PRESS RELEASE – 2018
Spiders weave a wild web of reckless and rip-roaring riffs, spellbinding vocals, seductive rhythms, sticky hooks, and punk soul. The quartet—Ann-Sofie Hoyles [vocals], John Hoyles [guitar], Olle Griphammar [bass], and Ricard Harryson [drums]—crawled out of their native Gothenburg, Sweden rocking leather and turned up to eleven with the 2012 full length-debut Flash Point. Between a marathon of shows, they unleashed 2014’s Shake Electric powered by the title track. A marathon of touring followed as they ignited audiences alongside everyone from Kvelertak and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats to Graveyard and Metallica. Now, Spiders’ 2018 third offering, Killer Machine, sees them tread new territory once again, while preserving their sonic signatures… “If Alice Cooper got married to Stevie Nicks, their child would be Killer Machine,” smiles AnnSofie. “That’s the vibe we wanted. The old influences are in there, but it’s a little darker. If Shake Electric was gold and sparkling, this is more black.” Taking a six-month break from the road, the group devoted more time than ever to writing and recording. In 2017, they entered the legendary Music A Matic Studio in Gothenburg with iconic guitarist and producer Chips Kiesbye [The Hellacopters, Graveyard]. Utilizing a bevy of vintage gear and equipment, they unlocked their punky side like never before. “With all of that touring, we had more confidence and a punk vibe in the studio,” affirms John. “We just went for it.” “We didn’t think as much,” adds Ann-Sofie. “We can work better together, because we’ve known each other for so many years. We’ve learned about ourselves, so we can really communicate who we are.” That identity defines the record’s debut single “Dead Or Alive.” Marking another first, the band co-wrote with Swedish GRAMMY® Award winner Peter Kvint, landing a one-two punch of revved up guitars and soulful howls. “The world is crazy right now,” Ann-Sofie continues. “People just walk around with their eyes on their telephones like zombies. They don’t even see you. They don’t look at each other. It’s not a nice lifestyle, because everyone is into something else all the time. It asks, ‘What the fuck is going on? Why do we live our lives like this? What happened?’ That’s ‘Dead Or Alive.’”
Elsewhere, the politically charged “Shock and Awe” packs venomous spite into a thrash-y gallop. Meanwhile, harmonica punctuates “Heartbreak” with slick swagger and heavy heart. “That name Killer Machine is important in many ways,” says John. “It’s a big moment for us, but we’re keeping the meaning secret.” In the end, that secret is worth trying to unlock for fans everywhere. “When you listen to us, I want you to say, ‘Fuck off,’ to everything,” Ann-Sofie leaves off. “We need the energy and power from music to live through the shitty side society and everything going on. Maybe you can get some strength from this album, move on, and do something good with your life.” “I just want you to think rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well,” concludes John. Spiders definitely prove that.
Killer Machine is recorded and mixed at Music A Matic Studio in Gothenburg with Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters, Millencollin and currently with Graveyard) as producer and is mixed by Henryk Lipp (D.A.D, Millencollin)
PRESS RELEASE – October 16th, 2015
Sprung out of Gothenburg, Sweden, the four piece rock-outfit Spiders has since their critically acclaimed debut album Flashpoint been one of the hardest touring bands in the business. Their MC5-inspired glampunk honours rock history in their own unique way and has taken the band multiple mile after mile around the globe, both as a headliner and as support for Kvelertak, Metallica and the friends from Graveyard.
A while back they got confirmed to support Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats on their massive European tour that kicks off in Paris on the 14th of October and makes a total of 34 stops around Europe during a period of six weeks.
Just in time for the tour, the band also announced a brand new EP.
The 3-track EP is named Why Don´t You and is released both digitally and as a limited 10” vinyl.
Recorded by the infamous Niels Nielsen (Dead Soul, Ghost) it sticks with you from the crucial first listen.
Their latest full-length album Shake Electric got some killer reviews and was nominated for both a Swedish Grammy and a P3-Gold award (hosted by Swedish national radio, equivalent to BBC).
”We´ve had a great summer filled with festivals and to finish the tour on our home ground at Liseberg was nothing less than amazing. But that´s history now, we still got an eager urge for touring. And we honestly cannot think of a better way than to join Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. In the words of ABBA – Watch Out!” – Spiders
1. Why Don´t You
2. Watch Out (ABBA cover)
3. In A Room
Spiders debut album “Flashpoint” (2012) was hailed by both the media and the audience and even provided the band with a nomination at Sweden’s biggest broadcasted music award. Since then the band, with the charismatic singer Ann-Sofie Hoyles in the lead, have done gigs and tours with the likes of Metallica, Kvelertak and Graveyard.
Now it is finally time for the follow-up…
“Shake Electric”, recorded in the group’s hometown of Gothenburg with producer Mattias Glavå (Dungen), is everything you hoped for – and more. Suddenly the debut album’s primitive metal-meets-punk appears as no more than a fragment of the electric rock’n’roll dream that is now presented. The basic foundation is intact, but this time it is coloured by echoes of T-Rex, David Bowie (“Ziggy Stardust” in particular) and Heart. Choirs, acoustic guitars, piano and various percussions create a very stylish but never polished sound that suits the songs perfectly.
– We wanted to move on and find new paths. What we like about many of the records from the 1970’s is that it is often heavy yet soft. A really tough riff can be followed by a beautiful piano, says John who was previously Spiders’ only songwriter.
On “Shake Electric” all of the members have been involved in the song writing process, which explains the album’s diversity. Spiders remain the intense rock’n’roll-monster we all love, but have added several dimensions. This is particularly noticeable in a track like “Hard Times” where the band dares to slow down and try a different path while Ann-Sofie shows that she can easily master different expressions.
Guitar, bass, drums and vocals were recorded live and usually it only took a few takes before everything sounded as it should. It only proves that the countless days on the road have given results, adding a special feeling of togetherness that Ann-Sofie talks about when she defines the group’s sound and strength.
– Even when we started we were like a bunch of teenagers in the rehearsal room and despite jobs and girlfriends we always accepted every show we got. We really love this life, says the singer, who has evolved into one of the country’s brightest shining stage personalities.
– We have such a stronger vibe today and can really lean on each other in an amazing way. I am very proud of what we have accomplished with “Shake Electric”.
When it is time to summarize the year 2014 one band will be mentioned more than others. They are called Spiders and they have made the album you only dared to dream about…
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!
(From the song ”Control”)
BIOGRAPHY – from the beginning…
SPIDERS is a Gothenburg based band featuring Ann-Sofie Hoyles, John Hoyles, Olle Griphammar and Ricard Harryson.
SPIDERS was formed in Gothenburg in February 2010. A few months later the band appeared at one of Sweden’s most successful music festivals, Way Out West. It was around this time SPIDERS for the first time as a band stepped into the studio with producer Don Ahlsterberg (The Soundtrack of Our Lives, International Noise Conspiracy) and started recording.
By the end of January 2011 SPIDERS released their debut record, a 10” vinyl EP on Crusher Records containing four tracks. The self-titled release was very well received and noticed in Record Collector as well airplayed on Sweden’s largest radio channel P3. In March 2011 those four previously released tracks came to be released in the USA as two separate 7” singles, one on Kemado Records the other on Valley King Records, the latter with an artwork made by well-known artist Alan Forbes.
Around this time drummer Axel Sjöberg, former drummer, left SPIDERS to work full time on Graveyard and came to be replaced by Ricard Harryson. In May 2011 SPIDERS stepped into the studio for the second time recording a two track single to be released on vinyl by De:Nihil Records in August and digital by Crusher Records in September.
In June 2012 SPIDERS began recording songs for their debut album. In early October the very same year the album, entitled “Flash Point”, was released. The album immediately reached the Sverigetopplistan, the Swedish Sales Charts of most sold albums. In November and December SPIDERS went on European tour together with Graveyard. By the end of the same year SPIDERS’ debut album was nominated by P3 Gold (Swedish Radio Award) for best Rock/Metal of the Year.
In 2013 the band appeared on Sweden Rock Festival, toured Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal.
In 2014 SPIDERS supported Kvelertak in Scandinavia and Blood Ceremony throughout Europe. On May 27th they release the new single “Mad Dog” on Reaktor Recordings / Universal Music.
Spiders – 10” January, 2011
High Society – 7” March, 2011
Nothing Like You – 7” March, 2011
Fraction – 7″ August, 2011
Weekend Nights – 7″ September, 2012
Flash Point – CD/LP October, 2012
Mad Dog – Digital May, 2014
Shake Electric – CD/LP October, 2014
Why Don´t You – 10″ October, 2015
Ann-Sofie Hoyles – vocals
John Hoyles – guitar
Olle Griphammar – bass
Ricard Harryson – drums
E-mail: spindlarna [AT] gmail [DOT] com