Gig Review

Black Spiders
Japanese Voyeurs
Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
17th May 2011

Black Spiders             Japanese Voyeurs
Japanese Voyeurs take the stage as main support to the mighty Black Spiders here to a decent turn out of people here in Wolverhampton tonight. With their previous tour bringing such high quality acts such as Viking Skull and Turbowolf, Japanese Voyeurs have a high job of matching up to these past supports. To keep it sweet and simple; they do not fulfil my expectations tonight. When they stepped out onto the stage I had quite high hopes with the female vocalist as bands like Halestorm have proved women can do a tremendous good job in the rock scene but what we actually get is some really high pitched vocals that get quite whiney at some points. I’ve listened to a few of their tracks online in which the music doesn’t seem too bad but live it seems to be all over the place and is quite bad for a band that is trying to get recognition to not sound at their best when they have a chance to gain some new fans. They could have salvaged it by putting on a show but the singer kept turning her back to the crowd and whilst she does indeed have a nice bottom it’s not the best idea for someone who’s fronting a band to not address the crowd and to turn away. Little crowd interaction as well; they just seem to be in our town to just get it over with and with this performance I won’t be watching them. Sorry guys but you definitely need to do better than this to impress me.

Black Spiders tonight are on full form here and from all 3 times I’ve seen them this has to be the best they’ve played. They are everything that they have always said they wanted to be; straight up full force rock and roll. Their back catalogue is full of bounce, chunky dirty riffs and some terrific concepts. During their first song “Si, El Diablo” they give their trademark chant “Everyone stick your middle fingers in the air and repeat after me, ‘FUCK YOU BLACK SPIDERS’” repeated 3 times to get the desired reaction that they wanted. They have a massive sense of humour “It’s our guitarist’s birthday today! 12 years old and has the ability to grow a beard like that” big laughs and a lot of fun. They throw out some great songs from their debut album Sons of the North like “KISS Tried to Kill Me”, “St Peter”, “Medusa’s Eyes”, “Just Like a Woman” and some tracks from previous EP’s before ending with a tremendous closer “What Goods a Rock Without a Roll?”. The crowd haven’t been that great tonight but then again both times I’ve seen them before have been supporting Airbourne to enormous crowds all of which are liquored up and ready to party. Bit of a shame in that sense but I still had a great time head banging and dancing around. Excited to see where the band will go this year as they seem to have begun their claim to fame and this rock has given no signs that it’s going to cease to roll anytime soon.

Japanese Voyeurs – 2/5
Black Spiders – 4/5

Review By James Webb

Black Spiders

Pete 'Spider' Spiby
Andy 'Ozzy' Lister
Mark 'The Dark Shark' Thomas
'Tiger' Si Atkinson
Adam 'The Fox' Irwin

 Japanese Voyuers


 Band Related Links
Black Spiders Myspace
Japanese Voyeurs Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?