"71Spiders" (Self-produced; 2017)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Okay. We get some weird shit here at RoughEdge.com. Most of the time it's from musicians who don't really fit our favorite genres (which are, for the record, hard rock, heavy metal and punk). Sometimes it's folk music and sometimes its country music and sometimes its stuff that's completely and utterly impossible to describe. 

71Spiders' self-titled doesn't quite fall into that latter category but it still qualifies as some weird shit. It's a cross between "Pretties For You"-era Alice Cooper (which is some pretty weird shit on its own), Neil Young and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yeah. Let that sit a moment. Super early Alice Cooper mixed with the I Don't Give a Shit What You Like, This is What I Sound Like mentality of Neil Young with the offbeat kink of Frank-N-Furter. Pretty fucking wild, huh?

And perhaps the weirdest thing is that it's all pretty good. The guitars have a loose, chunky quality to them that is rough and unrefined, the vocals go anywhere they freaking want to and the songwriting is punk rock sloppy and as raw as that live octopus you ate at that sushi restaurant that one time ... but pretty damn intelligent as well.

"71Spiders' is weird and bizarre and not quite all there but I have the feeling that the musicians involved delivered exactly what they wanted. You can say what you want about this album but you can't say it's not interesting.

If you're in the mood for something different, I dare you find something more different than 71Spiders' self-titled CD.

"71 Spiders" is the first solo album from Spider Fingers of Flying 69 and Electric Monster.

For more information, check out  https://www.facebook.com/71spiders/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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