Any indie-pop band going would gladly sell its soul to pagan gods, burn its guitars, and commit to a 10-month tour with the Billy Corgan-only Smashing Pumpkins to write just one song like the Spinto Band’s “Oh Mandy.” The third track on the Delaware group’s 2005 album, Nice and Nicely Done, “Oh Mandy” is so sweet and narcotic that each new listen must strip at least four more hours off of your life. Of course, there were other songs on that record too, good songs, but they generally vanished behind the glistening pop majesty of the single. Moonwink, the Spinto Band’s most recent offering, doesn’t have an “Oh Mandy.” It’s an album of 11 catchy songs that never really hit the same mixture of melancholy and uplift. But that just means there are 30 minutes of music to be impressed by, rather than a mere three minutes to enjoy over and over again obsessively.
THE SPINTO BAND PERFORMS WITH MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNER AND TITLE TRACKS AT 9 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490.