ARTIST: SPIDER

TITLE: ENERGY GONE WRONG

LABEL: CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS

RATING: 7/10

WORDS: JO COSGROVE

Regrouping not too long ago, rock outfit Spider have decided to treat the world with a little present in the form of a brand new EP. ‘Energy Gone Wrong‘ is one artistically misleading title, as the three track long record uses the band’s collective energy in the right ways. Using heavier rock sounds, combined with the calmer and more laidback vocals of frontman Hector Martinez, there is a strong sense of feeling being channeled together in the right measures. One may say, it’s energy gone right.

The first song to discuss is that snuck-in cover of the Black Flag hit, ‘Depression’. As a cover, it’s a refreshing take and one that can be easily slid in among the two original compositions – especially right in the middle. If a band can twist and twirl another band’s art in such a tasteful and respectful manner, that is a testament to their talent and their own creativity within the music industry.

“One may say, it’s energy gone right…”

The overall tone of the EP is quickly and appropriately set with the opening track, also titled ‘Energy Gone Wrong’. A fitting introduction, being the title track, it brings in new listeners in their established, personalised style. With Martinez’s steady talking-rhythm voice alongside the heavy riffs from guitarist Karl Izumi and the quick beats by percussionist Alf Silva, ‘Energy Gone Wrong’ gives the best beginning act in the presentation of a musical trilogy.

The EP closes on what might just be the most exciting track out of the three to make the record. Inspired by their own adventures of touring around Europe, ‘The Reeperbahn’ pulls from the band’s time in Germany. This was where the band decided to go all-out and give what fans were expecting: the greatest, loudest, most powerful energy that’s felt in this short time between them and the new music. The time through to the end may be short-lived, but that doesn’t mean the band don’t give it their all in this final act before the curtains fall. Spider seemed to have played the game right and built up the anticipation for this final track, with a sped-up tempo and chanting backup vocals, it completes what it started and leaves their audience satisfied at the very least.

“the impact is more than noteworthy”

There’s not too much depth can be explored in three short songs, but the impact is more than noteworthy. A contrasting beginning and ending seems right; not in a way of aiming to tell a story or a tale that ties everything together, but in a way that the differences cancel each other out and just make art rather than a rough and uncoordinated mess. The addition of the ‘Depression’ cover is a smart decision as it can prove the intelligence and capabilities of the group altogether. Many people may call releasing covers of older songs as unoriginal or a way of cheapening one’s gifts for music, but that’s rarely the case if ever. Reworking another’s work respectfully is a part of having a gift in music and should be treated as such.

Spider have given their sneak peek into what’s planned for the near future, and that’s hopefully a future full of chanting, singing, and maybe a few more covers.

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