by Alex Buckellew
Swedish band Spiders play old fashioned, unironic, long haired, leather jacket wearing, in-your-face rock & roll. Their new album is Shake Electric, and its heavy licks and bold female vocals will draw immediate comparisons to Heart and Joan Jett - but Spiders has an undefinable Scandinavian quality that sets them apart from their earlier influences (not too surprising, as Sweden is the nation that gave us The Hives and Sahara Hotnights and more recently Ghost).
All the songs are strong and gutsy, infused with harmonica and cowbell and lots of layered background vocals, and they cover all the tried and true classic rock subjects - sex, love, loss, and hard living. "Mad Dog" and "Lonely Nights" are standouts - only the Joplin-esque ballad "Hard Times" seems out of place . Spiders have the tools and talent - right now they're just one infectious earworm away from greater things.