Spyder Monkey

Spyder Monkey

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Spyder Monkey is a funky rock band with flow, attitude and soulful female vocals. Our varied influences of soul, jazz progressive rock & rhythm & blues has created an intelligent platform of original sound.

Biography

Spyder Monkey is an eclectic fusion of music with influences from progressive rock, soul, funk, jazz, Reggae and American blues. With raw high energy, the Spyder Monkey family of souls is creating music that transcends a myriad of musical genres. They achieve the solitary goal of touching the hearts & minds of audiences̢۪ here and abroad.

Fronted by Susie Lofton, a uniquely gifted singer-songwriter & clever lyricist, who sings compelling tales of the human experience. Her stories relate the struggle of natural man in search of spiritual connection, while exposing the world's hypocrasies. Described as "a girl who can belt a strong blues sound to rock music.." Susie's powerful "sweet & soulful" voice is noted to be reminiscent of notarious female rockers PJ Harvey, Blondie & Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napalitano.

Past projects include mainstage performances at H.O.B. Chicago, H.O.B. Back Porch Stage, Midwest Tour, UK Tour & MECA Music Conference & Festival. Susie has also recorded at world renown Fantasy Studios in Berkley, California with 4 Non Blondes drummer Dawn Richardson.

Holding down the groove are the players: Machine gun drummer Mike Tooles, hot rod guitarist Phil Alley, and the pop slappin bass work of Jeff Blatherwick. The three-headed monster ferociously scale the wall of sound by integrating their diverse backgrounds, taking no prisoners. With their forces combined they have forged a new dangerous breed of music heard the world over!

Lyrics

Lulllaby

Written By: Lofton


Lookin out my window at the falling rain, dancing on my winddowpayne. Talk to me sweetly, speak it to me plain. You got me so enchanted, I'm in your spell again.
The thunder rolls & rumbles, but there's no need to complain. Just lay beside me and stay. I just want to drift away and sleep....

Lookin out my window, at the fallin rain, dancing on my window payne. You got me so destracted, like a moth to a flame. Oh to lose you papa, ohh it'd be a cryin shame. I'm tired of all the running, and working everyday. Lets push this busy world away. I just want to drift away and...sleep. In you your arms is where I wanna be. Come home, come home, come home come home...stay, stay, stay, stay, stay...right here with me, in this sea of dreams.

California Crazy

Written By: Susie Lofton & Spyder Monkey

Love life crazy -- Be my life my baby -- All the streets gone crazy -- In the night -- Love life baby -- California baby -- All the streets gone crazy -- Brighten up my nights -- -- You don't get pushed around -- I got my lover -- Now take him to the back seat -- Lover don't bring me down -- You get paid -- I get played -- I don't like -- I don't like -- This charade! -- -- On the sea streets -- That's where all the hearts beat -- Bleeding down to my feet -- Undertow -- Crash wave riders -- Green-room suiciders -- The Sampsons & Deliliahs -- Their covers are blown -- -- You don't get pushed around -- I got my lover -- Now take him to the back seat -- Lover don't bring me down -- You get paid -- I get played -- I don't like -- I don't like -- This charade! -- -- And You don't get pushed around -- I got my lover -- Now take him to the back seat -- Lover don't bring me down -- No! No! No! No! -- And You don't get pushed around -- I got my lover -- Now take him to the back seat -- Lover dont bring me down -- You get paid -- I get played -- I don't like -- I don't like -- I don't like -- I don't like -- This charade! --

Shallow Hal

Written By: Susie Lofton

You drive your car like you drive your women.
Hard. Spurratic. Past the limit.
Winding the motor out. The motor out. Winding the motor out.
And you come accross like youre so damn timid.
Slow. Inane. Not even with it.
Running your mouth about. Your mouth about. Running your mouth about.

Well, you can keep your shallow Hals. You know the ones you call your pals. And you can fake supreme, like a cold machine, and sit with all your shallow gals.
-repeat-

You take the love, but don't know to give it.
Mad. Angry. When your in it.
Throwing your fists about. Your fists about. Throwing your fists about.
And uh, you flash your money like a fool for hire.
So. Impressive. Where's the fire?
I'm gonna put it out. Yeah, put it out. I'm gonna put it out.

Well you can keep your shallow Hals. You know the ones you call your pals. And you can fake supreme, like a cold machine, and sit with all your shallow gals.

Discography

Spyder Monkey CRC Sessions

Set List

Turn The Knife
Lemon Drop
Critical
California Crazy
Fool 4 U
Shallow Hal
Spidermonkey
ZuZu
Grip This
Lullabye

Our sets are typically 55 minutes long.

Our covers consist of a revolving array of selections including...
Wanton Song (Led Zepelin)
Little Conversations (Concrete Blonde)
Island (Heather Nova)
My Own Two Hands (Ben Harper)
Revolution (Bellrays)
Mystery Achievment (Pretenders)
Sleep (Pretenders)
Breakdown (Tom Petty)
Carnival (Natalie Merchant)
Combat Baby (Metric)
Fell On Black Days (Soundgarden)
Driven To Tears (The Police)
Black Steel (Tricky)