Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
BURGER RECORDS X VOLCOM PRESENT CYBER SINGLES CLUB: HAMMERED SATIN – UPWARD SPIRAL
Sometimes things you’ve done in the past lead to another entirely different thing years later. Such is the case with Noah Wallace, lead singer of Hammered Satin. Formed in 2010 with Noah, Dan Sandvick (bassist), and Conor Berle (guitarist), Hammered Satin released their first cassette with Burger Records in 2012.
“Sean and Lee from Burger Records had a band called Thee Makeout Party and my old band S’cool Girls played with them once in like 2005,” remembers Noah. Sean adds, “We’ve been idolizing Hammered Satin for years in their many incarnations as the forever-young bubblegum glam pop gods of LA. First we knew them as Teachers Pet out of San Diego, and a few years later Noah blew minds with his amazing band S’Cool Girls. Now, they’ve evolved to their most perfect form, Hammered Satin! Signing Hammered Satin was kind of a no-brainer. We didn’t have to pitch ourselves. We were already buddies and good friends, and playing music with each other from back in the day created that natural affinity that we like to associate ourselves with.”
An interest in obscure records was always a common bond. Noa notes, “They’re like record collector guys. We’re all record collectors. There is a weird understanding among the record collector community if you know what I mean, so you know where the influences are coming from whereas most people don’t.”
So where did the influence for “Upward Spiral” come from? “It’s a motivational song,” says Noah, “meant to inspire the listener into believing in themselves. Artists these days seem to be quite negative and down on themselves. It’s like some sort of epidemic. I think of this song as an antidote to negative thinking. I first heard the phrase ‘upward spiral’ said by the character Jack Donaghy on the TV show 30 Rock. Thought it was funny, so I used it. And in the spirit of glam rock, it’s slightly braggadocious proclaiming that you are on an ‘upward spiral’ rather than a downward one!”
You can also own the 7″ vinyl record for Upward Spiral which also includes the song Lavender Lightning Lady.