Or should that be S T E A K H O U S E? Either way, this San Francisco five-piece borrows from early 70s krautrock bands like Neu! and Kraftwerk, and throws in some tasty art-rock moves on top (think Wire or Gang of Four). Add to that some classic artifacts of modern America’s first native music, Country & Western, and you have the rough outlines of the Steakhouse sound.
Spider Bite is the perfect example of their strange mix of styles, but one which quickly begins to make sense when you listen. You hear the sound of Johnny Cash’s electric guitar come floating in over the hypnotic, pulsing rhythm, and it all seems to gel into together perfectly. The whole thing is narrated by vocalist Mark Sullivan’s cool baritone, and lyrically, who can resist
A spider stung me on my wrist one night
As I slept on the Mohave plain
The hairy villain tried to crawl away
I kicked him in the campfire
Grab yourself some. Knock yourself out.