Spinning in My Grave
The band's first full length CD in three years, 'Spinning In My Grave (My Sodden Bedsheets)' is a collection of nine tracks tightly focused on The Spider Translator's dark and suspicious dreamland. Paranoid fantasies and fear-filled hallucinations are brought to light and set to music with lurching rhythms and languid melodies. Consistent with past offerings, the CD contains a provocative mix of songs, samples, and improvisation. 'Spinning In My Grave (My Sodden Bedsheets)' benefits heavily from The Spider Translator members' involvement with various side projects since 2003. Studio techniques, songwriting skills, and musical dexterity have all been honed from the past three years of live performance and studio recording experience. The result is the most well performed, engineered, and mixed The Spider Translator album ever. The Spider Translator sound is a blend of experimental rock, neo-psychedelia, goth rock, and old-school industrial. Also present is the influence of rhythms and styles from Carnatic, Inupiat, and Haitian music. Bands with similar interests or that have significantly influenced The Spider Translator include Cabaret Voltaire, Coil, Devo, Einsturzende Neubauten, Legendary Pink Dots, Liars, Psychic TV, The Residents, Roky Erickson, and Wire. REVIEWS 'The overall effect of the disc is twisted pop, skirting the edges of surrealism, but maintaining enough quirky fun to appeal to more mainstream forums... If there were any justice in this world, Spinning in My Grave (My Sodden Bedsheets) would be a huge popular hit.' Excerpted from a review by Rik MacLean at ReGen Magazine. '...possessed of a deeply sardonic and peculiar sense of humor... and despite clear linking points to earlier industrial / psych / ebm acts, The Spider Translator manages to achieve a unique and sometimes baffling sound. One of the most interesting things about this disc is the way the beats are definitely present but don't overwhelm the rest of the songs, like a lot of overamped post-industrial music. Weird but good, especially in the use of nifty beats and the offbeat structure of some of the tracks.' Excerpted from a review by RFK at Dead Angel. 'Themes of loneliness, fear, death, insecurity, failed relationships and friendship abound in thoughtful, inventive and sometimes humorous ways. They are subjects Erickson carefully explored through methodical songwriting...' Excerpted from a review by Michael Swanger at Cityview. '...If anything, it's a bit like Nurse With Wound, but only in the sense that it's playful and unpredictable. Any further comparisons or attempts to consign it to one or the other genre ghettos would be merely a disservice. What can be safely said, however, is that the Spider Translator is fun to listen to, and quite different than nearly anything else you've heard, without having to resort to shock value or the deliberate infliction of pain on your eardrums. If you're ready for something that's truly eclectic, as opposed to the obvious crossovers of rap and metal that pass for 'innovative' in the mainstream, give the Spider Translator a listen.' Excerpted from a review by Matthew Johnson at Grave Concerns. PREVIOUS SPIDER TRANSLATOR RELEASES 2005 Goodbye Horses (Spider Translator Remix) 12" 2003 October 21, 2003 18:12 - October 22, 2003 03:23 2003 2003: A Merman I Should Turn To Be 2002 Andersen's Well and Living Inside My Head 2001 Where Is the Book? 2001 The River Sessions.