Big Stir Records is proud partners with SPYDERPOP RECORDS, the legendary Arlington, Texas-based label dedicated to the broad spectrum of rock and roll that includes alt-rock, power pop, glam rock and melodic punk, and committed to enhancing and furthering the appreciation of all those genres. A textbook model of how to do musical community right, and rightly renowned for their spectacular presentation of vinyl and CD releases, SPYDERPOP is the label that BSR wanted to be when we grew up, with Texas heat to match our California cool. We love them.
SPYDERPOP is deeply rooted in the Texas guitar-pop scene spearheaded by the legendary '70/'80s power pop band THE PENGWINS. Indeed, former Pengwins guitarist ALAN PETSCHE created the label (initially under the name Aaron Avenue Records) as a vehicle for the solo work of bandmate LANNIE FLOWERS. Flowers remains the label's marquee star, with his 2019 album Home counting as one of the best-reviewed albums of the year, but the band's legacy can also be seen in the surprise emergence of their drummer, DANNY WILKERSON, as a solo star in 2018 with his album Wilkerson, and a superb ongoing series of deluxe 7” vinyl re-releases of Pengwins material.
The SpyderPop world reaches beyond the borders of the Lone Star State as well: they've released a pair of acclaimed albums each from Nashville's cross-genre legend BILL LLOYD and North Carolina's brilliant musical chameleon CHRIS CHURCH. What ties it all together? Hook Revolutions, as the label's logo proclaims: melody, songcraft and passion above all. Oh, and what's a “spyder?” The answer comes from VICTOR ERWIN, the fearless leader of the label and a key player in SpyderPop's glam-punk heroes THE RE-USED ELECTRICS: “It's the little thingy you put in a 7? 45 RPM single to convert the big hole to one you can use on a turntable with a standard spindle.” Revolutionary indeed. SPYDERPOP RECORDS: long may they spin!