then along came a SPIDER.
In these times when punk music is getting "popped"
out, and large recording labels are trying to shove down our throats
what they think punk should be like, it's refreshing to hear a CD
like SPIDER's first release, "Youth Insurance."
SPIDER took their name from a ride by the same name
that was at the infamous Pike in Long Beach. The Pike was an old
seaside carnival in Long Beach and had the rep over the years of
attracting a gritty, and what some might have called an unsavory
crowd. I thought this is worth mentioning because it seems to also
reflect what SPIDER's music is about. This is hard-driving, straight
forward punk, with an old school influence, but at the same time
it's definitely contemporary. All tracks except for one or two are
original works written by this foursome. The lyrics are a mix of
dark metaphors, similes, and just straight up street talkin trash,
that I'm sure alot of people can relate to.
The sound is hard, fast, simple, and melodic. Hector
Martinez' raw vocals tell the story, Steve Westerkamp's driving
bass and Karl Izumi's killer cord work and leads pack the power
punch, and Al Silva's unending workout on drums pulls Spider's sound
all together. The engineering and mix is also well done. I can actually
pick out the chord progressions.
"Barcode Baby" and "Metal Detector," are a couple of
pretty hot tracks. "Shooting Stars" will let you catch your breath
for about 10 seconds, but the CD as a whole is pretty damn high-energy
and a decent first effort. If you want to see SPIDER in action you'll
have to come to the west coast at this point, but you could find
their CD on an indie label, Jesus Records, but I gotta say there's
nothing holy about SPIDER.
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