Spider – Raise The Banner (1986)

FrontCover1Spider were a British new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) band from Liverpool, England, that formed in 1976.

The band, who were often compared to Status Quo, offered an upbeat sound, which was described as boogie rock. Spider released three albums in the 10 years they were together, titled Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsies (1982) Rough Justice (1984) and Raise the Banner (For Rock ‘n’ Roll) (1986)

The band split in 1986.

Spider formed in 1976, consisted of four young men from Wallasey, including two brothers, none of whom had played in bands before.

After releasing “Children of the Street” on the Alien Record Label, Spider were playing, on average 20 dates a month, which included a support slot on the Uriah Heep 1980 Winter Tour.


1982 proved to be the band’s most lucrative year. It began in late 1981 when the band were contracted to record for BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show. The producer, Tony Wilson, introduced them to Maggi Farren, who set up a recording deal with Creole Records as well as getting the band a support slot on the 1981 Slade Winter Tour.

Spider released the single “Talkin’ ’bout Rock ‘n’ Roll” with Creole, which featured as part of BBC Radio 1’s play list. They then went into the studio to begin recording their first album Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsies, to be released on the Creole label also. However RCA, who had made a late bid for the band, and after negotiations, Spider signed a six-year recording contract with the record label.


1982 continued with Spider packing out the Marquee Club once a month. They supported Alice Cooper on the British leg of his Special Forces Tour. They played at the Reading Festival on Sunday 29 August 1982, as well as securing a support slot on the mammoth Gillan Tour in coincidence with the release of their first album.

Dave Bryce, guitarist, currently plays with London rock band AWOL. (wikipedia)


And here´s their third and last album.

Despite the fact that the group broke up as long ago as 1986, many rock fans of a certain age still hold cherished memories of Spider. One of Britain’s hardest working acts, they traversed the length and breadth of the nation, performing around two thousand concerts during a ten year period. From St Austell and Torquay in the West Country to the upper reaches of Scotland such as Kilmarnock, Dumfries, Fife and Elgin, as well as all the nation’s principle towns and cities, nowhere was safe from this eight legged boogie machine. (http://spider.replicant.dx.am)

If you are intested in this typical British Heavy Metal Rock from the Eighties … than you should listen … sometimes it sounds like Heavy Metal meets Status Quo ! … A nice addition to your music collection … listen to songs like “So Sorry”, “I’m Not The Only One”, “Bad Boys” (sounds like Thin Lizzy) or “Mind, Heart, Body ‘N’ Soul”.


Dave “Sniffa” Bryce (guitar, background vocals)
Brian Burrows (bass, background vocals)
Rob E. Burrows (drums)
Colin Harkness (vocals, guitar)

01. Raise The Banner (For Rock ‘N’ Roll) 0.44
02. Gimme Gimme It All (Extended Version) 3.43
03. I’m Not The Only One 4.00
04. Need To Know ‘Bout You 3.51
05. When You Hear That Song 3.52
06. Bad Boys 3.49
07. Mind, Heart, Body ‘N’ Soul 3.48
08. Rock Tonite 4.15
09. Games In The Park 4.13
10. So Sorry 5.09

All songs written by
Dave “Sniffa” Bryce – Brian Burrows – Rob E. Burrows – Colin Harkness
except 06:
written by Smilie – Duffy – Duffy -Earl



More from Spider:

Today Dave “Sniffa” Bryce plays in a cover band called “AWOL” songs from Stauts Quo, The Beatles, Thin Lizzy, Bryan Adams, Free and ZZ Top:

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