MIND SPIDERS, THE: Self-titled: LP

May 13, 2011

Listening to this album started a chain reaction. There’s the obvious Marked Men and High Tension Wires connections (vocalist/guitarist Mark Ryan is also in those bands) and for some reason I found myself thinking of the Chinese Telephones. I immediately had to listen to High Tension Wires’ Midnight Cashier LP, thenMarked Men’s Ghosts and On the Outside LPs. I couldn’t find my Chinese Telephones LP. (Guess I sold it; I remember not caring for it at all. I can’t remember exactly what connection Chinese Telephones had to Marked Men. I think both Mark Ryan and other Marked Men vocalist Jeff Burke had a hand in writing/recording the Telephones’ album.) I had a deeper appreciation for these four albums after this marathon listening session. Note: I didn’t feel the need to listen to Marked Men’s Fix My Brain on account of knowing that record inside out and also because it feels different than other Marked Men records. I’d say Mind Spiders sounds closest to Ghosts-era Marked Men. Then I realized it was like 1:00 a.m. and I had to be at work at 8:00 a.m.

 –Sal Lucci (Dirtnap)