Spider Nick & The Maddogs
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After a two –year hiatus, Spider Nick and The Maddogs are back and “very much alive”.
Their new work “Bone Dog” reveals what is best described as a ska/punk band of many shades and colors. “I Don’t Want To” opens the disc with a kick-down-the-door Iggy Pop drive. “Life Is Good” follows with something more on the side of ’80 new-wavers Madness. Later the band put on their blues shades of the Motown scented “Slowly Going Insane”. Nick croons about losing sanity and “loving every minute of it” while the sweet sound of brass provides some finger-snapping hooks.
The band is nothing if not seasoned and tight. The current lineup features Nick Martielli doing vocals and blowing tenor sax. Chuck Thurau plays bass and sings, while Sean Block plays drums. Matt O’Neil and Jay Hackett play guitars and provide backing voices. Completing the unit is James Fulfaro on alto and baritone sax, and on trombone is Chris Malone.
“Chinatown” is a hat-tip to the sound that made Van Morrison a favorite of those with a jones for white soul. This is perhaps the best crafted and most radio-friendly song in the bunch, and it is moments like these that prove that this record is not a reunion as much as it is a rebirth.
If there was any doubt that this band has soul, it is laid to rest in track ten when the guys spin their web around Sam Cooke’s classic “Change Is Gonna Come”. And though the arrangement is reworked, the feeling in the original is not lost in the translation.
Band info and merch can be found at www.SpiderNick.com

-Dan Brown
Good Times Magazine
ISSUE 883 / MARCH 9 - 22, 2004
- GOOD TIMES MAGAZINE


SPIDER NICK AND THE MADDOGS; Wild show, Great fun, Party band. Original tunes blend many styles including SHAG, ROCKABILLY, CALYPSO, PUNK,SWING,SKA SURF, ROCKSTEADY, DOO-WOP, & Old Time R & B, & SOUL Hard working & popular. Unique, widespread appeal. 50 song repertoire. All this describes Spider Nick and the Maddogs.

Spider Nick & The Maddogs are one of the best live, touring bands in America today – a seven-piece party and shag-dance band. Their original tunes cover a wide range of musical styles and are known as one of the hardest working and most popular bands having played over 700 shows on Long Island, NYC and the neighboring regions since their first show on St. Patrick’s Day, 1996. They have built a mailing list of over 5000 names. They have achieved widespread college and commercial radio airplay. The band is a professional operation with their own record label. Their first CD, Voyage to the Palace of Kali is 16 Addictive tunes with a subtle, dark vibe, a breezy, soulful mix of two-tone ska and surf-a-billy. Their second CD, FIREPIT is rock, reggae, surf, swing, calypso and ska arc-weilded to old school R&B with driving instrumentals. Their Newest CD, Bonedog is a stripped-down, in your face ode to classic punk with a taste of funk, a dash of rock and roll.

Campus Activities Magazine
May 2004
- CAMPUS ACTIVITIES MAGAZINE


Spider Nick and The Mad Dogs is a veteran Long Island-based ska punk act whose unique blend of ska, punk, r&b, and rock will leave you dancing in the aisles clamoring for more. Having been around for a long time now, the band's vast musical experience is well documented on Bone Dog. There's a little bit of something for everyone in this collection, from the smoky roadhouse blues of "Slowly Going Insane" to the upbeat ska of "Celebrate". Showcasing the band's versatility, this septet, which boasts three horns, two guitars, and a sturdy rhythm section, really clicks in together no matter which style the band decides to play in and wails with the kind of abandon you used to find in a rock band before the days of digital studios and Pro-tools touchups. The troupe also delve into some interesting covers, from a punk medley that echoes Sex Pistols, to a Sam Cooke tune, all the way to the Spiderman theme song done ska style, further exhibiting the band's love for music and interpretative skills. Bone Dog is a virtual 10-track party from start to finish, and if you dig bands like Devo, The Cars, Less Than Jake, George Thorogood, or any type of rock that makes you shake your ass, allow Spider Nick and The Mad Dogs the opportunity to whisk you away for a hearty shot of good time rock.
By: Mike SOS
Inmusicwetrust.com - in music we trust . com


Spider Nick & The Maddogs
Bone Dog

This Long Island based septet sprang from the Third Wave Ska scene in 1996,
and while they still show their roots (their ska adaptation of the Spiderman
theme, included here, has the earmarks of a genre classic), they've pushed
well beyond those borders, incorporating rock, surf, shag and soul styles
into a sound that has made them one of the premier dance and party bands of
their home region.

Bone Dog is their third full length release, and shows off a band at the
peak of the kind of power and cohesion that comes from playing an average of
100 shows a year since their inception. With all seven pieces going full
bore at an often furious pace, their experience as road warriors is put to
the test, and they never fail. All three saxophones, two guitars, drums and
bass hang together with impressive discipline, but a discipline that never
restrains the spirit of the music or the joy of the listener.

After running through the seven original tracks that open the album
(standouts include the topical opener, "I Don't Want To," and the mid-tempo
pop-rocker "Slowly Going Insane"), they turn in three covers that are as
impressive for the creativity of their choices as for the outstanding
quality of the performances. In addition to the already mentioned
"Spiderman," there's a punk medley built around Plastic Bertrand's 1977 hit,
"Ca Plane Pour Moi," and a soulful, if somewhat skankified, turn with Sam
Cooke's "Change Is Gonna Come."

Altogther, it's the kind of album that will turn a quiet night at home into a
party, and a party into a blast. Don't miss it.


- reviewyou.com


Discography

The Maddogs have recently released their third CD, “Bone Dog” (February 2004).
The band’s previous two recordings, “Voyage To The Palace of Kali” (1997) and “Firepit” (1999) have sold a combined 8,500 units to date.

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SPIDER NICK AND THE MADDOGS is an award winning powerhouse, ska, punk, skankin' party band from Long Island, New York. They have been on the scene since March 1996 and have played over 750 shows, not only on Long Island and in New York City, but also upstate and western New York, Montreal and Toronto, Vermont and New Jersey. They have received extensive press (CMJ, Newsday, Gig Magazine, Notorious Magazine, NY Daily News, etc.) and radio airplay locally, on college radio and around the world.