Nice sleeve, nicely raucous garagey rock and roll but.... Spider Bags? Spider. Bags. Anyway the Bags have gone back to basics by using a vintage Tascam machine to record this second album giving the record a better punch to it leading the band to make a record that makes you think about all the worlds problems in so much as 'ah fuck it, let's rock, let's roll'.
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Once again nobody’s trying and I love it. House fans complain about people lazily naming themselves things like Ross From Friends and DJ Seinfeld but, for real, have you ever even started with rock music? If it wasn’t bad enough already there’s now a band called Spider Bags and I’m fully here for their inability to put two good words together. Bands make music, not business names.
The non-sequitur nonsense phrase that is Spider Bags suppliers these folks with everything you need to know. Their music is lo-fi and low-key, recorded flatly onto whatever half-awake equipment, giving you the feel of a band playing in a living room, with the curtains closed, just after the hangover’s gone away. While they sound like a feast of well-worn garage tricks at first, they prove themselves capable of putting about half a dozen different hooks into one song, using the five and a half minute stretch of opener “Restless” to try out different solos, riffs, wahs and yelps, like Alex G turned jam band. It’s brilliant, actually.
And the hooks just keep coming. “Oxcart Blues” is a semi-surfy gem in which guitars coast by, yes, even the distorted ones, the band yelping and hollering overtop as if something’s gone wrong but actually, it’s all fine -- by the time the instruments have started tracing eachother’s riffs you should be enraptured. “Alligator” is twanging, emotive dynamite; “Cop Dream” is a quick blurt of hardcore nonsense. “My Heart is a Flame in Reverse” is a cowpunk ballad that… seems to regret not being ghostwritten for Modest Mouse? And so the record continues like this, a shambling iteration of anything Spider Bags can think of, thrown off and never thought of again. They keep 'em coming, and I keep on listening.
8/10 JBR Customer review, 2nd August 2018
Just posting this b/c the reviewer (ROBIN) says that the band name is nonsense and arbitrary, but the term comes from the TV show The Wire, where a spider bag is (if I recall correctly) some amount of heroin. Easily found by Googling.
Haven't heard the album, but gave it four stars like ROBIN did.
If there was a way to send ROBIN a msg I would, but I can't find a way, hence this review. At this point I'm just including characters b/c there's a 500-character minimum.
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