Title - 'Year Of The Snake' (Sansel Records)
Artist - Spiders & Snakes
Spiders & Snakes is a Los Angeles-based glam rock band fronted by ex-London co-founder Lizzie Grey and former London drummer Tim Yasui (aka Timothy Jay). The band draws heavily from British glam rock of the 1970's and performs regularly on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood and throughout the Los Angeles club scene.
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary with their 9th studio album - and first since 2008's Melodrama - their 10 new original glitter-rock anthems also contain a gloriously campy remake of the 1978 Angel hit, 'I Ain't Gonna Eat Your Heart Anymore.' Featuring guest appearances from member of 80's LA Metal Legends Steeler and Bitch it is a true stand out on the album.
We kick-off in fine style with the drum beat-intro'd pop guitar thunderbolt, 'Don't Step Outta Line.' Featuring Angelo Moore, founding member, lead singer and saxophonist with Fishbone, it's a hell of a way to introduce to us what this album is all about. Next up is the punk frantic, 'Too Angry,' yet another song that features the sax work of Moore. 'Kawasaki City,' featuring Ryo Okumoto - a Japanese rock keyboardist, best known for his work with progressive rock group Spock's Beard - is followed by the wailing sirens of 'Neutron Baby,' and then both 'Driving Me Crazy' and 'Hey You.'
With Lizzie Grey's vocals coming across one minute like a mid-life Billy Idol, the next a youthful Alice Cooper, we get the gentle pop sway of both 'Hello' and The Carsesque, 'Crazy.' The uber catchy, faux live (I imagine) recording, 'Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,' featuring Richard Suligowski (better known today as Rik Fox, an American heavy metal bassist) along with co-vocals by Betsy Weiss (aka Betsy Bitch) is a doozy, and is backed by the gently melodic band jam of 'Over And Over.' Featuring Gavin Ross, Pam Ryder and Dave Soble, it is backed by the last track on this wonderful, vibrant new album, 'The Digital Church,' which also features record producer, engineer and guitarist, Billy Sherwood.
Reviewed by: Russell A Trunk