Spider Bags: “Summer Of ’79”

Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

Spider Bags formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina around 2005, but their heart comes from New Jersey. That’s where frontman Dan McGee grew up, and it’s easy to spot some semblance of the Garden State in his songs: some Springsteen, some Bon Jovi reach-for-the-rafters choruses. But Spider Bags are more of a loveable trainwreck than a polished arena rock act. Over the course of four albums, they’ve carved out their own brand of rock-and-roll, mixing punk, psychedelia, and country. Their songs always seem to teeter on the edge of completely falling apart

It makes sense, then, that they’d work with John Wesley Coleman. The local underground luminary has been exploring the same sonic avenues for years, either as a solo artist or with his band the Golden Boys. On this year’s Frozen Letter, Spider Bags tip their cap to Coleman with a cover of his song “Summer Of ’79.” It’s a fast and loose ode to rock-and-roll, singing its praises like its a religion. And for Spider Bags, it pretty much is. Download the song below, and catch Spider Bags at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014.

Thursday, Nov. 6 – Hotel Vegas, 12:15 a.m. (Fun Fun Fun Nites)

Friday, Nov. 7 – Orange Stage, 12:10 p.m.


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