By Nishant Varma
Spyderhuff- What You Have | Absentia
Spyderhuff There is a velvet rope section in paradise for those who bring a smile to other people’s face. There’s another VIP section within that area for those who do it with music. Spyderhuff break the silly strings that society classifies genres by and zips between them in their singles. Their latest one is called What You Have.
Call it a gift from The Melvins, Helmet and maybe even The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Spyderhuff take the literal best from all these different worlds and create their own hybrid. Their sound features revitalizing riffage, creative transitions and featured narratives that make it exciting and fresh. The echoing guitars in the verse section allow the lyrics-or in this case the tale to be told with the desired impact. There are Eastern percussion instruments peppering the stylish delivery of this dialogue.
The riff is not the only thing that is the king here. Spyderhuff did it with Girl in the Photo as well, there is vague connection to many bands, but they’re definitely their own sound. Almost like a supegroup- it has the special accents of the best of many worlds coming together. Check out their 2022 singles for a stoner rock revival and their 2021 EP Think About Me.
By Gabriel Mazza
Spyderhuff Explores Envy In New Record ‘What You Have’
Well, if you were looking for a fresh, special act, you found one. Hailing from Detroit, US, Spyderhuff champions a peculiar brand of retro rock, infused with soul and surf influences. Opening their press material with “for all you pop music hamsters, this tune may cause extreme treadwheel trauma. Be aware, this music is a detour from the usual comfort of predictable composition”, we didn‘t quite know what to expect, but we did know we were in for a wild ride. What else can you expect from Spyderhuff?
Earlier this year, the group started releasing a series of records themed around the deadly sins, called SIN7; ‘What You Have’ is the latest chapter, focusing on envy. Featuring band members Tom Kuhr (lead spoken word, guitar, harmonica, synth), Don Beyer (bass), Tony Mitchell (bongos, vocals), Joey Gaydos (guitar, composition), Julie Noe (vocals), Jim Dooley (drums), and Janet Swanson (Lyrics), the track is another clear glimpse in Spyderhuff’s unique artistic universe.
‘What You Have’ starts in true rock’n’roll fashion: drums and guitars at maximum force, driving the piece into a haunting, sultry direction. The harmonica is always a pleasant surprise, definitely one of Spyderhuff’s best-known qualities. It is hard to define the track: it is such an original concoction of sounds! It does work though, once you listen to it: spoken words vocals guide the listener into a journey through human nature, while the supporting instrumental makes sure we are never bored. Musicianship is certainly not missing here: the group knows how to play.
All in all, another surprising release from Spyderhuff, showcasing themselves as one of the most interesting rock acts around. Recommended!
By Moataz Gwaily
What You Have by Spyderhuff
Musical praise doesn’t get much higher than a comparison to Led Zeppelin in my point of view. And this is exactly what I found myself returning to during my multiple listens to this song, how much certain elements could easily fit into a Led Zeppelin song.
Spyderhuff is a Detroit-based rock outfit that puts out intense rock tunes with classic rock infusions, and their latest offering, titled ‘What You Have’, is the 4th song in their 7-song marathon, a song for each of the 7 deadly sins, this one handles the sin of Lust. The words are spoken, there is no singing here, but that doesn’t stop the words to have rhythm and swagger and be absolutely banging, with the dense southern accent and the dark humor in them. They are delivered via Tom Kuhr, who also plays a hot blues motif on a distorted harp that would fit quite snuggly into a Zeppelin album. The drums, courtesy of Jim Dooley, are also intense and vast with bongos and congas fluidly mixing in with the usual snares and kicks, putting in mind also the heavy, but mathematically accurate, hands of John Bonham. The riffs are fueled and are filled with gnarly overdrive, with chugs and scrapes, they pack a hefty punch. The general composition, courtesy of lead guitarist Joey Gaydos, is pure power blues, taking a page straight out of the ‘When The Levee Breaks’ book.
A passionately mixed song with outstanding confidence and character. It’s rare to see an artist carry out such an impressive feat and remain composed and strongly true to themselves throughout its execution like Spyderhuff Does here. And to that I wait for more and say “Well Done!”
E.A. POETS APPROVED/BANDS WE LIKE – SPYDERHUFF
Good Day Noir Family,
Spyderhuff are unstoppable and this time they will entertain us with a psychedelic tune titled “What You Have”.
The first guitar chord with that acid and distorted sound immediately opened a gate in my soul. This is followed by a metal riff that pushed my arm upward with the horns pointed towards the sky. Spyderhuff’s ability to mix various genres and create a unique sonic blend is truly fascinating. The harmonica and the vocal interpretation reminded me of legendary songwriters like Bob Dylan but then the guitars take you completely to another hard rock universe. It is very difficult to create a coherent musical design when using so many elements, but Spyderhuff succeeds in this arduous undertaking. What You Have is a beautiful, experimental, and innovative song that demonstrates the unlimited compositional skills of this band.
10 out of 10!
By Rubin Mathias
Girl in the Photo – Spyderhuff | Blazing Lust
Detroit rockers Spyderhuff seduce us with their third single Girl in the Photo, from their upcoming EP SIN7. SIN7 promises to be a series of blues-rooted rock ‘n’ roll songs on the classic deadly sins. Tracks will be released throughout the year. After the sins of sloth and wrath in their previous releases, Spyderhuff tackle lust in this old-school American rock number.
Spyderhuff are named as a tribute to working-class hero Ed ‘Spider’ Huff. Huff was an early colleague of Henry Ford when they worked at the Edison Detroit power plant. Ford used Huff’s innovations in the development of the early ignition systems on all Ford cars. In what was initially a duo project, Spyderhuff now includes several new band members.
The song starts with the prominent bassline kicking into some fiery riffs and lyrics of lustful fantasies. Vocalist Tom Kuhr channels his inner Jagger for some versatile vocals. Veteran Detroit guitarist Joey Gaydos does a phenomenal job, especially with the blazing solo in the song’s latter half. (Fun fact, Gaydos is the father of the School of Rock fame Joey Gaydos Jr, himself involved with the band.)
The song has healthy sprinklings of synth work complementing the production of the song. The drum work by drummer Tony Mitchell is austere which serves the song suitably. Lyrically, the narrator is aware of his “toxic brew” of lust likening it to poison. This includes a forbidden neighborly fantasy to pictorial fixation. In all of these, he is acutely aware that none of them are “the real you”. Overall, Girl in the Photo is a tasty piece of straightforward in-your-face rock on the eternal carnal vice.
By Sara Refat
Girl in the Photo by Spyderhuff
Friends and business partners are the perfect mix ever, that is exactly what the “Spyderhuff” are.
They are a group of six incredible musicians showing us the marvelous old-school rock spirit we all know but in their own way through their different series “sin7”, it’s a series a about the seven deadly sins, of seven tunes that will be released one at a time as singles throughout 2022. Two singles have been released already from the seven, and now it’ the time for their third masterpiece “Girl in the Photo”.
Girl in the Photo simulates the third sin “lust” in a unique way, in fact, chosen a title like a “Girl in the Photo” is a great one indeed because it reflects the third sin perfectly. Sometimes you feel that the music expresses it more than words, as you can find a rock song with all perfect elements that needed. The lyrics, the instrumentation, even the music video simulate the topic nicely. You cannot talk about a rock tune without mention the guitar and drum lines which already got me perfectly in the exact needed mood, a different way to listen to rock not only by the ears, also by your soul.
A couple of minutes is all you need to steal from your busy day to put you in a different mood while listening, feeling and enjoying that exact moment through “Girl in the Photo”.
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Spyderhuff - Angry Flames (Wrath)
Part of a larger collective of singles that describe and are based off of the seven sins, ‘Angry Flames (Wrath)’ tackles its subject matter through heavy and powerful blues driven hard rock style. There’s anger imbued throughout the record, from the pulsating guitar to the ominous chanting that forebodes in the background alongside a percussive element that continually builds and maintains its tempo and balance in the background. It’s in the arrangement that Spyderhuff really start to showcase their capabilities.
For a group that records remotely in different cities through the United States, the sheer scale that this collaboration operates on is remarkable. The lyrics are pointed and up front, effectively outlining the rage and anger. The scale of that emotion is only given further impetus through guitar work that has you constantly amazed and yearning for more by its end. The solo is simply fantastical.
An absolute rollercoaster of a hard rock tune that doesn’t come across too often these days.
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Spyderhuff - Angry Flames (Wrath)
The basis of the American band Spyderhuff are two old friends of musicians who played together in different bands and formed Spyderhuff in the early 90's. After a long creative pause, the band reincarnated into a large studio project, which was joined by wonderful musicians from other American cities.
Their new single 'Angry Flames - Wrath' was released on March 18. The composition is one of the seven tracks of the concept series called 'SIN7'. The song 'Angry Flames - Wrath' is meant to reveal the meaning of anger and its impact on people.
The vocalist leads a powerful line intersecting with the electric guitar in blues rock tones. A powerful guitar riff appears on time and tune the rhythm section to an energetic accompaniment. The aesthetics of live instruments are beautiful and especially in the form of such cool rock music.
Listen to the single 'Angry Flames - Wrath' on Spotify below and appreciate the skill and originality of the creative idea from Spyderhuff.
SPYDERHUFF – ANGRY FLAMES – WRATH
Spyderhuff released their much anticipated new single today. Angry Flames (Wrath) is one of the most exciting blues rock tracks we’ve heard in a long time.
It's not often that Blues Rock songs keep the listener on their toes. We love blues rock, but you know what you’re going to get pretty soon after you start listening. Spyderhuff, however, kept us on our toes for the entire song. We kept looking at each other and asking “where is this going next?”
There are elements of so many different genres and styles in this song, but it absolutely works. We’re really very excited to hear blues rock being taken in such a new and unique direction. The song starts on just bass guitar and then comes in with what we can only describe as something that almost sounds like chanting from a monastery. – Stay with us – it's well worth the ride. The main part of the song seems to start after about 20 seconds or so with some just glorious conga playing. The guitar riffs in this section set us in mind of Tommy Castro – really clear and simple riffs with a nice tone.
The low end of Angry Flames (Wrath) is really clear and mixed very well – another plus – and another thing which is often missing from your run of the mill blues rock. The kick drum is coming through nice and clear and the full drum kit complements the congas with ease. There’s a little breakdown in the middle that’s mostly just vocals with some lovely haunting echoes on them and then into a real Stevie Ray Vaughan style guitar solo.
A nice touch with female gospel vocals at the end left us hitting replay straight away. Angry Flames is just so intriguing and well considered. Its almost as if someone handed Spyderhuff the rule book about how to play rock blues and they just ripped it up and laughed. Spyderhuff have taken all the best elements of rock blues and combined them with several other genres to make a song that really stands head and shoulders above the rest.
For production, we suggest a small dip in the 6-700Hz area to balance out some frequencies in the vocal track and a shaelf boost around 8kHz to bring out some extra brightness and air – especially in those sizzling well recorded and well played drums. Overall a very well mixed and mastered song.
Spyderhuff are most definitely an act that we’ll be keeping an eye out for. They are US based, but with members across the country, they’ve clearly made the effort to pick the cream of the crop and it shows.
Mercedes Thomas - RockEra Magazine
**Any type of violent behaviour is discouraged at all times, except for when you use your creativity to put it all out harmlessly**
Angry Flames - Wrath is an ode to everything that can go wrong and makes you mad in life. An excuse to get all the angry words out of your chest and let them spark your anger and burned it all out.
The black and white, grungy, industrial-like video accompanying the song promotes visually this fiercely enraged song. The lyrics play along during the video as well, so you can sing along and let the flames of your anger fire out of your lungs until you wear out all negative vibes.
A beautiful balance between rock ‘n’ roll and the spiritful blues. This perfect example of creative ferocity brings us back to the good, classic 80s-90s of rock, while the mellow, clear voice brings the best of blues.
The haunting notes of the guitar alongside the bold drums get us bouncing our heads back and forth, and tapping our feet to the rhythm of the instruments.
The lyrics hit back home, as even though bad days are usually prefered to be left behind and forgotten, it’s also healthy to admit the bitter emotions and express them outloud.
The title ‘Angry Flames - Wrath’ is second in the series, the band’s current project —a series about the Seven Deadly Sins entitled ‘Sin7’, to be released as singles throughout 2022.
By Claudia Mendes
Spyderhuff have taken years of experience and combined them to create the back road fusion that is their sound. With ‘Lazy Soul’, they offer up a hot helping of their sound through the blues, rock and country mix. If you are looking for a song that mashes stories only life-long friends can tell with addictive musical flows, you are definitely in the right place.
As part of the band’s Seven Deadly Sins project, this single slides you into sloth and has you enjoying every step. Tom Kuhr and Don Beyer are childhood friends who have been playing music together for years and first started a jazz fusion band in the 70s. Since then, there was a rock band and the original Spyderhuff formed with drummer Jim Pauli. These three musicians reformed the band in 2020 with Joey Gaydos, Julie Noe and Tony Mitchell joining for the final line-up.
The bass that opens ‘Lazy Soul’ thrums through your brain while the country tones of the harmonica trill. There is a really great funky blues tone to the melody that instantly hooks you to the band’s sound. That opening bassline continues to draw you into the single while the rest of the instrumentation layers over it. The horns bring a country edge with a splash of big band while the electronic guitar soars on waves of classic rock. It is an amazing amalgamation of musical elements that perfectly come together to inundate your sense with their sound. You can’t escape the movement of the music and, honestly, you don’t really want to.
As you are held in place by the music, the vocals bring this amazing classic blues flow. The almost spoken delivery of the vocals is great as they scratch an itch at the back of your brain. There is a single line to the chorus that flows with multiple vocal lines that makes you want to sing along. While you are getting lost in the overall movement of the single, the lyrics detail a spiral into sloth and laziness. At times, it feels like there is a dual meaning to the lyrics as they touch on physical and mental laziness.
Spyderhuff have you addicted to their bluesy country-rock sound as they delve into one of the seven deadly sins in ‘Lazy Soul’. The music has you entranced as the layers rush over you and get you swaying to their epic movement. The vocals move from country spoken word to a rich single line chorus that makes you want to sing along.
Spyderhuff goes for a slow-moving bluesy spirit on “Lazy Soul”.
By Colm Slattery
Spyderhuff goes for a slow-moving bluesy spirit on “Lazy Soul”. A lot of heart and soul comes through on the track. Thanks to the updated take on the blues, there is a powerful quality to it. Volume is an absolute must for there is a physicality. He conjures up a sheer force of nature about it. Every single instrument has a grace behind it, and the band’s interplay feels fantastic. Rather nice curveballs come in the form of that wonderful horn section, the sort of thing that adds just the right kick to it. Rhythms are ramshackle for they maintain a degree of looseness. One can almost sense the southern humidity that spikes up throughout the entirety of the track. By mixing layer upon layer there is a brilliance to be had in taking it all in.
From the first moment the song unleashes its sheer vulnerability. An intimacy rises out of the whole of the work. Rather carefully produced every single gesture works wonders. The flourishes here have a grandeur to them, for they swing through. By far the highlight of the track comes from his vocals. Lyrics stream downwards for the verses have a poignancy to them. With the song taking its sweet time, the contemplative ode of the piece feels rather righteous. With this physical, swinging sensation they take the classic sound of the blues and manage to bring it into the present day in a way that is highly respectful.
“Lazy Soul” shows off Spyderhuff’s uncanny ability to craft a world that feels absolutely teeming with life.
E.A. POETS APPROVED/BANDS WE LIKE – SPYDERHUFF
Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to Spyderhuff. I discovered this Band while shuffling songs on Spotify and I liked the vibes of their music.
I was struck by the sound of this band.
It is clear that Spyderhuff takes inspiration from the past but at the same time, they have managed to add innovative musical ingredients that make the overall sound modern and solid. Of the new single Lazy Soul, I really liked the rhythmic cadence that prevented me from staying still and I started to dance and feel the groove.
Even the guitar solos are fantastic, making a bit risky comparison, the overall sound is as if ZZ Top had met Johnny Cash with Santana playing the guitar … a fascinating and perfect blend. The chord progression is never predictable and banal and the production is excellent especially the mix that leaves the right space for each sound element and the song breathes well.
Go and listen to them, it is worth it!
Lazy Soul is Spyderhuff’s Single Out Now!
Direct and Energetic!
Spyderhuff’s ‘Lazy Soul’ is Anything But Lazy
Written By Fran Lusty
Spyderhuff release ‘Lazy Soul’, which is the first single from their debut EP ‘SIN7’. Inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, the project will consist of seven tracks, which will be released throughout 2022. ‘Lazy Soul’ is an incredibly strong start, preparing us for what is to come. The track is a mashup of genres, from country to blues, showing off Spyderhuff’s unique sound.
The band consists of Tom Kuhr, Don Beyer, Jim Pauli, Joey Gaydos, Tony Mitchell and Julie Noe. Tom and Don have been playing together for over fifty years, and have been in a range of different bands together, from jazz-fusion to rock. Drummer Jim Pauli was the next person to join the duo. The trio released a number of EPs, including ‘Tired Wrangler’ and ‘Think About Me’ last year. Joey, Tony and Julie have since joined the band, completing the look and the sound. The electric guitars dominate the song, filling every possible space with groovy riffs and big brush strokes. Julie’s backing vocals come as a lovely surprise, taking over the melody in the outro. The bass is the beating pulse throughout the track. Every instrument plays a unique role in ‘Lazy Soul’ and is indispensable to the overall sound. Fans of John Hiatt, Government Mule, Lou Reed, ZZ-Top, Dire Straits, Tom Waits, etc., will highly appreciate Spyderhuff’s talent and energy.
Written by Katrina Yang
Spyderhuff takes you down the country road, to a dim, smoky southern bar where the mournful sound of blues harmonica intertwines with road-worn vocal that filled with life stories. Captivating melodies seem to resonate and echo with your own journey, the soaring guitar jam lifts the roof just a little higher so it could reach further to the sky.
“Desert Rain” is all about the groove and the feel, the soul that softly mourn to the sound of harmonica and the stories behind the lyrics. Spyderhuff has so perfectly orchestrated a timeless track that one could fully immerse themselves in. Rhythmic and soulful, “Desert Rain” is easy to groove with and dance to, lighting up a cigarette, thinking or not thinking about the day, getting lost in the saucy southern twang.
Spyderhuff has a very special touch that comes to manipulate this balance between live instruments and electronic elements, creating a cloud-like soundscapes that enhance the fell with synth while maintaining the edgy, authentic feel of the blues/country music genre.
Spyderhuff - Think About Me
By Jamie Funk
Tom Kuhr, Don Beyer, Jim Pauli, “Guitar” Joey Gaydos and Tony Mitchell are Spyderhuff. The band’s roots go back to the '70s and on their release Think About Me melds that classic rock sort of style with other genres.
The EP starts with the title track “Think About Me” and is very much a mix of ’70s classic rock and some synths as well which had a very ’80s sort of midi aesthetic not too far from Peter Gabriel and to a lesser extent Talking Heads. The song is fun and loose. It’s also filled to the brim with instrumentation. They did say: “The title track “Think About Me” is a social commentary about social media. It has become a powerful centrifugal force that pins us to the wall of a spinning drum. Interestingly, the lyrics were written in 1992.”
The next song is “Drunk Like a Baby.” Musically there’s a bit of a Pink Floyd thing going on but more like it was played by a jazz band. The horns sounded great and the funky guitar worked as well. I loved some of the grooves. The vocals are similar to the first song and just very loose and borderline comedic. I would say the vocalist is having fun with it.
“Cracker Jack Shack” is a tip of the hat to ’70s blue collar type of classic rock. The band even busts out the cowbell. This song might be a straight parody but either way I loved it. They play into the rock n’ roll handbook and pull off tons of classic rock moves. I thought the harmonica was a nice addition as well.
“I’m Not Afraid” might be the highlight. The song is melodic and a perfect balance between sincerity and levity. There was something in the delivery where the song felt reflective but didn't feel melodramatic. The band goes for more of a country angle on “Revenge In Heaven” and the tone is again sort of on the line.
The songs felt inspired by the ’70s and ’80s but the band jumps around in terms of style and approach. I thought the songs were accessible and felt powerful yet fun at the same time. Recommended.
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Spyderhuff fuse Blues-Rock, Country and retro club beats in new Single ‘Think about Me’
For over fifty years childhood friends Tom and Don ie. Michigan based duo ‘Spyderhuff’ have been playing music together. Although their collaboration has been completely remote of late it hasn’t stopped their creative juices flowing and their newest release a genre bending mesh of blues-rock-country and techno proves just that.
The track is quirky, edgy and tongue in cheek. The lead vocal delivered speech style, provides a commentary on the Black Mirror-esque nature of modern society, social media and it’s narcissism inducing affects summed up in the main hook “I only think about, what people think about, when they think about me”.
The combination of Bongo heavy club beat, retro electric guitar solos and a clear timely message works far better than I imagined a Blues-Rock-Country and Techno fusion ever could. It’s experimental sure, but Spyderhuff’s experiment has certainly paid off.
Spyderhuff - Tired Wrangler
By Jamie Funk
How many years has it been since the two members of Spyderhuff made music together? Twenty-eight. Their history together goes back farther than that. According to the band they first started playing music together over fifty years. Who doesn't like a reunion?
For their release Tired Wrangler they explain the musical subject matter ranges from ‘loud mufflers’ to ‘growing old.’ I'm in, so lets go. They get the car revved up with “Get a Muffler, Babe” which is a slow burn with just enough attitude and grit. It’s a bluesy rock song with some gritty distorted guitar and some sweet harmonica that’s on fire. The vibe is very ’70s from head to toe and the band sounds at home here. They are having fun and you can tell.
I was not expecting synths but I got some on “Desert Rain.” The synths only created some atmosphere which felt appropriate. It’s a more lush song but there is again some harmonica that burns. The name Desert Rain really fit the vibe perfectly.
The duo have more success with the title track “Tried Wrangler.” I definitely heard a bit more of an affectation on this song. There are some country sounding vocals which by the way are great. This is a slower ballad that is quite relaxing and fun at the same time.
“Ten Thousand Things Could Go Wrong” was another move I wasn’t expecting. This is a funky ’70s type of song. There is a smidge of Bowie here and a very fleshed horn section. It sounds great. They somehow pull this style off.
I love a good driving groove and that’s what we get with “Midwestern California Boy.” Last up is “I’m in the Middle of a Big Wide World” and was one last turn I wasn’t expecting. There is an ’80s aesthetic to this song and some synths and what could be electronic horns.
This was a great release. There were some unexpected turns which just felt like the guys were having fun. I could argue that made the release less cohesive but something about it made it work which is hard to pinpoint. These two clearly have chemistry and make some killer tunes. Let’s not wait another twenty eight-years for the next release.
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