(Spinefarm Records / 2014)
One of the most common things people who listen and talk about music tend to mention is that everything works in circles and sooner or later, there is a genre, a certain kind of bands, some wave that’s going to be in the eye of everyone’s attention and those bands will receive every compliment from those who make a living or spent their free time (like myself) listening and writing about bands and the free running tendencies on those cultural fields of today. With this kind of assumption it’s inevitable to also stumble upon the nasty habit of looking down on bands that, with or without cycles, with or without trendiness trains to catch, there are those around who still keep loyal to their music and couldn’t be less worried about the fact of being placed inside the same bag of trending bands or not. It’s unfair because there are a lot of bands out there making very good things and not getting enough credit for it.
This kind of initial lament came up following plenty of minutes thinking about “Shake Electric”, the latest album from the Swedish band SPIDERS, and this kind of music that may sound dated and not aligned with the modern times and sounds of these days. There’s a very strong line keeping SPIDERS connected to past decades but that’s exactly what gives them and this record a strong sense of quality. Because this line is holding them back there, but it’s not stopping them of playing with the different sensibilities found in music influenced by past ages of rock while still keeping faithful to all the modern alternative music demands. That’s why they offer us simple guitar parts who live like a small virus, steadily spreading around our perception and settling inside without us knowing what is happening. That’s why the voices are clean and melodic, wrapped in a seventies aura and supported by strong choruses, written to be shared with those who share this kind of affection for timeless music. That’s also why this record’s production is clear and crystal enough for us to absorb all this.
I could write up a small memory exercise here, trying to describe the vocalist gallery in which Ann-Sofie could feel right at home, all the genres that SPIDERS bring to life in different moments of their songs or how easy their references can jump between such different places like heavy rock and soul, proto-punk and the typical hard-rock of that curve when you’re leaving the seventies and heading up straight into the eighties, but the best exercise that any one of us can do is to grab this record and listen to it several times, knowing that it will sound good in each and every spin.
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]