DAN WEBB AND THE SPIDERS: Much Obliged: CD

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)