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Pete Spiby & the Beat Alls + Naked Six
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Pete Spiby - FAILED MAGICIAN released on Friday 31st August on Be Lucky, via Cargo Distribution.
In April 2017, Black Spiders gave their fans one final chance to raise their middle fingers aloft and yell ‘fuck you’ at their five, grizzled faces before hanging up their riding capes for good.
In the months leading up to their final shows, Spiby was undergoing rehabilitation. Not in the cliched rock n’ roll sense, dear reader, but for an operation on his left hand, which learned physicians say is an important part of the human anatomy when you’re doling out sweet riffs left, right and centre. “When we did the farewell shows, it gave me such a confidence boost that I was even able to play guitar without the pain and medication that I’d had for the last three years,” says Spiby. “I decided that it was time to do the only thing I've been doing since I was at school.”
Please welcome, ladies and gentlemen, Failed Magician. It's the title of Spiby’s new solo release; it's not a concept album about sleight of hand tricks gone awry, accidentally sawing an assistant in half or drowning before a horrified studio audience. “Me and Ozzy [Lister, former Spider riffologist] were working somewhere in the world with another band,” explains Spiby, “and during a very one-sided drunken conversation late at night, he slurred the words “I just don’t want to end up being a failed magician. It’s obviously not what he meant to say, but I kept it under my hat to use at some point in the future and here we are. It conjures up so many things.”
There comes a time in a man’s life when the blues become mandatory listening and this in turn has informed his new songs. “I have sorrow in my pocket and exorcising the ghosts is a way out of the darkness,” he says. “There were a lot of deaths in rock during 2017 that made me think about mortality, depression and life. There's a thread that goes through all of this and it’s basically a collection of domestic blues songs, sometimes seen from both sides of the story.
“Sabbath, Zeppelin, the MC5 and the Stooges have a lot to answer for, as I guess do the Beatles and the Stones, for embedding that feeling and influence into their music,” he continues. “Everyone that has since been influenced by them, directly or indirectly. Maybe it just knocks all the right doors and rings all the right bells. I reckon mine’s a buzzer.”
Spiby called upon fans to fund his solo outing via Pledgemusic and smashed his goal to bits. “That’s when shit got real, as they say” explains Spiby “and I made it really complicated for myself and recorded 30 odd songs, which is a fuck load of time and effort.”
For his next trick, he assembled a crack team of ne’er do wells to help bring his ideas to life in the studio with Matt Ellis at the production console. “It’s quite a mixed bunch of losers really,” he says. “All solid musicians and amazing people; All my type, which is a very hard thing to find in any lifetime. It’s a fairly big entourage.”
And for your edification and delight, there is an exhaustive list of who played on the record: Luke Athiko (The Defiled, guitar), Simon Bismark (Daken guitarist, bass) and James Maiden (Future ex Wife, guitar) made up the core band. Then there were three drummers who arrived to keep some semblance of order: Simon Smith (Wedding Present/ChaCha Cohen), Tony Arthy (The Wonder Stuff) and Richie Mills (Cable/ Imogen Heap). Danni Maibaum (Double NoNo/ Dirty Blood) added some duel vocals. Even Adam Thistlewaite (Massive Wagons) and Lee Storrar (Servers) dropped by to add guitars to some of Failed Magician’s more stripped back moments, as well as a roving gang of local ukulele players. “What a trip, if it’s the last thing I ever get to do, recording wise, I’ll die a very happy man,” says Spiby of his solo debut. “The greatest success is just even getting it done in the first place. Proud as fuck. That’s me.”
His band the Beat Alls made their debut with two shows at Camden Rocks festival in June 2018 and the following weekend they opened the Stone Free festival at the O2 Arena. “It was a chance exorcise those demons in the live arena,” says Spiby. “The songs have already started to take on a different meaning already..World submission awaits… Hahahaha…”
‘Close your eyes and dream for a second as the windswept Bible Studies and Friday Night start up and we could be back in Seattle in ’89, Soundgarden cranking up the amps in Jack Endino’s studio… a bunch of acoustic domestic blues, heartfelt and stripped back, with Spiby exorcising a few demons.. late at night” EVERETT TRUE – 7/10 Classic Rock
“the artistic defiance of this debut solo offering is incredible. Channeling the peerless radio-rock swagger of Audioslave and doffing his cap to Alice in Chains on Bible Studies… a monument to gifted songwriting, dexterous performance and indomitable spirit. Simply unmissable.” SAM LAW – Kerrang! KKKK
“vocal melodies speaking to the enormous bigfoot energy (BFE?) of Soundgarden, complete with a wailing refrain that will rattle the rafters and give listeners a chance to mourn the loss of a rock giant by embracing a new underdog, taking us on a long road through the routes of excess and soulful delivery that Spiby has to offer, whilst still hinting at many a road that still hasn’t been explored as yet – with the hint that this first journey is just one of many to come.” RICH HOBSON - Uberrock
“A distinctly earthier blues rock transformation seems to have taken place.. His vocals lend themselves particularly well to this brand of hard rocking blues…” RICH DEAKIN – Vive Le Rock 8/10
“Failed Magician certainly feels like a labour of love for Spiby, bringing all of his influences to the fore whilst simultaneously nodding at what he’s achieved in his more recent career. A cracking collection of blues-infused rock and roll, this three-pronged attack is a triumphant return and hints at even greater things to come.” NICK SPRAGG – Pure Rawk 4.5/5
“There really is no let up on this darker half of the package and ‘We Used To Be Friends’ and ‘Why Not Let Them Come’ hold you mesmerized. And its pretty much that feeling of being gripped/helplessness loss of control that runs through, hitting all your emotional buttons that works so well. If you purchase one LP this year make sure it’s this one. Über-approved… in triplicate!” NEV BROOKS - Uberrock