Live Review
SPIDER & THE FLIES AT THE RUSSIAN BAR
Spider And The Flies
No Address1
Dalston, London
26/03/10

If The Horrors’ second LP was an unexpected right hook to the music snobs, Spider and The Flies’ debut was the whispered ‘I swear to God I’m going to knock your fucking teeth out’ they didn’t hear. A side-project of Rhys ‘Spider’ Webb and Tom Furse, it’s essentially a creative showcase for their love of vintage synths, mangled sounds and reconstructed dance music, and tonight is its live debut. Suitably for an event that once looked improbable (since day one they’ve been surrounded with an only-on-record kind of aura), it’s in the unlikely location of the Russian Bar basement on Kingsland Road, Dalston, London. For those who’ve not had the pleasure, this is a former brothel, unsettling mirrored walls and everything, but the drenched-in-red light and Hell’s waiting room vibe complements the music wonderfully. The pair spin-out a fairly short set of interconnected, slow-building beatscapes in favour of playing individual tracks and it’s more amenable than it is on tape; the mind-crunching noise has been reigned-in and it’s more Kraftwerk than Add N to X. It’s promising to say the least. Let’s hope the day job gives them time to play again, perhaps in a venue that doesn’t make you want to join a church.

By Edgar Smith

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Originally published in issue 16 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. April 2010