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Album Review

After a sustained burst of activity throughout the latter half of the '90s, the Spider Rockets suddenly disappeared from the scene after the release of 2000's Flipped Off. Only one 2003 EP followed in the intervening years until the release of 2007's Ever After. The Spider Rockets' primary attraction, Helena Cos' great punky howl of a voice, is as good as ever here. Between whispery power ballads like "Whispers" and more aggressive material like the riff-heavy rocker "Too Far," Cos shows an excellent sense of dynamics without relying overmuch on her sultry lower range. Musically, the album is a slight updating of Pat Benatar's poppy hard rock, punked up a bit for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs generation but with its heart in the back seat of a 1981 Camaro parked behind the mall. The cover of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is just as bad as the idea sounds on paper, but other than that misstep, Ever After is a welcome return.


Formed: 1995

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The heavy rock & rollin' Spider Rockets got their start in 1995, under the wings of Helena Cos and Johnny Nap. The New Jersey band gained a reputation for hard-rocking live shows and soon began releasing EPs and LPs (starting with Lift Off in 1996, Stage Two in 1998 and the self-titled Spider Rockets in 1999). Their next three releases (Flipped Off in 2000, the Preview EP in 2003, and Ever After in 2007) were helmed by studio heavy-hitter Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, the Dresden Dolls) and all...
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