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Tarantula Rising

by The Poison Sisters

A truly gob-smacking and unique mixture of bone-crunching rock'n'roll, punk bravado, jazz sneakiness, wilful experimentalism, pop sensibilities and tales of murder, lust, loss and lurid duplicity.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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1. 76yrs
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2. Chicane
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3. Up To the Wagon
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4. Cataract
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5. Tongue-tied
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6. Lovebug
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7. Vagina Dentate
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8. Deep Red Hurt
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9. Insect Floor
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10. 1+1=0
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11. The Devil's Corduroy
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12. Essential Oils
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13. Space Dust
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Tarantula Rising" is the debut album by Scottish alternative rock band The Poison Sisters.

Please take some time to read these reviews - they might help you to know what you're letting yourself in for !!

F+J MAIL ORDER (U,K,) - 'Tarantula Rising'

....This collection of songs veers wildly from minimalist trip-hop, thru sixties trash, then downwards into the shrieking of hell-bound souls. PARENTAL ADVISORY SPECIAL.

LUNA KAFE' WEBSITE (Norway) - 'Tarantula Rising'

......... but though it may sound churlish, not even album of the month. No, that honour goes to the diametrically-opposed first LP from the Poison Sisters, Tarantula Rising. The name of the band, the Parental Lyrics Advisory note, everything points to an almighty punky thrash, though of course this wouldn't be a problem. However, though the likes of Chicane indeed sound a bit like a very lively Joy Division, with more controlled vocals from the rich vocal chords of singer Sandy Black, there's much more to this album. In fact the LPs starts off, musically at least, a little like the Wedding Present with 76yrs. Many of the songs too are broadly about lost loves, but the comparison ends there, in fact the lyrics and delivery are mildly threatening, and in places surreal. It's the constant switching of styles too that makes this album stand out - Insect Floor is a trip-hop-based nightmare of a spider-ridden room, Lovebug is a spoken story of what the narrator found deep at the earth's core, and Essential Oils might be, or might not be, about a drugs run gone wrong. All this backed up by the aforementioned variety of styles - the near-metal drumming and a lot of stop-start songs, false endings, the lot. The Poison Sisters (three blokes, naturally) have a personality crisis of Rosanne Barr proportions which happily leads to fun for all the family in fact (well, your parents might not like it). [This review] Copyright © 1998 Stuart McHugh

JOCKROCK WEBSITE (U.K.) - 'Tarantula Rising'

I'd expected this lot, for some reason, to make an awful (but good) racket like any other Scottish band whose name begins with 'P' (pH Family, Pink Kross et al). And they do. But not all the time. In fact, this is an album which lives up to it's press release - they say that it covers all musical styles, bit of trip hop thrown in, etc, the usual bollocks. But guess what, they speak the truth! The aggression is pretty much controlled, so you can hear that they have some pretty decent tunes here. And the trip-hop comes through as promised, in a clever way, a bit like Long Fin Killie did. But the comparison ends there, they're off on a nother direction after that, a bit Joy Division, a bit grungey in places, and plenty where they're simply the Poison Sisters. Oh, they say "Parental Advisory" and that's true though often the adult might be best employed to explain them, they're a bit surreal in places. Nothing wrong with that, though. I could say that they're doing it for themselves, but it's not actually that D.I.Y./lo-fi. They're too clever for that.

AUTO REVERSE (U.S)-'Tarantula Rising'

I wish I could keep up with popular U.K. indie bands better because then I might have a shot at describing The Poison Sisters a little more accurately. Because what sounds to me like an innovative blend of Pantera and The Smiths (no shit) could very well be a highly derivative band that rips off whoever is this week's big deal in the N.M.E.. Just as someone in the U.K. could hear something like Limp Bizkit and think"wow, metal and rap together, how innovative" instead of the correct response of "wow, Korn Jr," if you see my point. So, I'll just have to say Pantera with Morrissey singing for now. The songs are somewhat basic, musically speaking, often starting with a chugging guitar riff. It's when the singer comes in that things get really interesting though. Sounds to me like the singer guy from Gene, with a similar lilt and mad vibrato, not to mention the lyrics, which are definitely Morrissey or Gene-esque. I do like the bit where the music stops and he whispers "fuck me. Fuck me. Fuck me" and then screams it at the top of his lungs. It's beautiful. And just when you think you can peg The Poison Sisters as a straight indie rock band, they go drum + bass on "Insect Floor". I like it. There's not much d + b down here, certainly not enough for my liking, so I'll take what I can get. The songwriting is excellent, the playing is great and the production is good. Great stuff.

THE LIST (U.K.) - 'Tarantula Rising'

This long awaited debut comes from a band who have been filling The 13th Note since Bis were running about in short trousers. Sandy Black's voice is a disturbing mix of Nick Cave, Morrissey and Noel Coward, while the music sweeps from the slow-burning opener "76 Years", to the horror tales of "Up To The Wagon", with little time for contemplation in between. Definitely one to scare your grandchildren with.

THE EVENING TIMES (U.K.) - 'Tarantula Rising'

Glasgow band THE POISON SISTERS have just released their album Tarantula Rising and it features the first ever space dust solo in the history of music. You know, the crackly sweety that fizzes on your tongue and pops your ears. So, it is experimental stuff, loud, scarey, guitary but with sneaky jazz bits. Look out for them at The 13th Note because who knows what sweeties they might use on stage - curly wurlies and hard Glasgow rock.


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