SINGLE REVIEW: Another Mile by The Spiders

The Spiders are led by Lead Guitarist and Vocalist, Nick DeStefano. Nick has performed all over North America, from the Stone Pony in New Jersey to the Troubadour in Los Angeles. He has appeared on MTV in two award winning videos from his previous bands, Faces In The Crowd and Y Fly 2 London. He also appeared on two NJ WDHA-FM Compilation CD’s, that featured groups such as the Smithereens, Glen Burtnick& Joe Lynn Turner. Nick’s Y Fly 2 London’s “Just Say No” EP is still considered a classic. The record featured the late great producer and ex-Scandal keyboardist Benjy King, Donnie Kisselback, James Lewis from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the great Miami Horn section. “Another Mile” was recorded at Portrait Recording Studios in Pompton Plains, NJ.  The single was engineered by John Ferrara & Mastered by Chris Badami. The Spiders are a band that can sound like anything from punk to pop, and everyone from the Ramones to Poison. But they stay somewhere on the former side but rock as much as any glam band just the same. They remind of punks trying to get into the mainstream by making songwriting efforts beyond the trappings of the garage. In the process, they come out sounding well mixed and engineered. And it’s nothing new coming from them if you delve into their back catalog.

The single stands up to most of their songs, but you can hear it shine over and above them as it steps into a more contemporary direction. They don’t shed anything, instead they add another layer to their music with one of their catchiest numbers yet. This should get radio airplay, and that is not because of the obvious approach carrying it in that direction, but aim isn’t everything. It stands on its own two feet no matter what, and the media always loses when they don’t get wind of a good thing and don’t exploit it. The Spiders need not be concerned with that, because it hasn’t changed a thing yet and probably won’t. They merit all either way. It’s nothing like their previous single “Election Day” but it does remind of other tracks of their like “Dream Little Dreamer” and “We Seek Higher Ground.” But this new single can either be a step forward or backward depending on how you feel about accessibility. They move forward commercially, that is one thing for sure. But fans of their harder side might find it the opposite, and that is the chance the Spiders seem to take every time out. And that is also testament to their progress. Everyone tends to find double-edged swords as they continue to fight forward. And that checks out as the songs main theme, as well.

You have got to keep going, and the lyrics contain a message all about that. There is no questioning Nick DeStefano’s words, as they reach minds of the positive thinking sort. You can tap your toes or wrap your head around some wisdom, all in one, if you seek out and buy or stream this track. The Spiders are getting their music heard, one single at a time, and this is another leap for them. They should already be turning a lot of heads by now, as they prove to contend with just about anything out there. This band rock and swing with the best around, so, spread the word about “Another Mile” and help it travel the distance.


by Kevin Webber

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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