Born out of Covid boredom and armed with a freshly acquired TASCAM 388, Northern California’s The Wind-Ups are the fully realized bedroom project of Jake Sprecher (Terry Malts, Smokescreens, Jonathan Richman). The debut EP, Try Not To Think, is a lo-fi punk rock n’ roll burst that veteran Infrasonic mastering tech Dave Gardner (Black Lips, King Khan) calls “one of the loudest records [he’s] ever worked on.”

It might remind you of The Saints, The Ramones or The Spits, but if you listen a little longer, you’re sure to pick up on an unabashed power pop backbone that sources influence from the Modern Lovers, Paul Collins’ Beat, The Shoes, and so on.

Former Terry Malts members Phill Benson (Neutrals) and Nathan Sweatt are waiting in the wings to join the live band when life returns to normal.

Try Not To Think sees release on June 18, 2021 via Mt.St.Mtn. The first pressing is on clear and green splatter vinyl. The album will be distributed worldwide by Revolver USA and Cargo UK.


Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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