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As you may already know, the SPIDER BAGS just dropped their fourth and first album for Merge Records, Frozen Letter. They stopped in Philadelphia last night at Boot & Saddle to play songs from the LP, joined on stage by Philly trio NO OTHER and local psych-punks TYGATON. No Other released their EP I Believe In Werner Herzog in 2013, while Tygaton have a small collection of material available on Bandcamp. We caught the Bags last time (?) they were in Philadelphia, where they were touring for their previous album on Odessa Records, Shake My Head. Witness their psych-flavored country-punk debauchery, executed in full-form right below, along with an accompanying video of No Other. Now when the Bags are in your town, you know what to do.
No Other – “Opaque”
These ladies hit hard and heavy with their psych-flared take on punk – luckily for us they’ve got a new 7″ single coming soon, courtesy of Negative Fun Records in North Carolina. Witness them play “Opaque,” the B-side to their 7″, then catch them live for a full dose of their sound – they were throwing around some new material and boy was it monstrous.
Spider Bags – “Summer of ’79” and “Japanese Vacation”
The Bags began their set with a couple of choice tracks from their previous albums, namely “Friday Night” and “Que Viva El Rocanrol,” before proceeding into the new material. They started with their cover of John Wesley Coleman’s “Summer of ’79” before jumping headfirst into “Japanese Vacation.”
Spider Bags – “Back With You Again in the World”
They followed up with the introductory track to Frozen Letter – this one quickly stirs the pot with it’s stomping rhythm, led by Dan McGee’s squealing guitar work and rugged howling.
Spider Bags – “Eyes of Death”
They nearly ended their set with “Eyes of Death,” a staggering psychedelic anthem that is the closing statement on Frozen Letter. Despite the venue’s time restraints they had time for one final song after “Eyes of Death,” so the Bags quickly ripped through “Papa Was a Shithead” before calling it a night. And what a night it was – you can see some more video from the show right here.
Frozen Letter LP (Merge)
Shake My Head LP (Odessa)
Spider Bags Live in Philadelphia (09/21/12)
Papa Was a Shithead 7″ (Sophomore Lounge)
Take It Easy Tonite 7″ (Churchkey)
Hey Delinquents 7″ (Daggerman)
A Celebration of Hunger (Birdman)
The SPIDER BAGS fourth full-length album, Frozen Letter, may have just nabbed the award for best psychedelic-garage rock summer jam of 2014 (if such a thing even exists in these troubled times). A concise-but-concentrated dose of riffage that channels the spirit of both classic and even punk rock with just the right dash of wooziness at times; it’s a record that channels the chaotic spirit of such seminal works as Alex Chilton’s Like Flies on Sherbert to these ears. Continue reading “Spider Bags – Frozen Letter”
Dan McGee and the SPIDER BAGS tore shit up this weekend in Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie. They played upstairs in an apartment which made for a blazing sweatfest, which is probably the only real way to experience the Bags in a live setting anyway. They headlined the show, following the destructive acts of some like-minded bands like the Golden Boys, the Limes, and Philly’s brand new scuzz-punks the Residuels (whose set I unfortunately missed). The Bags were forced to finish by 11pm, so they plowed through a near half-hour set, gracing our ears with the rock & roll monstrosities that make up their latest album, the epic Shake My Head. On top of those songs, they even played the entirety of their Papa Was a Shithead 7″ from Sophomore Lounge Records.
By now the Bags have certainly come a long way, from the twangy country-punk of A Celebration of Hunger to this brand new and electrifying offering from Odessa Records. Witness a lethal batch of these tracks come to life right below, followed by your solemn vow that you will always go and see Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags each and every time they come to your town. Also, don’t forget to check the rest of the videos from the show right here. Continue reading “Spider Bags Live in Philadelphia (09/21/12)”