Spanish Prisoners released its dreamy sophomore album, Gold Fools, last fall, debuting the band's current lineup. Founded by guitarist and vocalist Leo Maymind, Spanish Prisoners is one of the rare bands that claims four singers switching lead vocals, with Maymind, drummer Michael DiSanto, bassist James Higgs and keyboardist Amberly Hungerford taking on frontperson duties, depending on the song.

Determined to tour the States and play SXSW earlier this year, Spanish Prisoners raised the funds needed to buy a van that they nicknamed "Steve." They're also in the process of writing a third album and just released a mixtape, called Prior Art, which can be streamed and downloaded here.

Spanish Prisoners — driving north to the Bronx in the fan-funded "Steve" — visited Studio A not long ago for a session and not only played tracks from Gold Fools, but debuted a brand new song, tentatively titled "My Good Friends."

Watch all of the in-studio videos at The Alternate Side, and listen to the session when it airs today at 11am EDT on 91.5 WNYE and online.


Take Five with Spanish Prisoners