I have to admit, Matt Friction gets some credit in my book for carrying on with his band, The Pink Spiders, minus the other two founding members at Friday’s show. The band’s original bassist, Jon, and drummer, Bob, are officially not in the band anymore. I just found this out on Friday – the day of the show! So my first time seeing The Pink Spiders in concert doesn’t really count because I didn’t even get to see the real band like all of my friends have in the past. But unlike many other bands who completely fall apart when one or two members leave so unexpectedly (in the middle of a tour), Matt Friction, guitarist/vocalist, carried on with three very new members to back him up.
Maybe it was something with the PA system at Reggies Rock Club, but I honestly could barely make out a word that Matt was singing. He sings so fast! But then again, I only knew the words to one song by heart – Little Razorblade – because that is my favorite song by The Pink Spiders. I have listened to it quite a lot and let me tell you – it’s super catchy and addicting! No wonder the music supervisor for The Hills chose to place it in an episode of the hit MTV show. The band’s new bassist provided the comic relief and had the crowd laughing in between songs with his pointless banter about Lord knows what. All I remember was that he was quite stoned (or at least on something that altered his state of mind) and started singing some song from LOST that had my friend Ashley cracking up beside me. Whatever…he was funny.
The set was quick and lasted only 45 minutes. Around three new songs from the band’s upcoming album, Sweat It Out, were performed to die-hard fans that didn’t know all the words yet knew them well enough to sing along. My friend Sylwia only recognized the new ones from the band’s Myspace page. Even though she was slightly disappointed that Matt chose to play so many new and unknown songs, he did play her favorite Pink Spiders track – Hollywood Fix – so it’s safe to say she was satisfied with the concert. Besides the new songs (Busy Signals being one) the guys performed a cover of American Girl, the classic by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. All in all, it was a good first experience for me, even though it was only one third of the original line up of The Pink Spiders. Maybe one day there will be a reunion and I can see all three of the guys in action…
Our interview with the Pink Spiders is here.
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