THE SPIDER HOLE Kicks Off Horror Season with Kickstarter Campaign in Support of ‘To The Monsters’!

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It’s that time of year for spooks, monsters, and long-legged beasties, and who better to kick it off than Phoenix, AZ based Dark Alternative Rock Band THE SPIDER HOLE? The enigmatic four piece has launched the Kickstarter Campaign to help support their upcoming LP and associated graphic novel, To The Monsters. For fans a little too anxious to wait, they have revealed the debut single, “Skeleton Wedding,” which can be experienced online HERE.

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“After four years of great loss, love, and luck, we are returning with a new lineup, a new producer, a new sound, and two incredible new projects: A full-length CD, and an accompanying graphic novel. This is THE SPIDER HOLE as it was always meant to be. Darker. Heavier. Deeper. And weirder. Much, much weirder.” – The Spider Hole

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TO THE MONSTERS, our third full-length CD, is an ode to Halloween, weird fiction, and timeless horrors. Featuring eleven brand new tracks devoted to the spectrum of things that go bump in the night, this themed album is at turns whimsical, unsettling, and terrifying. TO THE MONSTERS is produced by rising legend Jeffrey Robens, Jr., and showcases a new direction for the band, one marked by heavier hooks, dark synthetic pulses, strange structural shifts, and unrestrained vocals.

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For old fans of The Spider Hole, this album fulfills the promise of our earlier work; for new fans, you have joined us at a most peculiar and exciting time.
Old or new, we welcome you to the show, to the wonder… To the Monsters.

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For each tier of money donated, rewards will be given to the fans:
Pledge $5 or More-Digital Download of the new album
Pledge $10 or More-Digital Download of the new album and PDF Download of the Graphic Novel
Pledge $15 or More-CD version of the new album
Pledge $20 or More-CD version of the new album and PDF Download of the Graphic Novel
Pledge $25 or More-CD version of the new album, hard copy of the Graphic Novel, and a button and sticker pack
Pledge $35 or More-CD version of the new album, hard copy of the Graphic Novel, a button and sticker pack, an 8-pack of 5×7 monster postcards
Pledge $50 or More- CD version of the new album, hard copy of the Graphic Novel, a button and sticker pack, an 8-pack of 5×7 monster postcards, plus a T-Shirt
Pledge $75 or More-Everything in the $50 pack, plus a disposable camera full of unique shots from the band on tour
Pledge $100 or More- Everything in the $50 pack, plus a one-of-a-kind Monster designed by singer Ethan Scott, delivered on an 8×10 print, complete with backstory and care instructions
Pledge $100 or More-“THE MONSTER DELUXE”-Everything in the $50 pack, but with the DELUXE, expanded, hardcover edition of the graphic novel
Pledge $175 or More-Everything in The Monster Deluxe, plus YOU will be drawn into the comic for a featured cameo
Pledge $175 or More-Everything in The Monster Deluxe, plus enjoy a fancy dinner out with singer Ethan Scott and his high school English teacher, Mr. Henderson
Pledge $250 or More-Everything in The Monster Deluxe, plus spend and evening playing mini golf with the band. Includes custom Spider Hole souvenir golf balls
Pledge $300 or More-Everything in The Monster Deluxe, plus a custom monster flash tattoo based on one of the monsters on the album
Pledge $400 or More-Everything in The Monster Deluxe, plus go on a haunted camping trip with the band in the Sedona wilderness, where you’ll roast marshmallows, listen to an acoustic set, and tell scary stories around the campfire. You even get to keep your custom Spider Hole blanket
Pledge $666 or More-Everything in The Monster Deluxe, plus a one-of-a-kind Spider Hole skateboard deck, hand-painted by world-renowned tattoo artist Cliff Gustafson
Pledge $1,300 or More-Everything in The Monster Deluxe, plus The Spider Hole will cover your favorite song and send you a fully produced recording of it performed just for you.

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Click HERE to Support The Spider Hole’s ‘To The Monsters‘ on Kickstarter!

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A quartet with frequent guest musicians, The Spider Hole performs songs meant to stir brains and rattle bones. Based in sun-scorched Phoenix, AZ, the band started banging sounds together in the late nineties, and has steadily developed an aural stew that is partly rock, partly cabaret, partly blues, and partly goth. Influences include Tom Waits, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primus, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, The Doors, and your face when you taste something unexpected. New music is being prepped for a new full-length album called To the Monsters, due near the end of 2018.

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THE SPIDER HOLE Reveal Debut Single Off of Upcoming ‘To the Monsters’!

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Phoenix, AZ based, Dark Alternative Rock Band THE SPIDER HOLE has announced the launch of a Kickstarter Campaign to help support their upcoming LP and associated graphic novel, To The Monsters. The unique project is built around the LP with 11 original songs, each about a different monster, as well as a 100 page horror anthology graphic novel written and illustrated by vocalist Ethan Scott; each story in the novel is about a different band member over the course of one fateful Halloween night.

To celebrate the upcoming launch, the quartet has revealed their first single, “The Skeleton Wedding,” from the album

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“We were at The Quarry in Bisbee grubbing and waiting to go on stage when Ethan asks everyone in the band what their greatest fear is. He wants to do a horror anthology comic to put out with the new album. Before we were even called to the stage, all four stories were basically written.” – The Spider Hole

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Two versions of the graphic novel will be offered through the Kickstarter, the standard softcover edition, and a DELUXE hardcover edition, which includes 4 additional stories. The hardcover edition is only available to Kickstarter backers.

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A quartet with frequent guest musicians, The Spider Hole performs songs meant to stir brains and rattle bones. Based in sun-scorched Phoenix, AZ, the band started banging sounds together in the late nineties, and has steadily developed an aural stew that is partly rock, partly cabaret, partly blues, and partly goth. Influences include Tom Waits, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primus, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, The Doors, and your face when you taste something unexpected. New music is being prepped for a new full-length album called To the Monsters, due near the end of 2018.

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Now Streaming: “Four Foot Shack” (Out 2/4) New Album By Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang

Unlike Les Claypool’s work with Primus, his new project with old buddy Brian Kehoe,Duo de Twang, focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as is heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.

“This record represents what I personally listen to these days,” Claypool told Rolling Stone. “Guys like Johnny Horton, Jerry Reed and Vernon Dalhart are the soundscape of my world as I’m boiling up crab in the backyard or working on my old Chryslers, so the notion of ‘twangifying’ my tunes seemed like a damn good idea.” As evidenced by DDT’s live shows and debut, Les and Bryan mostly mix traditional tunes, popular covers, and readings of Primus classics (all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions).

You can now stream the album in full via Rolling Stone HERE. Duo de Twang has also added additional live dates to their upcoming spring tour. Head below to find out when Duo de Twang’s live show will be making its way to your town; tickets can be pre-ordered HERE, and Four Foot Shack can be pre-ordered HERE.

Tour Dates

2/26 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick
2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick – SOLD OUT
2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
3/8 – Indianpolis, IN – The Vogue
3/9 – St. Louis, MO – Plush

3/12-3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/11 – Fayettesville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
3/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf

Four Foot Shack Track List

  1. Four Foot Shack  (Les Claypool)
  2. Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver  (Primus)
  3. Amos Moses (Jerry Reed)
  4. Red State Girl  (Les Claypool)
  5. The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down  (Stompin’ Tom Connors)
  6. Boonville Stomp (Les Claypool)
  7. Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
  8. Rumble of the Diesel  (Les Claypool)
  9. Pipe Line (The Chantays)
  10. Buzzards of Greenhill (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  11. Hendershot (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  12. Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
  13. D’s Diner (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  14. Battle of New Orleans (Johnny Horton)
  15. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver  (Primus)

Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang Announces Spring 2014 Tour/ Mr. Smalls 3/4 in Pittsburgh

Four Foot Shack Out February 4th via ATO Records

We are delighted to announce that everyone’s favorite storyteller, Les Claypool, will be embarking on an early 2014 tour with his old buddy Bryan Kehoe as a part of their new project Duo de Twang. Unlike Les’s work with the Primus lads, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as is heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.

Upon listening to Four Foot Shack you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background.  Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”

Head below to find out when Duo de Twang’s live show will be making its way to your town; tickets can be pre-ordered HERE, and Four Foot Shack can be pre-ordered HERE. You can also now listen to the track “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” HERE.

Tour Dates
1/7 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
1/8 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
1/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FL Revolution
2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel
2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
3/8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

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Primus’ Les Claypool Announces New Duo De Twang Album

Listen  “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”

How “deconstructed” can a group get? How about just one vocal, one bass, one guitar, and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourine-doohickey? That’s exactly what everyone’s favorite storyteller/narrator, Les Claypool, is incorporating in his new band, Duo de Twang. While Les is still pulling double duty with the Primus lads, he has also found the time to unite with his old buddy, Bryan Kehoe, who fans will recognize from several past Claypool projects, and also as one of the main actors from Les’ hilarious jam band mockumentary, ‘Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo.’ But unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th. Preview the album by listening to the duo’s cover of Primus’s “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” via Rolling Stone HERE.

And as evidenced by DDT’s live shows and debut, Les and Bryan mostly mix traditional tunes, popular covers, and readings of Primus classics (all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions). Case in point, the inclusion of “Battle of New Orleans,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Man in the Box,” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver,” and “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” on DDT’s debut disc. “A lot of it is just stumbling across it,” explains Les about how a tune is selected to be twang-ified. “You’re twanging away, and then all of a sudden, something just comes out. And then you laugh about it…or you don’t. And then you move on. There are tons of songs that we’ve stumbled across, and these ones just happened to be the ones that stuck.”

Upon hearing Four Foot Shack you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background.  Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”

Les added, “The Twang project is me exploring a lot of stuff that I personally listen to; Johnny Horton, Vernon Dalhart, Jerry Reed, Bob Wills, Eddy Cochran stuff like that – it’s another door for me to open. I’m doing this sort of Luther Perkins, Johnny Cash guitar-ish type part on my bass, by doing the old ding-dinka-ding, dinka-ding-dinka-ding on a lot of the stuff. It took me a little bit to get that. Now that I’ve gotten it, I can pull songs out of the air and it’s surprising how many songs easily succumb to the twang, and can be complimented by the twang. When all is said and done, it’s just a hell of a fun project for me right now. I’ll do it ’til it’s not fun anymore.”

    Four Foot Shack Track List

  1. Four Foot Shack  (Les Claypool)
  2. Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver  (Primus)
  3. Amos Moses (Jerry Reed)
  4. Red State Girl  (Les Claypool)
  5. The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down  (Stompin’ Tom Connors)
  6. Boonville Stomp (Les Claypool)
  7. Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
  8. Rumble of the Diesel  (Les Claypool)
  9. Pipe Line (The Chantays)
  10. Buzzards of Greenhill (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  11. Hendershot (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  12. Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
  13. D’s Diner (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  14. Battle of New Orleans (Johnny Horton)
  15. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver  (Primus)

Still Sailing – Primus Revitalize Their Second LP

In total retrospect, it’s a damn good thing that Les Claypool was rejected from Metallica and continued his band Primus. Yes, he had some experience in the world of thrash metal with his band Blind Illusion, but when it came right down to it, Claypool’s love of progressive rock and funk metal was too much for Metallica to handle. We wouldn’t have gotten their debut studio LP Frizzle Fry otherwise, and we certainly wouldn’t have gotten the post-punk gem of Sailing the Seas of Cheese. After over 20 years, Primus decided to update the album with a deluxe edition with bonus material and a cleaned-up mix. Though the extra tracks aren’t too impressive, the improved sound quality is, improving further on what remains one of the best and most original rock albums of the 1990’s.

Frizzle Fry might have been Primus’ debut album, but it wasn’t until their sophomore album, Sailing the Seas of Cheese that Claypool’s warped virtuosity on the bass guitar came alive for more than the privileged few. Despite his obvious reverence for Rush, Claypool’s playing style is miles beyond anything Geddy Lee has offered. “Tommy the Cat” is the best example of Claypool’s brilliantly unorthodox musicianship, where he busts out power chords and slap sessions with speed and honed funkiness. He literally makes the bass a melodic instrument and a rhythm instrument simultaneously. The infectious bassline of “Is It Luck?” is unlike anything you’ll ever hear. The experimental element in the songwriting is clear, but this is still a heavy album with a lot of unique and unexpected turns throughout.

But Claypool isn’t the only one in Primus doing the leg work. Larry “Ler” LaLonde’s guitar solos demonstrate a razor-sharp intensity, but a looseness that gives them a sense of natural flow. It’s a garage-y metal sound; rough, but complex and obviously influenced by prog. Tim Alexander lays down the drumbeats with gusto, focusing on smooth, jazzy rhythms, especially in tracks like “American Life” and “Fish On (Fisherman Chronicles, Chapter II).”

This steady brew of musical ideas is fleshed out on the band’s sophomore album, with the band successfully demonstrating their musicianship, but in more concise and immediate bursts. Sailing the Seas of Cheese signified Primus during the MTV age (their videos for “Tommy the Cat” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” got plenty of airtime in the 90’s). This radio-friendly vibe was made clearer by shortening the song lengths to airtime perfection, leaving out the extensive jam sessions seen on later albums. Despite this condensed state, there’s still so much musical skill here. The songwriting keeps that quirky Primus humor in the lyrics, with Claypool’s nasally vocals giving the album a considerable amount of circus-like, devil-may-care style.

The 2013 mixes of Sailing the Seas of Cheese are healthy improvements over the original 1991 recordings. The sound quality is much more dynamic and the music sounds amazing through headphones. The surround sound recordings on the DVD or Blu-ray are amazing ways to try out your best audio equipment and if you have a quality subwoofer, prepare for some of the best use of bass you’ll ever hear. As far as further bonus material, the live tracks of “Those Damned Blue-Collared Tweekers” and “American Life” from their 2012 3D Tour are extensive jams that tend to overstay their welcome a bit too long (the live version of “American Life” clocks in at over 11 minutes). The final track is a remix of “Here Come the Bastards” by dubstep artist Bassnectar, which starts off subtly, but is interrupted about a third of the way through with intrusive bass drops and bizarre sound effects. Despite Bassnectar’s good intentions, the song sounds more like a messy mash-up than a full-on remix.

Sailing the Seas of Cheese, even for a Primus album, is musically ambitious and rockin’ to the bone. Even with alternative rock moving into the mainstream during the 90’s, Primus kept their soul of progressive rock and jazz and made something purely one-of-a-kind. The catchy radio hooks of “Tommy the Cat” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” mask a musicianship that takes both the heaviness of thrash and the creativity of prog. While the bonus material isn’t worth a re-buy from those who already own the 1991 release, the refined mixes on the deluxe edition are well worth paying the price of admission again. The songs sound clearer and more dynamic than ever. Despite having some amazing albums over the last 20 years in Pork Soda, Tales From the Punchbowl and even their 2011 Green Naugahyde, Sailing the Seas of Cheese is still Primus at their best. Originality isn’t an easy find in music today, but Primus secrete it from every pore and Sailing the Seas of Cheese is a real ocean of originality.

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WAYLON SPEED Releases New Album Valance

“Less is more.” That’s the mantra that Rev. Chitwood Hammaker, brothers Noah and Justin Crowther, and Kelly Ravin deployed as they converged from a honky-tonk in Burlington, Vermont, to create WAYLON SPEED.

Ever since WAYLON SPEED formed in April 2009, the four-piece brotherhood of family and past friends has toured nationally and collected fans like empties at a pig roast in support of their albums: the debut, Georgia Overdrive; their two-disc sophomore set, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades; The Boots EP and their latest effort, Valance.

The band will be headed out on the road in support of Valance this March. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The press has called WAYLON SPEED “gas on the fire of the current music scene” and “heavy, fiery country rock, for those who like their punk rock with some twang in it – but also appreciate high quality, intelligent songwriting.”

Ask WAYLON SPEED what it seeks from its stained-blue-collar, straight-up-from-the- underground rock, and the answer is simple: make people happy. The evidence is at their aim-to-please shows, where audience connection is a priority.

WAYLON SPEED has shared bills with: Jane’s Addiction, Clutch, Little Feat, Reba McEntire, Elvis Costello, Primus, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They have been influenced by bands such as: Motorhead, Fugazi, The Mother Hips, The Drive-By Truckers, and Frank Zappa. Waylon Speed’s influences are not mainstream music.

Lineup:

Noah Crowther – Bass and Vocals

Justin Crowther- Drums

Chad Hammaker – Guitar

Kelly Ravin – Guitar and Vocals

 

WAYLON SPEED Live:

3/8: Unity, ME @ Unity Performing Arts Center

3/9: Portland, ME @ The Empire

3/14: Boston, MA @ Church

3/16: Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s

3/21: Norwich, CT @ High Noon Saloon

3/22: Saratoga, NY @ Putnam Den

3/29: Middlebury, VT @ Two Brothers Lounge