Black Spiders backstory
It’s more than six years since Sheffield’s finest released any new music but the return of Black Spiders has got the UK rock scene buzzing.
Formed in 2008 but disbanded less than a decade later, Pete ‘Spider’ Spiby and his buddies blazed a trail for stoner-styled hard rock with a Steel City slant.
An early tour with Airbourne helped forge a reputation for wild live shows and within a year the band was opening up for Stone Gods and making its hotly anticipated debut at Download.
Debut album Sons Of The North dropped in 2011 and two years later the Spiders landed inside the top 60 of the UK album charts with follow-up This Savage Land.
But by 2016 their web of riotous rock and roll was beginning to untangle and Spiby and co. announced an eight-date ‘Fuck Off Black Spiders’ farewell tour.
The band’s last performance was at Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms on May 4 2017.
But the Spiders announced a long awaited return last September and dropped new single Fly In The Soup on Bonfire Night.
In vocalist Pete Spiby’s own words:
“What we all need and want right now is to get free and wig out.
“In the current climate it’s pretty hard to do that but you’ve got to try and have a good time.
“Surely after what we’ve all been through there’s only one way and that’s up!
“We’re carrying our own light towards the end of the tunnel so feel free to jump onboard!
“We spent some time deliberating over what to do for a video given the circumstances we’re all in at the moment.
“The end product is just that: a sign of the times.
“It kind of harks back to rocking out in your bedroom when you went to play ‘your’ music and you were able to just let go and enjoy it.
“It’s probably something most people can relate to. If not, you’re dead inside.”
The verdict on Good Times
A typically frenetic version of The Easybeats’ 1968 hit fires the Spiders into 2021 in style.
Frontman Pete Spiby’s rallying cry of a vocal is the perfect pick-me-up if you’re fighting off February’s lockdown blues.
And not for the first time in their career the Spiders flick a defiant middle finger at everything depressing, downbeat and frankly dreary.
With Wyatt Wendels — of Planet Rock fame — newly installed behind the kit this is the sound of a band reborn.
It’s the sound of Rushonrock’s favourite Sons Of The North back doing what they do best.
And the sound of something that’s been sorely missing from the UK rock scene for far too long.
Good Times. Guaranteed.
What’s next for Black Spiders
The four track Deaf Proof EP is out now and the band’s brand new self-titled album — written and recorded during lockdown — follows on March 26.
The Dark Riders Records release represents a new era for the Spiders.
And the band is set to announce a series of live shows later this year in line with the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Fans can support the Spiders via their new Patreon page at www.patreon.com/blackspiders