This week’s AMPED Artist of the week is Gothenburg based, Swedish rock group, Spiders. The official video to the title track from the band’s acclaimed new album, ‘Shake Electric’ can be viewed below.
In 2012, Spiders hit the scene with a bang, releasing their hugely successful debut album, ‘Flash Point,’ which heralded tours with many of the metal world’s biggest acts, including Metallica, Kvelertak and Graveyard. Now, the group is back with an even bigger and bolder follow-up, ‘Shake Electric.’ Recorded in the band’s hometown of Gothenburg with producer Mattias Glava (Dungeon), the album is slated as being a, “classic rock-inspired opus… delightfully Black Sabbath-y, but modernized, and with a female singer, who slays your life.”
The addition of 70s style rock to Spiders already established metal/punk sound, has resulted in ‘Shake Electric’ having a far more diverse sound. Moreover, each instrument was recorded live and unlike on ‘Flash Point,’ each member of the group contributed to the album’s writing process, giving it a, “very stylish but never polished sound.”
All Axess recently caught up with Spiders drummer Ricard Harryson to ask him about ‘Shake Electric’ and the pressures of writing the all-important second album, as well as the bands current tour, their plans for 2015 and more. Stay tuned for that later in the week. In the meantime, check out the video and let us know what you think.
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 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, the largest rock festival in Sweden, and toured Scandinavia as well as Spain and Portugal. In 2014 SPIDERS supported Kvelertak in Scandinavia and Blood Ceremony throughout Europe. In May 2014 the band released the single “Mad Dog” via Reaktor Recordings / Universal Music.