Release Date: Aug 3, 2018
Record label: Merge
Five albums into their career, Spider Bags are sounding a little less punk and a bit more rock on 2018's Someday Everything Will Be Fine. There's a large helping of fuzzy, garage-leaning guitar-mauling here, these folks haven't abandoned their occasional detours into formless noise, and the music continues to wear an audible sneer. But just as on 2014's Frozen Letter, these sessions find the band sounding tighter and more confident than ever before, with just a dollop of slop to keep things swinging but a sharper overall focus that helps these tunes connect with a solid wallop.
Dan McGee's obsession with the tragicomic predates his decade-long tenure as the frontman of the North Carolina trio Spider Bags. In the early 2000s, he launched a raucous punk band "with the most obnoxious name we could find": DC Snipers. The band's songs, like "All Humans Are Garbage" were accordingly provocative, but their knack for making self-loathing sound like a joyride carried over to Spider Bags as well, delivered in the form of grungy, countrified rock songs whose fervor amplified their absurdist messaging.