Friday, September 7, 2018

Spider Bags / Drag Sounds at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room - 8/2/2018

Spider Bags
With Drag Sounds
Cat’s Cradle Back Room

It’s only been four years since the last Spider Bags record “Frozen Letter,” but it feels like an eternity.  That has been coupled with them also not been playing live as often the past couple of years, which certainly amplified my feelings of abandonment – there for a while it felt like I saw them at least once every month or two…a good problem to have!  Thankfully, they’ve birthed into the world a great new album called “Someday Everything Will Be Fine,” and this evening was the release party to celebrate it’s existence.  For most bands that would mean focusing their set heavily on the new release, but Spider Bags have never been one for convention and instead made the bulk of their set old material with a few new ones sprinkled in – and I don’t mean old as in the last record, I’m talking very early material, some of which they hadn’t played live in ages or never at all.  They played for nearly an hour and a half, and the crowd was rambunctious the entire time (rambunctious these days means three or four people were dancing instead of the typical none).  They are easily one of my favorite local bands to see live, so a long set was a-ok in my book.  I also picked up the new album before leaving – it probably goes without saying that it’s great.

Drag Sounds opened the show, a local band that is the runaway leader in the category of “number of times I meant to see them live” versus “number of times I actually went to see them live.”  They’re damn good, they play a lot, and I’ve caught them a couple of times, but not nearly as often as I’ve planned to if I wasn’t a massive lazyass.  At some point they lost their bass player, and subsequently I had a tough time not thinking of Spray Paint...Drag Sounds are a little less sardonic than those weirdo Texas punks, but certainly in the same general ballpark musically.  Also: the short-haired guitarist/singer looks like he could be the son of Eric Clapton – once I saw it I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I’ve probably even said this before in other reviews, but it really is uncanny.

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