Dan McGee’s the Spider Bags is the greatest band who have ever existed ever anywhere at any time or ever will. They play country rock with a swagger and a spilt drink and a coupla grams (parson) of heroin and their last album 2007 A Celebration Of Hunger was the greatest album in existence and “Waking Up Drunk (“makes me happy and you just bring me down”) is the greatest song of all times.
And I haven’t written about em in months.
So here is the double dip.
As reported by Scan’s (“the independent weekly’s words and music”) fine writer Grayson Currin the Spider Bags played Craig’s house on Sepetmber 30th, 2009. This was somewhere in West Durham, North Carolina. Craig’s House is, of course, the house that belongs to Craig -they played a residence. Currin’s review begins “We stood in a circle outside of a modest house in a quiet West Durham neighborhood Sunday night, enjoying the mild late September air, talking about bands, telling jokes.”
And this is what Currin had to say about opening band Yusuuf Jersusalem’s second set: “a Burzum cover, a squiggly little pop number, another tune that combined the trio’s interest in black metal and melodies so sweet.”
The Spider Bags hit the stage -well, not stage, living room at midnight and played for half an hour “all sweaty and swagger” in Grayson’s words and then McGee gave all the money to the opening band.
All of which makes me thoroughly ashamed to admit I completely missed the release of the follow up to A Celebration Of Hunger, Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World August 25th, 2009. My only excuse is I was in England at the time.
You know I usually buy songs not albums, right? Well, I’m making an exception for this exceptional band.
Ps: if you ever get the chance to listen to another band fronted by Dan McGee, the hardcore DC Snipers, do so.
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