Was anybody else aware that a new Spider Bags 7″ was upon us? I certainly had no idea until I received an e-mail yesterday about their brand new 7″ from Churchkey Records. It’s still not due out for a good chunk of time – until about midway through October on the 19th – but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it! This is their first release since their second full-length effort, “Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World”, and as the e-mail claims (and rightfully so!), “Take It Easy Tonite continues the quality output.” Two awesomely produced and new ramshackle punk-rock-country throw downs (just like the Spider Bags you know and love) put out on beautiful blue and violet swirled vinyl in a limited edition of 100, and then some on the traditional black vinyl. Now you just gotta wait til October 19th…
According to this e-mail, the song on the A-side (“Take It Easy Tonite”) is about the Spider Bag’s undying love for partying while they’re on tour. Normally when the band pulls in late to their next stop on tour, they claim that they’re gonna “take it easy” for the night. Unfortunately for the Bags, it never seems to work out this way. You might be able to figure that out by their music, too, because once you get to the bar, it’s kind of difficult to just “take it easy”. Lead singer and guitarist Dan McGee had this to say about the nature of the song, “It sounded kind of fun to write a hard-rocking pop song around the idea of ‘taking it easy.'” So as you can see, they just basically took this idea and ran with it. The result? This wonderful track “Take It Easy Tonite”, which was carefully mixed for over an entire month. You can hear it in the recording too – epic, eyebrow-searing guitars, echoing drums, and an attitude that’s sure to make you want smash everything in sight – check it out below!
Then the B-side, “Shaunda (What’s My Sign?)”, kind of goes off in a not-so-similar direction. They slow things down for a dirge-like feel, and as it’s said perfectly in this e-mail, “it’s a singeing breath of strung-out fire that’s sure to leave a mark – a late-night rock ‘n’ roll slow-burner.” Normally I’d come up with my own description, but whoever wrote this shit totally nailed it. Props! They even went as far as including overdubs of backwards drumming, which if you’re paying attention close enough, you can certainly hear it. Now I’m curious why they would want to do that. And I almost completely forgot to mention that this B-side features the singing of Bryan Schmitz – a dude you might remember from The Golden Boys. The Bags take control of the instruments while Mr. Schmitz sings away. Normally I’d stream this track for ya as well, but it’s out of my hands this time. October 19th isn’t that far away!
PS – Titus Andronicus and Free Energy tonight @ the Church
Take It Easy Tonite –
My Rating: 9/10
Genre/ Tags: Country, Punk, Garage Rock
Take It Easy Tonite 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Take It Easy Tonite
2.) Shaunda (What’s My Sign?)
THE BAGS on Myspace
A nice little write-up about the Spider Bags on the Churchkey website
No links to buy this 7″ just yet – just wait a bit closer til Oct. 19th
Check out this awesomely insightful interview w/ Dan McGee @ The Chronicle
Spider Bags – A Celebration of Hunger previously posted on the Drone
Spider Bags – Hey Delinquents 7″ also previously posted on the Drone
10 thoughts on “Spider Bags – Take It Easy Tonite 7″”
Thanks for the kind words about the new Spider Bags record! Folks looking to make sure they get a copy on blue/purple vinyl (limited to 100) can pre-order from our website, even though the record isn’t out ’til the 19th:
Actually, Spider Bags put out two other seven inches between this one and GCHWCW – “Teenage Eyes” b/w “Eileen” on Odessa Records, and “Dog in the Snow” b/w “Walking Walking Nowhere Nowhere” on Bull City Records. Both great!
Dan McGee also put out a small run (maybe 20 or so?) of cassettes of home recordings, taped over found copies of an album by University of North Carolina mens’ acapella group the Clef Hangers. Neat!
Thanks for the heads up Pat! Certainly will check those out. Any idea where I can get my hands on that cassette tape?