Video Of Johnny Spencer (Drummer of Stringer) In Altercation with Unruly NY Yankee Fan Goes Viral
Stringer drummer Johnny Spencer’s run-in with an unruly Yankee fan has gone viral, getting picked up by Barstool Sports.
Check out the video here: https://www.barstoolsports.
Johnny says, “This is me getting beer poured on me because the Yankees were winning. Despite the look on my face, I was having a blast repping the A’s, as I was born and raised in Oakland and have been an A’s fan my whole life. Now that I live in NYC, I’ve also become a Mets fan because all of Stringer and our Brooklyn crew our Mets fans. We even named our venue “Shea Stadium” after the old Mets stadium. Needless to say, I’ve hated the Yankees my whole life. Some things will never change.”
The story has a happy ending though. After seeing the clip, The Oakland A’s called upon fans to identify Johnny via Twitter (see below). He has reached out to his beloved hometown team and is anxiously awaiting his new gear, which he will continue to wear proudly.
Stringer will be on tour with NJ’s The Cryptkeeper Five in November. See dates below.
OCT 26 Berlin – Under A- NYC (w/ Warpark, Don Babylon, Cold Beaches)
NOV 15 Metropolitan Kitchen Annapolis- Odenton, MD (w/ THE CK5 + Alements + more)
NOV 16 Wonderland RVA- Richmond VA (w/ THE CK5 )
NOV 17 Studio Brew- Bristol,VA (w/ THE CK5 + Nerve Endings + Moose Roberts)
NOV 19 The Southgate House Revival- Newport, KY (w/ The CK5, The Epidemic)
NOV 20 Slash Run- Washington, DC (w/ The CK5)
NOV 21 The TUSK- Philadelphia, PA (w/ THE CK5)
What others are saying about Stringer’s “My Bad”:
“Stringer often play furious, scraggly rock music that manages to evoke the frantic energy of the city they call home but also the constant war against your surroundings that can come with living in New York. Across the album, there are also stylistic modulations, with Stringer occasionally employing a sound that’s akin to a roughened echo of ’80s college rock or ’90s indie.”- Stereogum
“… a quick and dirty blast of attitudinal rock ‘n’ roll that slides and glides like classic punk and feels like the kind of furious throat punch that only NYC music can deliver. You could call it garage rock but one suspects there are few garages in the heart of the city and so perhaps alley rock or gutter rock is better nomenclature. But Stringer manages to elevate the gutter to art.”- PopMatters
““Ghosts” is a ragged, punk-y garage rock song that grapples with the changes in their hometown and people’s perceptions of it.”– Stereogum
“Stringer’s latest is a winning combination of heady indie and punk grit, smartly straddling both to great effect.” (4/5 stars)- New Noise Magazine
“…A little bit of punk with a little bit of indie, combined to create this garage-rocky anthem that’s sure to make quite a first impression.”- Substream
“…smartly crafted, moody pop with a permeating sense of sorrow that creates an intriguing duo of works. While members of Stringer have played in various bands, they retain a DIY ethic that is highly commendable, as is their adherence to providing a new twist to standard pop-punk fare.”- Jersey Beat
“… off kilter psych influenced power pop that is delivered with a punk rock attitude …My Bad will undoubtedly to appeal to fans of the more left field punk bands, devotees of the likes of Culture Abuse, The Dead Milkmen and Baked will find something to treasure amongst the eclectic and unpredictable grooves…an unapologetically idiosyncratic album that flits between genres without ever quite settling on one…Stringer have produced something strange and offbeat that manages to defy description.”- The Punk Site
“…as quirky as they are catchy….sounds like Wavves getting it on with Pkew Pkew Pkew while FIDLAR is watching from the side.”- Punk Rock Theory
“…the brattiness of a Fidlar song mashed together with the straight-up rock of a band like The Hives…”- Punknews
“…an eclectic 13 songs that are relatable, colorful, and intriguing.”- Spinning Thoughts
“…has that throwback garage feel, the kind where it is as dirty as a sexually transmitted disease, as contagious as Influenza A…”- Madness To Creation
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“My Bad” was produced by Adam Reich (So So Glos, ex-Titus Andronicus).
Check out the music video for “Ghosts” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
As one of the resident “house bands” at the beloved– recently closed– NYC underground venue Shea Stadium, Stringer (known in a previous incarnation as Heeney) has been active in the Brooklyn DIY scene for several years (most recently featured in the Rolling Stone doc ‘DIY in NYC’). Over the years, the band has played shows with the likes of Titus Andronicus, So-So Glos, Porches, Speedy Ortiz, Slothrust and SWMRS to name a few.
Max Kagan & Mark Fletcher, both native New Yorkers, met on 12/12/12 during a 24-hour long noise show at their beloved hometown venue/clubhouse Shea Stadium. After joining forces with powerhouse drummer Johnny Spencer, the three have been making music under various names ever since. The most refined & fully-formed version of that collaboration can be found in the form of Stringer, who, with the addition of Riley Zimmer (bass), have been a band since late 2015. Stringer likes eating ethnic food & drinking at old man bars that open at 8am.