CHROME SPIDERS: Black Butterfly: 7”

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson has nothing on Thomas Jackson Potter, Chrome Spiders’ caterwauling lead singer and guitar player. The man’s voice was made to sing this type of timeless classic rock—muscular without being gruff, able to hit the upper register without being shrill, and a delivery as venomous as a striking sidewinder. The rhythm section does a fantastic job on “Black Butterfly” of locking things down without a bunch of needless noodling around. Even the guitar solo three-quarters of the way through the tune is restrained, complementing the tension that develops between the vocals and beat. The b-side is a scumbag dirge that conjures the Oblivians’ “The Leather.” Totally awesome.

 –benke (Big Neck)