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Black Spiders - Garage, London - December 4 2014 (Live Review)

Monday, 05 January 2015 Written by Anna Ghislena

Fans, on the whole, respond well to By Request shows. Sheffield’s rifflord stoner rockers Black Spiders opted to use their winter tour as a platform for their fans to sculpt their setlists and, perhaps unsurprisingly, an online poll was swiftly embraced. Every vote was acknowledged with the words: “Thanks for casting your vote and see you down the front! Oh, and FUCK YOU!”

It was a fine invitation to dig out the devil horns and ride the wave of humour that flows throughout a set littered with stories of love, life and loss, or to phrase it more poignantly: women, getting into trouble, fisticuffs and bad dreams about being killed by iconic rock stars.

Guaranteed by the fans and delivered by the band, the evening boasted a polished and finely balanced set of songs from ‘Sons of the North’ and ‘This Savage Land’.

The crowd duly scrambled to get “down the front”, raising the chilly winter temperature to sweaty levels within the first two songs. Liquor-laced and raunchy of riff, the band created a wall of sound that could blow dry you straight from the shower, leaving you zesty and fresh with a smile on your face.

Take Just Like A Woman and KISS Tried To Kill Me, which are lyrically entertaining and stacked with the sort of hooks that many a fan would have had no choice but to belt out on the way home.

Having set the tone for a night of no-nonsense rock and roll, with further fuck yous thrown in for good measure, a fitting end to the evening arrived with a storming cover of AC/DC’s Kicked In The Teeth. Black Spiders closed their 2014 on a high note with this tour and the prospect of further shows suggests this is a new year to look forward to.

 





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