DAN WEBB AND THE SPIDERS: Now It Can Be Told: CD

A singles collection, gathering 7”s from the Gunner Records Singles Club, bonus tracks from the Euro version of Oh Sure, and splits with Irish Handcuffs and Beach Party. As I’ve stated previously, this band should be huge. All the pieces are there. It’s garage rock in the basest sense, but the desperation and weariness is tempered with smarts; the frenzy is forsaken for self-restraint. What results, instead of an explosion, is a slow burn: a collection of sixteen songs that showcase rock-solid songwriting and an incredible amount of variance within the sometimes constraining limitations of the genre. That’s all a lofty way to say these dudes are doing a lot with a little, and the songs here are simultaneously tough as shit and introspective and vulnerable enough to be relatable. This is a really good band.

 –keith (Safe Responsible)