For almost two decades, Spottiswoode & His Enemies have been a constantly self-reinventing New York institution. The Multiple Independent Music Award Winners and Nominees have hosted residencies at the former punk mecca Coney Island High, the old lounge venue Fez, both of the former Manhattan Living Rooms and also at Joe’s Pub. The band has drawn comparisons to everyone from Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman to Ray Davies and Nick Cave. They have been profiled on NPR’s Weekend Edition, World Cafe and Soundcheck and have also toured worldwide from SXSW to “Lille Europe” in France to Lincoln Center. Paste Magazine describes the live show as “nothing short of transportive!”
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. WNYC’s John Schaefer describes him as "one of New York’s more colorful band leaders for more than a decade.” His songs have been covered by numerous artists and have been featured in a variety of films and television shows (A Street Cat Named Bob, Bloodline, She’s Out Of My League, The Ledge, Secret Circle, Tart, Bridget, Kingdom), as well as in his own short film, The Gentleman, which played for several years on the Independent Film Channel. His gothic rock opera, Above Hell’s Kitchen, was presented to sold-out crowds at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2010.
The band is currently working on its top secret seventh record to be released during their twentieth anniversary in 2017/18.
Spottiswoode & His Enemies features Spottiswoode (vocals and guitar) John Young (bass), Tim Vaill (drums), Candace DeBartolo (saxophone), Kevin Cordt (trumpet), Riley McMahon (guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel), and Tony Lauria (piano, accordion, keyboards).