Spider Bags, “Japanese Vacation”

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The perfect summer bummer.

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John Ambrosio | June 12, 2014

Spider Bags Frozen Letter

In anticipation of the release of their new album, Frozen Letter, Chapel Hill garage-rock band Spider Bags have just debuted their new song “Japanese Vacation” over at Consequence of Sound. Based on this and the already-released lead track—the saxaphone-infused “Back With You Again in the World”Frozen Letter is leaning towards an old-school rock ‘n’ roll sound with a few more complexities than seen on previous Spider Bag releases.

Unlike “Back With You Again in the World” however, the newest track features many more self-loathing undertones, especially when singer Dan McGee mumbles lines like, “Spider crawl across the wall / doesn’t mean a thing at all,” minimizing the efforts of either of all eight-legged arthropods or, more likely, the arachnid-themed band itself. So while it’s got all the twangy guitar parts and up-tempo drums necessary for any good warm-weather jam, there’s definitely something lurking just beneath the surface, making it the perfect song for someone having a particularly bad summer.

Frozen Letter will be out August 5 on Merge Records, you can stream “Japanese Vacation” below:

Spider Bags have also just announced some tour dates in support of the new album:

Spider Bags 2014 Tour Dates:
08/09 – Winston Salem, NC @ Krankies
08/13 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
08/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
08/15 – Detroit, MI @ Jumbo’s
08/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
08/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
08/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
08/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
08/21 – Washington, DC @ DC9

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