Mike Spine debuts two new singles

Mike Spine debuts two new singles
Mike Spine

Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II, is the 10th full-length studio album for Seattle based artist Mike Spine. It is a 32 track double album, an anthology containing the best of Mike’s songwriting and recordings from the last two decades. Mike Spine. Today, he is sharing the first singles “Sand in Your Teeth” and “Second Hand”, which are available to stream today.

Volume I is a collection of Spine’s folk rock and rock songs. Volume II contains Spine’s more rock and punk material. For twenty years, Mike Spine bounced between the worlds of folk rock, underground rock and punk, while simultaneously working as an inner city language arts and social studies teacher in Seattle, Portland, New York and London.

Since retiring from public school teaching in 2011, Mike has spent his time focused on music, having performed hundreds of concerts and benefit shows in multiple continents, ranging from Italy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Costa Rica. The last few years he has split his time between the US and Europe, touring extensively throughout the EU and often living out of a motorhome for months at a time

Mike Spine on “Sand in Your Teeth” and “Second Hand”

Sand in Your Teeth is a song dedicated to the workers of the world. I wrote it when I was living a difficult life teaching Language Arts in the South Bronx in NYC. I was stuck in an airport in Richmond, Virginia due to hurricane weather on the US’s “Labor Day” weekend and observing my surroundings. People were frustrated and being very abusive with the airline workers, who could not control the weather, nor had little control over the policies of the corporations they worked for. The final chorus of the song is a variation of the labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, who said “Mourn the dead; fight like hell for the living!”

Second Hand is a rocker I started when I lived in Portland, Oregon and finished when I moved to New York City. It’s simultaneously about being judged and burned by people forming their opinions with “second hand” information, and the inferno I saw coming decades ago with our massive consumption of fossil fuels. It’s insane that the Koch Brothers, big oil, and the rest of the people turning the Earth into an oven still dominate politics, or even have a place at the table. Their crimes against humanity and ecology will likely turn our world upside down in a way I think few people deeply look at or comprehend.

06/02 Lake Como, IT @ Mountain Lake Music Festival
06/03 Lake Como, IT @ Mountain Lake Music Festival

Artist: Mike Spine
Album: Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II
Label: Global Seepej Records
Release Date: June 1st, 2018

Volume I:
01. Delirious
02. Meteorite
03. Sand In Your Teeth
04. The French Girl
05. Crumble
06. Sinaloa
07. La Frontera
08. Primrose Hill
09. Nora
10. Mouth of Hell
11. Razors
12. The Beautiful Sunset
13. Cutter
14. Black Diamond
15. The Accordion
16. Spanish Anarchy

Volume II:
01. Kiss and Remember
02. Second Hand
03. Transylvania
04. Power Broker
05. Iron Lake
06. Another Day
07. Meteorite (Rock Version)
08. Lick and Squeal
09. Miklukho-Maklay
10. La Frontera (Rock Version)
11. Mott Haven
12. First Day of Spring
13. Mouth of Hell (Rock Version)
14. The Ointment
15. Joys of Oil
16. Battle in Seattle

“Sand In Your Teeth”

“Second Hand”

Mike spine live

06/02 Lake Como, IT @ Mountain Lake Music Festival
06/03 Lake Como, IT @ Mountain Lake Music Festiva


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