The Pink Spiders Play On Minus Two Members

The Pink Spiders
Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
6/27/08The Pink Spiders Reggies Rock Club

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.

The Pink Spiders Reggies Rock ClubMaybe 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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  1. Cathy says:

    Awesome interview!
    I was there! By Ben, the bassest right up front!

    I’ve been seeing the Pink Spiders since they were on Warped Tour 2006 and have been going to all their shows since(except i was unable to go to their show supporting kill hannah in december of 2006)

    Jon and Bob were amazing in the band but I have to say, that night at Reggies I think they did a fabulous job! I completly didnt even miss Jon and Bob not being there, the new members, Joey B-Side, Raf and Ben were amazing!

    btw, I think Reggies Rock Club DID have an off day w/ their sound cause it was kind of hard for me to make out some of the lyrics too!

  2. Alli says:

    i don’t know about you guys, but i stood on the right side of the stage, in front of Raf, and i could hear all the lyrics pretty well. though i may only *think* that since i know ALL the lyrics by heart (except the new one “Typical Danger”- that one where they sing fuck you, fuck me). the sound was A LOT better than the previous night at the House Cafe, in Dekalb. i couldn’t hear Matt AT ALL at that place. i think part of it, is just they play so loud, he gets drowned out a bit.

    i thought the show was great. i miss jon and bob, but i was not disappointed in the new members performances. i think Raf is great on the keys/back up vox/guitar. ben was fun to watch on bass, although i’ve been told he is only temporary. and joey’s not all that bad on drums. (with those glasses too, he’s easy to fool people who arent that into the band that he’s a bob look-alike).

    i think you would have had an even better time if you knew more of the songs, Jen.

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh yeah! The songs were amazing but there where only about 4 that the lyrics kinda got drowned out for me but the second half of the set was better for me!

    Raf, Joey and Ben were fantastic, Regardless if Ben will actually be a temp Raf and Joey should definitly stay as perminant members! They are the perfect guys to replace jon and bob!

    I can’t wait to see um again!!!

  4. Jinx says:

    How can you play a show without your original two amigos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why did Matt drop the white sunglasses?!? He doesn’t even look like himself!

  5. I am going through all the old posts and every time I see this the first picture I think it’s John Mayer!


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