Spiritual Cramp: “At the end of my life, I want to make sure that I didn’t stand in my own way”

“California’s always been popping!” So declares Michael Bingham – the creative director, driving force and vocalist behind Spiritual Cramp. For all the talk of an exciting new generation, resurgence and revival along America’s west coast, you can’t argue with his statement, as simple as it may sound. Proceeding to reel off a list of his favourite bands – spilling over into the rest of the country and the UK – Michael is as inspired as ever by the peers that his own six-piece group find themselves alongside. ​“You’ll have to stop me,” he grins, “’cause I love talking about bands who inspire me.” From Chicago post-punk outfit Stuck to hardcore up-and-comers Scowl and UK emerging stars High Vis, Michael’s list is packed with artists from all scenes and genres – somewhat of a&nb...

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