It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Spiderbait; nine years to be exact. But earlier this year they released the first single from their upcoming album, and now they’re releasing their second single, It’s Beautiful.
Spiderbait formed in Finley, New South Wales, Australia way back in 1989. They’ve had a number one song on the ARIA Singles Chart, five albums in the Top 20, and won two ARIA Music Awards. Even if you haven’t heard of them, you’d probably know their music. Their cover of the 1930’s Lead Belly song Black Betty was a huge hit (the one that went number one), and Calypso was featured in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You (and is the quintessential 90’s song in my mind).
What’s great about Spiderbait is that they have two very dinstinct styles. There’s the psychedelic metal sound of most of the songs on which drummer Kram sings lead vocals (such as Black Betty and Shazam), and then there’s the trippy innocence of bassist Janet English’s songs. It’s Beautiful is one of English’s songs, and it is beautiful. English’s sweet vocals float above the driving drums and grungy bass, and the kaleidoscopic keyboard breaks only add to the pretty, chilled out feel of the song.
My only criticism of It’s Beautiful is that it does get kind of boring by the end of the song. It’s VERY repetitive, and if it weren’t for that keyboard break, it’d be pretty much the same thing for the entire 3:40. That being said though, it’s a cool track; a total throwback to the late 90’s and Spiderbait’s heyday, and it kind of makes me want to throw on a sundress and frilly socks, take some LSD and run around in the sunshine (but not really).
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