The Spider Accomplice has released the second entry in their Los Angeles Trilogy. The six song EP entitled Los Angeles: The Abduction provides a stunning forum for this Los Angeles based power trio to show off both their musical and songwriting talents. Those talents are considerable. Vocalist VK Lynne is a powerhouse singer with versatility dwarfing many of her contemporaries, drummer Justin Lee Dixon plays with both hammering power and sensitivity, and lead guitarist Arno Nurmisto shows similar versatility in his ability to alternate between passages of shredding fury and more nuanced six string explorations. The EP is well constructed and has an ideal length that guarantees it gets its themes and story across with a minimum amount of fuss while still providing listeners with an entertaining musical experiences cutting across multiple genre lines. This would be an impressive effort from any outfit, but for this band, it provides stunning new evidence that they are among the top rock bands plying their trade today.
“Bromlaid” begins the EP with some interesting lyrics and a near progressive build up before transforming itself into a gloriously stirring rock track. The space that the band leaves in their compositions helps distinguish it further and allows the music a chance to really breathe. VK Lynne establishes her presence immediately with a varied singing performance. Her dramatic reading of the EP’s second song “Messy Vampire” elevates a compelling lyric that mixes violent imagery with metaphors about life in Los Angeles. There’s a decided imaginative edge in the band’s lyrics and their musical backing plays into it perfectly. The buzzsaw guitar work isn’t completely without warmth and Lynne’s solid rhythm guitar duels quite well with Nurmisto’s lead guitar. The rhythm section on “Behold the Day” lays down an authoritative groove paired with a winning lead guitar melody that keeps thing bright and lively. Lynne shows off her talents for locking her voice in with the song’s arrangement and the effect makes an already first rate track even more of a great listen.
Their command over musical dynamics emerges in a different fashion on “You Still Lie”. Rather than opting for the big build up, there is a brief comparatively muted introduction followed the band exert its muscle to the fullest in one of the album’s steadiest rock tracks. It maintains a strong intensity from that point forward and the consistency gives Lynne one of her best vocal platforms. “Hollywood Hotel”, the EP’s grand finale, changes over from an extended non-musical introduction intended to set the scene into, easily, the most all out rocker on Los Angeles: The Abduction. The uptempo fury of the song is well matched by another rugged Lynne vocal. This is a powerful release in every respect with a welcome amount of variety in the relatively condensed EP form. The fact that they are able to accomplish so much while focusing on keeping things short and sweet is a testament to their talents. The Spider Accomplice have released a winner with Los Angeles: The Abduction.