Spider Bags and Golden Boys Bag NYC This Weekend

Spider Bags performing in San Francisco, photo by <a href=
Spider Bags performing in San Francisco, photo by Canderson.
posted Friday May 16th, 2008

The Spider Bags and The Golden Boys are currently on tour together, and right now they're making their way along the East Coast making stops in New York, Jersey and West Virginia over the weekend and heading into the bowels of the Midwest next week. They roll into Brooklyn tonight to play a couple of shows over the weekend, one today at the Trash Bar with Puddin' Tang and the Imaginary Icons, and another Saturday at Silent Barn with Titus Andronicus, both excellent line-ups. Both having sounds that complement one another, The Spider Bags and The Golden Boys play slightly country flavored music, but skirt any chances of sounding too podunk, each with one foot planted in the echoes of melodic moxie that lends them both a more caustic sonance.

The Spider Bags, a quartet from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, sent a reverberating wave of Southern-soused rock'n'roll that teeters on hoodlum flavored country with the release of their debut, A Celebration of Hunger last year on Birdman Records. As far as a debut full-length from a left-field band, frontman Dan McGee and company put forth a strong effort that clued us in to their galloping buffoonery even in the first track of their excellent first record. Now, months after it's release, the band has a couple of tours under their belt, and as interest builds, we can only hope they'll have another LP in the cooker soon.

Where the Spider Bags sound leans to the weirder side of a country sound, The Golden Boys pull it off with a slightly psychedelic leaning that often intersects with the raucous, beer spraying frat rock. You can here this clearly especially on their hit "Pretty Good Looking To Me" on their debut album Whiskey Flower, released in the early months of 2007 by Hook or Crook Records. They play infectious, street smart and sweetly sincere tunes that go from fun party blasters to ballads that trot by a shore of celebrated misfortune, giving them a brilliant edge.

Check our calendar for a Spider Bags and Golden Boys show near you in the upcoming weeks and don't throw your life away by blowing it off.