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Friday, June 17, 2011

Barking Spiders (1987-1989)

After Face Value broke up (last post), Jim and I still wanted to be in a band. The problem was finding other musicians who were into hardcore music. We tried to get Eric back but he was still playing with The Intellectuals so he wasn't interested. So what do you do when you can't find musicians?... You make them. It didn't take much to convince Kevin Purcell (who'd left The Intellectuals) to learn bass and our friend John Hoffman to learn the drums. Since it was a new band we also changed our name to Barking Spiders.

We already had two songs from Face Value so we started practicing on those. It was pretty shaky at first. Eric Hoffman was just an amazing drummer so John couldn't replicate the crazy tom rolls on "Watch Out!", which was expected, but he still couldn't play it two years later!

During the two years Barking Spiders were a band, besides playing a few school related shows, we only played three legit shows – all at Diamond Lil's/Dry Rock Cafe. It's too bad we never went into a studio for a proper recording. Towards the end we were actually pretty good.

Here's a few select songs from a basement boombox tape we made in 1989...

"One World"

"Power Struggle"


"You Can't Say"

"Presidents & Kings"

If you'd like you can download the whole tape below...

[DOWNLOAD] Barking Spiders - Live In The Lovely Basement (1989)
01- The Barking Spider
02- Spin
03- Peace Thru Chaos
04- All Talk, No Action
05- One World
06- Find Some Time
07- You Can't Say
08- Watch Out!
09- Power Struggle
10- Separate Ways
11- Presidents & Kings
12- Watkinized (Lost Weekend)

Jim Burns - vocals
Frank Fusco - guitar
Kevin Purcell - bass
John Hoffman - drums

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