Referred to as a genius and a downtown ringleader by The New Yorker, Spottiswoode is the son of an American singer and an English clergyman. WNYCs John Schaefer describes him as “one of New Yorks more colorful band leaders for more than a decade.” For the past fifteen years, Spottiswoode & His Enemies have become a New York institution. Drawing comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and The National to Ray Davies and Nick Cave, the band has been profiled on NPR’s Weekend Edition, World Cafe and Soundcheck and toured worldwide from SXSW to Lille, France to Lincoln Center.
English Dream, Spottiswoode and His Enemies sixth studio recording, is a haunting new departure for the New York septet. “It’s an English record, written and sung by an Englishman, but recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. Salvation, our fourth record – was Americana says Spottiswoode, the band’s songwriter and front man. This time we’ve gone “Anglicana” and made a pastoral collection of songs about nature, love, childhood and the other side of the pond. Sometimes its idyllic and sometimes its a bit scary.”
Spottiswoodes songs have been covered by numerous artists and have been featured in a variety of television shows and films (Shes Out Of My League, The Ledge, Tart, Bridget), as well as in his own short film, The Gentleman, which screened at Sundance and played for several years on IFC. His gothic rock opera, Above Hells Kitchen, was presented to sold-out crowds at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2010.Wedsite