Spider Bags just wrapped up the first leg of touring in support of their Merge debut Frozen Letter, and new dates are below!
Along the way, they visited WFMU for a live performance. Listen to the archive now. KEXP included "Back With You Again in the World" on their recent podcast. The All Songs Considered hosts also commented on the variety of great songs on Frozen Letter.
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We aren't the only ones celebrating a big anniversary this year! Hopscotch Festival celebrates 5 years this week and they've enlisted many Merge artists to help them party. The schedule is below, along with our annual listening party hosted by our friends at Foundation on Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm.
Thursday Sept 4
4-6pm - Merge Records listening party @ Foundation
11:00pm - Saint Rich @ Tir Na Nog
12:30am - Reigning Sound @ Pour House
Friday Sept 5
12:30pm - Jenks Miller (of Mount Moriah) and Rose Cross NC @ Kings (Three-Lobed/WXDU Day Party)
4:00pm - Pipe @ Slim's (outside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
4:45pm - Spider Bags @ Slim's (inside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
11:30pm - Flesh Wounds @ Slim's
Saturday Sept 6
3:00pm - Flesh Wounds @ Kings (Orange County Social Club Day Party)
4:00pm - Ex Hex @ Warehouse District (Shindigs Babes in Boyland)
We always love a good record release show, and this month's party with Spider Bags at The Pinhook was made even more special as the band performed their Merge debut Frozen Letter in its entirety. There's no better way to get to know Dan McGee & the guys than a show in a packed club on a Friday night. Watch the set below.
Get Frozen Letter on red vinyl or CD at your local record shop or in the Merge store now.
Spider Bags' Merge debut Frozen Letter will be in stores next week, but the full album is now streaming at NPR Music.
In their description of the album, NPR writes:
What's made Spider Bags such a worthwhile band to follow, aside from peeling back scalps with blistering fuzz when they want to, is McGee's preternatural understanding of his niche. He writes songs that reach back to the canon but retain more personality than almost any in the garage spectrum, solely on his words and riffs, and he lands both with a lot of comfort and a little abrasion.
Visit NPR Music now to stream Frozen Letter and pre-order the album now on CD or LP in the Merge store.
"Japanese Vacation" is the second preview from Spider Bags' Frozen Letter, the band's fourth full-length album and first for Merge which will be released on August 5. Consequence of Sound described "Japanese Vacation" by saying, "the mixture of upbeat grooves and unyielding gloominess make for a unique summer anthem, perfect for either cookouts or crying alone in your bedroom." Frozen Letter follows up 2012's acclaimed Shake My Head and is available for pre-order now on CD and LP in the Merge store.
Frozen Letter is the fourth full-length album by Chapel Hill's Spider Bags and its first for Merge, out August 5 in the US, August 18 in Europe! Frozen Letter follows up 2012's acclaimed Shake My Head and is available for pre-order now on CD and LP on red vinyl in the Merge store. Opening track "Back With You Again in the World" is the kind of up-tempo, riff-driven rocker that Spider Bags have made their trademark, augmented by an Andy Mackay-style sax solo. Stream it now on SoundCloud:More >
Merge Records continues its 25th anniversary celebration this summer by teaming up with Duke Performances for their popular Music in the Gardens series. Taking place throughout the months of June and July, the series invites local bands and musicians in the national spotlight to play at various venues on the Duke University campus. This year, they have extended that reach to include artists on neighboring Durham-based label Merge Records.
Among the Merge artists slated to appear at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium are Lambchop—performing their iconic album Nixon front to back—in addition to William Tyler, Mount Moriah, Stephin Merritt, and Mark Eitzel. The historic venue has recently reopened after a two-year renovation and will serve as the perfect backdrop for these special shows.
For family-friendly outdoor concerts, join Merge artists King Khan & the Shrines, the newly signed Spider Bags, The Rosebuds, Richard Buckner, and Portastatic for the Music in the Gardens series. These shows will take place in the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged for these performances, and food and beverages will also be available for purchase.More >
We are pleased to announce that Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags has joined the Merge roster!
Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee writes: “On a bright clear day sometime in the near or distant future, Quetzalcoatl will come to Earth. Upon arrival, he will scorch a tract of barren land and draw a line in the ash with his terrible talon. On one side of the line he will place Merge; on the other, everything else. Those on the Merge side will then take hold of the mighty winged serpent’s scales and fly with him to live among the stars. They will know all the color and magic of existence, happy and free forever. Those on the other side? Well… we’re glad we’re with Merge.”