Que Viva El Rocanroll, Que Viva El Spider Bags

Wonderfully twisted rock and roll with a twist. This reminds me most favorably of the records Joe Strummer made with the Mescaleros in his later life. And a bit of the inside of David Lynch’s brain. And, believe it or not, some of the work of 80’s German minimalist art rock sensations, Trio. But comparisons aside, this stands on its own just fine. A trashy yet sophisticated rock and roll waltz? Si.

Spider Bags
“Que Viva El Rocanroll” (download mp3)
from “Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World”
(Birdman Records)
“Que Viva El Rocanroll” (play)
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Que viva el Spider Bags!

Excellent, trashy indie rock with a waltz beat from North Carolina’s own Spider Bags. This recording sounds as unpretentious and natural as a few guys bursting into song at a bar, but it’s also meticulously arranged and well performed. I love the talky-singy approach here, and the lyrics are superb. It’s a perfect marriage of professionalism and reckless abandon. And the chorus is glorious.

Spider Bags
“Que viva el rocanroll” (download mp3)
from “Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World”
(Birdman Records)
Que viva el Rocanroll (play)

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