Review: Hell Creepy Spider- I Don’t Wanna Die in a Fire (EP)

Posted: May 29, 2014 in Reviews

I Don't Wanna Die In A Fire cover art

Hello Creepy Spider are a two piece band from Scotland who mix up classic garage rock with punk (think a mix of The Stooges, Ramones and The Hives)- and they mostly pull it off on debut EP I Don’t Wanna Die in a Fire. It’s catchy and poppy, but gritty enough to be rock ‘n’ roll. It’s pretty far from what I usually listen to when it comes to garage-y stuff (see: Marked Men), but when it works, it works. And the best thing about Hello Creepy Spider’s EP is its sheer variety: placing the emotional, slow-burner “I Don’t Wanna Dance” next to the ‘60s influenced, harmony led, fast-paced “She’ll Never Love Me” is genius. Opener “Do You Want Me?” meanwhile is Turbonegro if they were from Glasgow and not Sweden (not that you could discern that this band was Scottish from listening to this ep, without being told). They certainly have humour and comic sensibilities (“too sexy for heaven/ too evil for hell” and their cover of “Staying Alive” coming to mind), but they have real emotion and heart to stop it becoming overly silly. This again brings to mind The Hives, in the most complimentary way possible. “I used to dream about nuclear war” they croon, bringing to mind a poppier Night Birds. If Hello Creepy Spider had been around 15 years ago and were from New York, they would have been huge.

Take a listen: http://hellocreepyspider.bandcamp.com/releases

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