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Stompin' on Spiders / Press

“BAND: Stompin' On Spiders. ALBUM: Nothing To Declare. There is something very Australian in feel when you listen to this album and it comes of no surprise that some of the members of the band have spent some time over there, it's a sheer delight of a record and it just sounds excellent. Songs like "Brasshouse Lane" and "Night On The Tiles" all have warmth and texture, beautiful guitars and real blues movements carved all over. I'd listen to this record louder for sure if I was to drive into a armed police roadblock at over 80 mph. It's got plenty of balls and even fanny bits on this album. Order it today if you want a road-trip on your iPod! ”

Nick J Townsend - Ryan's Gig Guide - The Verdict

“Nothing To Declare - What's not to like! Some of the songs I was already very familiar. This made me think about the approach SoS go about constructing their songs. The songs are honed 'on the road' so to speak, so they are already really well constructed by the time the band get to record them in the studio. The highlights for me were the production warmth on "Long Bomb City Blues" and the use of 'found sounds' I always like, with the traffic noise giving it an organic feel. "Kuranda Brake" is clearly one of the top songs on the album with it's gentle rolling melody and lovely chiming guitars but the other stand-out track for me was "Brasshouse Lane", a great story and lyrics with a lovely sustain tone and subsequent guitar solo, that was my favourite section of all. Overall it feels like a "best of" album of the stuff Stompin' on Spiders have been performing for the last couple of years.”

Jim Lowe - Facebook

"A cool honest album you made there,good work!" - comment after "Nothing To Declare" was played on prime-time radio on 16th April by Nick Swainson

Nick Swainson - Radio Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

“Kuranda Brake by Stompin' On Spiders - one of the breeziest numbers I've heard this year from the duo Gazza Tee (aka The Abbot Of Unreason) and Noor Ali (newly reformed Highway 5 frontman) - I'd tag this number under Australiana as it's about a railway journey in Queensland - which is Gary's spiritual and musical home-from-home.”

"Kuranda Brake" by Stompin' on Spiders makes Number 5 in the top ten songs of 2011 compiled by Andy O'Hare of BBC Hereford & Worcester "Introducing...."

“Local music stories in the newspapers: Worcester News. Worcestershire bands dream of getting airplay on the county's radio stations, so one can only imagine the thrill when a number of them heard they had made it onto a radio station - in Australia, thanks to Stompin' on Spiders..... ”

“Bands dream of getting airplay on this country's radio stations so one can only imagine the thrill when a number of them heard they had made it onto a radio station in - Australia. Two shows dedicated to unsigned bands in the country were broacast on Radio Port Douglas, Queensland thanks to Stompin' on Spiders' Gazza Tee, who tookhe time to promote the Worcestershire artists while a visit to see his son, who now lives in the area. "Not Just Worcester Sauce" - which Gazza guest presented - introduced those more used to the Great Barrier Reef than the Malvern Hills to acts which included Becky Rose, Ronda, Sam Eden and of course Stompin' on Spiders. Radio Port Douglas presenter Roy Weavers said " They were brilliant shows and very well received by our audience, especially since the majority of the artists are unsigned and had self-recorded. Fortunately, Gazza knew a lot of background to them from the music circuit. We love breaking new sounds especially given the distance between us".”

"Stompin' on Spiders showed why they are two of the finest guitar merchants on the rounds with songs like "Night On The Tiles" and "Fade Away". And there is no getting away from the turbulent priest Gazza's alternative persona aka The Abbot of Unreason, as the duo rolled out "Never Tell A Woman" - no bad thing in my opinion...."

“A MALVERN blues duo is getting ready for a hectic few weeks. Gazza Tee and Noor Ali - aka Stompin' on Spiders - will not only appear on BBC Hereford and Worcester's "Introducing...." later tonight, but are also preparing to release another E.P. of self-penned music to coincide with their album "Follow My Thread" being available to download. More than 400 copies of the E.P. have been handed out at the band's gigs, making their way into the hands of radio stations as far away as North Queensland, Arizona and Canada. For more details visit stompinonspiders.co.uk”

“Never Tell A Woman – Stompin’ on Spiders: I like the little flourishes on a recording and the fake vinyl sound does it for me here, you feel like you’ve unearthed a treasured blues 78 and then you launch into a track that wouldn’t be out of place on Led Zep 3. Lovely chiming guitar sound throughout, now all I need is a Cadillac on the freeway and I’d be away. ”

Jim Lowe - Review of the Year

“Much of what we see around us today takes the best elements of traditional styles and blends them into something thoroughly modern, relevant and exciting. So it is with Stompin’ on Spiders, a “musical collective” from Malvern in Worcestershire that successfully combines the traditions of blues, rock and folk to produce their own very distinctive style and sound. In November 2010, Stompin’ on Spiders released their first CD, entitled Follow My Thread that is winning the band fans as far afield as Australia, America, Canada and Japan and gaining considerable critical acclaim from BBC Hereford & Worcester, Firebrand Radio and UKAwayFM, the local English radio station for Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Looking forward to 2011, Stompin’ on Spiders will be cementing their live reputation with more gigs and we look forward to a follow up album in the summer. You can find our more about what Stompin’ on Spiders are up to from their website www.stompinonspiders.co.uk ”

Tarquin Gotch - Same Old Blues

“Stompin' on Spiders are in the final of the "Battle of the Acoustics" hosted by The Railway Hotel in Evesham after fighting off some seriously talented competition in the semi-final stage. SoS will feature with the other four finalist including soloists Laura Thompson and Christina Maynard from Worcester at The Railway Hotel on Saturday 8th January 2011 from 20:30hrs for a sizeable cash prize. Fans and supporters of Stompin' on Spiders will be welcome.”

Stompin' on Spiders - Web News

“Free downloads from Stompin' on Spiders album "Follow My Thread" have been made exclusively available to fans of the band on ReverbNation. "My Time" and " Never Tell A Woman" can be downloaded for FREE! For details of how to become an SoS fan, visit Reverbnation and search for Stompin on Spiders.”

“NEW Stompin' on Spiders tracks will be available at the start of 2011. Two new tracks inspired by The Kuranda Scenic Railway (in Australia)and heavy industry in Birmingham's industrial heartland are set to be recorded in December for release in January 2011. Watch this space for more news...”

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