Dan Webb And The Spiders is an inspired, terrific pop band from Boston. They are easy to compare with guilty pleasure gem the Thermals, but less cheesy and with rawer production. I dug this CD so much, I’m going to track down the colored vinyl version immediately. The vocalist brings just the right amount of toughness into the pure pop framework to add edge to the bounce, and there is nothing artificial about Much Obliged whatsoever, despite the fact that they clearly spent a ton of time on the post-production. I bet they’re phenomenal live. Not even the drunkest or most metal soundman could fuck this brilliance up. –Art Ettinger (Gunner, gunnerrecords.com)
The music has the dual qualities of being tight but also having a looseness that gives it a more DIY/playing in a small house show sort of sound. The songs are catchy with the excellent “Everyone I Know”, remarkably, reminding me a little bit of 30 Foot Fall, who are in no way like Dan Webb and the Spiders but give you an idea of their potential "catchiness." This is my favourite track on the album and the one that sticks in my mind long after the record ends, but other up-tempo songs “Brother” and “Sicker” also have that ability to keep gnawing away in my head.
released March 1, 2011
Recorded and mixed by Marc Valois at STARLAB in Somerville, MA - November 13th-17th, 2010
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East in Cambridge, MA - December 02, 2010
Design and layout by Hilary Fiorito and Dan Webb in Boston, MA - December 21st, 2010