Spiders (no resemblance to the long-legged arachnid of the same name) are a Swedish rock act that creates a sound which will be very familiar to lovers of classic rock and even 70s prog jams. I spoke with Richard Harryson (Drums) as he talked a little about how the band formed as well as the recording process for the new album Shake Electric. He also revealed a few of his favorite classic rock albums and discussed his love for vinyl, cooking and drinking wine. If you’re looking for a band that sounds like the good old days, you need to look no further than Spiders!
Tell me a little bit about the band. How did you all get together?
The band was formed by John and Axel (from Graveyard) in 2010. They fooled around with some songs and needed a vocalist. They asked Ann-Sofie, who said yes, and then Matteo came along. After the first EP released by Crusher Records, Axel felt that he had to focus fully on Graveyard. That’s were I came in to the picture. Our first album was released 2012 on Crusher Records. We did some tours, both on our own and with other bands (Graveyard, Kvelertak). Matteo decided to leave the band and was replaced by Olle, a wonderful person and musician.
Your influences seem to stem from classic rock n’ roll, with singers like Pat Benatar and Janis Joplin among others. What do you feel made this style of rock so great compared to today’s scene?
The songwriting, the sound and the amazing musicians who played the songs. Then there’s a lot good music produced today, of course.
What are your top five records from that classic era of rock n’ roll?
Kiss- Dressed To Kill
Heart – Little Queen
Black Sabbath – Sabotage
ABBA – Waterloo
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Hard Promises
Lyrically, what inspires you? Many of these songs seem to come from life experience. Is Shake Electric somewhat biographical?
Some lyrics are biographical and some are not. When I wrote the lyrics to ”Control” I was thinkingabout money and what it does to us and the world. The song ”Shake Electric” is somewhat biographical. Ann-Sofie wrote the lyrics. It’s about friendship and not wanting to grow up.
Let’s talk about the recording process for Shake Electric. Where did you guys record it and what was the vibe like in the studio? Are you a more digital or analog type of band?
We recorded the album in two weeks at Kungsten Studios with Mattias Glavå in Gothenburg. Its an analogue studio and most of the tracks are done live, even the vocals because Mattias wanted to record the way we sound when we are onstage. We just added some overdubs, backing vocals, solos and percussion and then the album was done. The vibe was good. Mattias is a great producer who makes you feel safe and always tries to bring out the best in you.
As far as record collecting goes, do you seem to be more into collecting vinyls and tapes or do you like the CD or MP3 format?
We all buy vinyls when we’re touring or is in a new town. That’s the first thing we look up, the record shops!
What kind of gear do you use?
I use Hayman drums and a Ludwig snare drum. My cymbals is from Saluda.
John has a few Greco guitars and an Orange OR120 amp. Olle has an Ibanez Rickenbacker copy and an Orange AD200B base head. Ann-Sofie uses a Hohner harmonica.
Where can we catch you live?
We have a lot of gigs in Europe but hope we can make it to the US real soon!
What do you do when you’re not playing music and what are some things about you that no one would ever guess?
We hang out with our friends and family and each other a lot. We like to drink wine, listen to records and cook. We’re like that band Milli Vanilli: It’s not us playing on the records (just kidding)!
Is there anything else you would like to mention in this interview that I didn’t mention?
I really hope we can come play in the US soon! That’s one of our biggest goals.
Thanks for answering my questions and for a really refreshing rock record. It’s definitely a good disc to jam out to.
Thank you! I’m glad you like it.