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The Spider Ferns

Seattle, WA | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Seattle, WA
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: The Spider Ferns"

Seattle duo The Spider Ferns don’t make music, they create worlds. Each of their songs is like a new landscape. You may have heard the sounds before — drums that seem to echo into infinity, bass lines that throb and pulse like they have lives of their own, electronic sounds that shimmer like a creek in the moonlight — but you’ve never heard them combined like this before. To be honest, the result is slightly unsettling, like walking in on someone else’s dream (or nightmare). Therefore, the fifteen feet of concrete flooring that stretches between Spider Ferns frontwoman Kelly Fleek, poised in black boots at the lip of the KEXP Gathering Space stage, and the crowd who came out at 3 PM on the first day of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival to bear witness to some extraordinarily unique local talent is entirely understandable. Perhaps it’s even better this way. With this gap between onlooker and performer, there’s plenty of room for a pair of dancers, friends of the band recruited for the show, to act as ambassadors to Spider Ferns’ otherworldly sounds. The dancers, dressed in black and silver, with striking turquoise makeup, do an incredible job of giving physical form to the music. When Kelly sings of losing her soul, both become suddenly limp, bending at the waist and dropping their heads to the floor, as if something truly vital has been sucked out of them.

Behind the dancers, John Theroux (of the CTPAK film crew) uses twin projectors to shoot psychedelic images on top of textiles sewn by Kelly, who prowls the stage with mesmerizing charisma, either playing bass, drums, or simply singing. To Kelly’s right, her husband Alton mans the guitar and laptop, peeling sharp notes, summoning soft chords, and generally running everything through an array of laptop filters. While grounding the Spider Ferns’ sound in earthly comparisons proves difficult (and perhaps less-than-useful), if you need a word to explain the band to your friends, trip hop or avant garde electronic may be the best genre tags available. The set’s last tracks, which Kelly announces are from a forthcoming album due out by winter at the latest, suggest Spider Ferns may soon opt for a more direct approach, however. “Halo,” complete with a pounding four-on-the-floor beat, bumps like Jagwar Ma. Whichever way Spider Ferns end up taking their creations, you’d be wise to follow. Just don’t expect anything familiar.
—Gabe Pollak, KEXP 90.3FM/KEXP.org - KEXP.org


"Bumbershoot 2017: Part One"

Seattle mainstay The Spider Ferns kicked things off on the KEXP stage in style. With live psychedelic visuals by CTPAK Film Crew’s John Theroux and two interpretive dancers, their set offered a preview of their forthcoming album “Blossom”. Already known for their fever dreamy, down-tempo electro grooves, their new songs expand that territory and mine new domains of sonic interest. More guitar-driven than their previous releases with occasional baroque electronic flourishes, The Spider Ferns commanded the stage and the collective imagination of their audience effortlessly.
—Visible Voice - Visible Voice


"Bumbershoot 2017 Day 1: Excuse me sir, tell me MORE about your keyboard please!"

It’s always tough to be one of the first acts at a festival, but The Spider Ferns brought it early, slowly warming up the crowd like a frog on a hotplate. Kelly Fleek’s reverb drenched, lilting vocal melodies brought visions of Kate Bush or Cocteau Twins to my mind, backed by electronic beats and all the doom filled parts of The Cure’s Disintegration. Check out their song “In the Silence,” and you’ll see what I mean. With handmade stage lanterns, projections, and a duo of dancers writhing across the floor, I only wished the sun could be just a bit lower in the sky to set the mood properly.
—Brady Harvey, Three Imaginary Girls - Three Imaginary Girls


"Bumbershoot Day 1 Recap"

"Bumbershoot has always included local artists in its lineup, and this year was no exception. There was no shortage of PNW bands on various stages throughout the entire weekend. This is one aspect of Bumbershoot that locals enjoy, and will hopefully be a continued practice for years to come. For example, the local dream rock outfit known as The Spider Ferns were one of the first bands to perform for the day and launched the first performance of the weekend in KEXP’s tucked away stage."
—Kriston McConnel, Seattle Music Insider - Seattle Music Insider


"The Top 15 Music Acts to Check Out at Bumbershoot on Friday, September 1, 2017"

The Spider Ferns
Bow, Washington duo the Spider Ferns (multi-instrumentalists Kelly and Alton Fleek) create sleek, ultra-modern pop with extremely punchy and bulbous drum-machine programming. Kelly’s alluring vocals curl around angular, down-tempo, funky tunes that are accessible without resorting to sugary pandering. The Spider Ferns claim to “make music late at night in a converted barn at the base of a small mountain,” but the sounds they deftly craft scan as urban and are constructed with spare elegance. DAVE SEGAL
(KEXP, 3-3:40 pm) - The Stranger


"Official Bumbershoot 2017Spotify Playlist"

The Spider Ferns track "Distant Meadows" from the 2014 album "Soon Enough" chosen for the Bumbershoot 2017 official Spotify playlist. - Bumbershoot.com


"Bumbershoot’s lineup a hit with younger fans"

"To Bumbershoot’s credit, though, there did seem to be a deliberate attempt to preserve spaces for local art and promote diversity. On Friday and Saturday, the KEXP Stage featured local groups like ambient rock band Spider Ferns, the surf-grunge of Acapulco Lips and the local pared-down Americana group, The Maldives, while parents and their kids danced in front of the stage. At the StubHub Comedy Stage on both days, local comics Brent Flyberg and Bo Johnson opened for national acts Todd Barry and Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock."
—Alexa Peters, The Seattle Times - The Seattle Times


"Preview: BUMBERSHOOT!! 2017!! – Fri., 9/1"

Seattle-based duo the Spider Ferns perform their unusual music with sweet – and sometimes sinister – vocals from Kelly Fleek.
—Dagamar, Backbeat Seattle - Backbeat Seattle


"Bumbershoot Friday — (was warm and easy if a bit light)"

The Spider Ferns are featured in images with lovely captions and a mention in the main article. - West Side Seattle


"All the local music at Bumbershoot 2017"

?Other local artists performing include Tacocat, Red Fang, Joseph, Cataldo, Dude York, Smokey Brights, The Maldives, Moon Duo, Saint Claire, Acapulco Lips, Porter Ray, Ruler, The Dip, J GRGRY, Crater, The Spider Ferns and more.

I wouldn't be surprised if this list grows the closer we get to Labor Day.

You can pretty much count on an all Bumbershoot night on Locals Only later in the Summer. But for now, here is a playlist of all our favorite local stuff on the lineup this year."
—Steven Graham, 107.7FM, The End

**The End Spotify Playlist includes The Spider Ferns track "In Violet Bloom" from the 2016 EP 'Safety' - 107.7 The End


"The Dangerous Truth Awaiting Artists Who Rely On The ACA"

Kelly Fleek, multi-media artist, bassist of The Spider Ferns:

“Prior to the creation of the ACA, my husband and I, both multi-media artists, small business owners and members of the Seattle-based downtempo electronic rock duo, The Spider Ferns were without health care insurance for 20 years. I fractured my spine in three places, was partially paralyzed for 6 months from the waist down and came within a fraction of an inch of losing my ability to walk again. I spent nearly two years unable to stand to play the bass on stage. The ACA provided me the stability to use important diagnostic tools such as MRI’s followed by years of physical therapy that I would never have been able to afford otherwise. Because the ACA allowed for pre-existing conditions, I was able to secure insurance even though I’d been injured a few months before it passed.

Before the ACA, we’d only been able to cover our children… far more important to us than ourselves of course, but we often worried about what would happen to us without insurance should a catastrophic event befall us, and then it did… I never would have recovered so well without access to quality care. Today, though I still have chronic pain, I can stand on stage, dance and entertain my audience and I am still full of gratitude for that. We are deeply troubled that Congress wants to destroy such an important piece of comfort and stability for much of the country and we worry even more about those that have even fewer financial resources than ourselves. Medical bills are one of the number one causes of people succumbing to homelessness and that is a great tragedy.”

Interview of The Spider Ferns' Kelly Fleek by Donovan Farley of Paste Magazine - Paste Magazine


"Le Beat: May 2017"

Lots of cool things going on with The Spider Ferns. First, they’re playing both Upstream and Bumbershoot, which is, you know, awesome. They’re also working on a new record, plan on releasing a couple videos and singles this summer and will be hitting the West Coast in the fall. That’s how it’s done.
—Brent Cole, Editor/Founder at What's Up Magazine - What's Up Magazine


"Le Beat: August 2017"

The Spider Ferns, the husband and wife duo of Kelly and Alton Fleek, began recording their next release. If you get a chance, follow Kelly on Facebook because, nearest I can tell, she makes a lot of cakes and they look delicious. The band is also epically good, and that’s wonderful, but I’m also hungry and wish I could have one of her cakes. They’re wonderful people.
—Brent Cole, Editor/Founder at What's Up Magazine - What's Up Magazine


"Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 Day Three: Review and Photos"

"Clams Casino’s atmospheric beats got feet moving in the street while The Spider Ferns grooved out with beautiful art installation lights in Neumos."
—Victoria Holt, Paste Magazine - Paste Magazine


"June 2017 Pin-Up: The Spider Ferns"

Interview Questions available beneath image in spotlight article by Editor Brent Cole. - What's Up Magazine


"KXSU’S MUST-SEE’S AT UPSTREAM MUSIC FEST 2017"

Thunderpussy, Iska Dhaaf, The Grizzled Mighty, The Spider Ferns, Tangerine, etc. This lineup is refreshing my stunning memories of 2016’s Capitol Hill Block Party. All the creative souls in Seattle will gather in Pioneer Square, covering everything from indie rock to hip-hop; from electronic to punk; from jazz to metal. The Upstream Music Festival is really going to display the highest level of musical diversity and power that we have in the city.
-Melvin Yuen (Because he couldn’t decide on one, either!) - KXSU Seattle


"Video Premiere: "Worlds Will Fall" by The Spider Ferns"

22 March 2017
by Big Takeover Exclusives

The Seattle-based duo The Spider Ferns creates silky, narcotic, downtempo electronic pop/rock that is anchored in vocalist/bassist Kelly Fleek’s seductive siren song and Alton Fleek’s lushly shimmering guitar. The pair’s dark, sophisticated sound combines a slick, trip-hop nostalgia with a dreamy Northwest haze.

The Spider Ferns have been described as “…if Portishead lived deep in the forests of Washington State.” by Decoder Magazine and referred to as “…One of the most mesmerizing duos in the history of Seattle rock.” by NadaMucho.

“Worlds Will Fall” is a beautiful parable for the modern age, set to the dreamy, cinematic track from The Spider Ferns’ EP Safety. The video recalls ancient Greek theater and Shakespeare to illustrate themes revolving around basic human emotions: love, envy, anger, and their relation to larger issues of acceptance of same-sex love, the societal backlash against feminism in all it’s forms, and the acceptance of otherness.

Alton says of the video, “We originally wrote “Worlds Will Fall” as an apocalyptic tune for a Twin Peaks music and art festival we were invited to play. When it came to creating the video, our current political climate shifted dramatically and several people in our local LGBTQ community were experiencing increased incidents of aggression in all facets of their lives. We decided to address the issue in the story of our video.

He continues, “Kelly is a textile artist and she created our costuming, including that amazing mask. I created the metal staff she carries to awaken our lovers. We employed beautiful friends of ours that are dancers, that at the time were a couple and their connection fully embodied the love and affection we sought to capture.”

Alton concludes, “The video really had a life of its own and it became a wonderful collaboration between us, our dancers and camera crew, with the story evolving as we filmed. Just days after filming, one of our camera crew married the woman of her dreams at our home. It was all a bit magical, really. “Worlds Will Fall” is such a slinky, dreamy, cinematic song, we loved revisiting the lyrics as inspiration for a triumphant love story.”

The Spider Ferns will perform the track live during their video release party Friday, March 24 at the High Dive Seattle. The pair are set to perform for Upstream Music Fest + Summit in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood May 11-13, 2017. - The Big Takeover


"The Spider Ferns in Europe"

Article detailing our month long tour of Europe through the U.K., France, Germany, Belgium.

Article includes images and short videos. - What's Up Magazine


"Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 Day Three: Review and Photos"

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 Day Three: Review and Photos
As the third and final day of the Capitol Hill Block Party dawned, attendees broke out their festival wear for the 80-degree weather. Maiah Manser’s impressive vocal skills opened the Main Stage, while ‘70s heavyweight champs Stallion brought the heat at Cha Cha. Clams Casino’s atmospheric beats got feet moving in the street while The Spider Ferns grooved out with beautiful art installation lights in Neumos. Phoebe Ryan was gifted a flower from side stage by the instantly recognizable local rose peddler. Portland party synth boys STRFKR inundated the crowd with a sea of green dinosaur floaties, while two astronauts (and Champagne Champagne’s Pearl Dragon) rode pink flamingos into the sunset. The Cave Singers soothed audiences at the Vera Stage, while Chvrches brought the house down for the headlining set of 2016. Another year had come and gone.

Check out the gallery of our photos from the final day as well as the day’s highlights below. - Paste Magazine


"Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 3: The Spider Ferns, Laura Gibson, CHVRCHES"

By JACOB WEBB | Published: JULY 26, 2016

The Spider Ferns:

If Saturday at the Capitol Hill Block Party was defined by the mountain of local talent that filled the Cha Cha, Sunday could have been most notable for the amount of electronic music that occupied Neumos, including Seattle’s The Spider Ferns, whose blend of jittery and ghost-like elements proved to be an excellent antidote to the seemingly-blazing summer sun that occupied much of Sunday. Singer Kelly Fleek was at once enigmatic and bold in her performance, her voice full of volume but her lyrics never quite explaining the evocative scenes she and the band’s electronics painted. A sharp, downtempo contrast to both the big tent EDM that dominated much of the adjacent main stage throughout the weekend and the blistering, sarcasm-damaged punk that seemed to define the festival’s local presence at points, The Spider Ferns’ silvery swirl stood out on a day – and to be fair, weekend – where electronic music reigned king. - KEXP.org


"Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3: Meat Off The Bone"

Over at Neumos, The Spider Ferns showcased growth in the percussion department as vocalist Kelly Fleek skillfully utilized a drum pad. The result was added dimension to their music in a good way. As always, the duo’s set was complemented by Fleek’s art installations and trippy visual projections on a screen. - Seattle Music Insider


"Preview: Capitol Hill Block Party – Day 3, Sun. 7/24"

One of two acts I recommend you catch at the Red Bull Sound Stage is Seattle’s the Spider Ferns. Duo Kelly Fleek and Alton Fleek are badass electronic musicians. Kelly Fleek is another local vocalist I love. Her voice, high and sweet, catches all the right spots in the band’s songs. I encourage you to see their set.
—Marz, Backbeat Seattle - Backbeat Seattle


"Video Premier: The Spider Ferns 'In Violet Bloom'"

The Spider Ferns are a husband-and-wife electronic pop duo who make their home in a converted barn in the woods of Skagit County, some 80 miles north of Seattle. On the surface, their music combines a slick, trip-hop nostalgia with a dreamy Northwest haze; sort of like if Portishead lived deep in the forests of Washington State.

Vocalist/bassist Kelly Fleek’s lithe, crystalline soprano is often described as ‘sensual’ or ‘seductive.’ Can this journalistic trope be avoided? There is a sensuality here, to be sure, but to characterize Fleek’s tone as merely alluring is to miss the layers of unquiet knowing behind the captivating mask of pleasantness.

“In violet bloom of spring and tide / A resistance grows along,” she sings. “A distance measured in heavy footfalls / Crowning business, building walls / We have lingered too long.” As a Seattleite, I am tempted to interpret these lyrics as an indictment of our collective complacency toward the encroaching socio-economic conditions which are increasingly squeezing marginalized people out of the city. But in the second verse, the image turns, and instead of building walls we are breaking them. Is this a nod to the Northwest’s graying anarcho-punk streak, which can often be found smashing windows in lieu of activism? Or is it a call to the wilderness of an ancient future, where persistent blossoms have the power to burst through concrete?

With a band like The Spider Ferns, I’m confident that the answer is all of the above, and then some. In addition to being a prolific visual artist and musician, Fleek is the mother of two grown children with husband/guitarist/beat-programmer Alton. This matriarchal perspective contextualizes her songwriting within a long, invested view of social history, family dynamics, and notions of growth and legacy. Below the surface of this inviting, meticulously structured pop song lies a living system; all complexity with no end or beginning.

To create the visual component, the Fleeks enlisted John Theroux of CTPAK Records and CTPAK Film Crew, an adept digital painter who frequently provides visuals for the duo’s live shows. Theroux’s gently shifting palette settles on a leafy purple forest, hypnotizing us into a feeling of safety and comfort, but that’s not where it ends.

“Resistance calls,” Fleek sings, opening her eyes and closing the song.

Emily Pothast -Decoder Magazine - Decoder Magazine


"NEW MUSIC VIDEO: The Spider Ferns – “In Violet Bloom”"

Local duo The Spider Ferns enlisted John Theroux of CTPAK Film Crew and merged their creative talents to produce an absolutely mesmerizing video accompaniment for their song “In Violet Bloom”, the first official video from the duo’s 2016 EP, Safety.

Lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Fleek says of the track, “In Violet Bloom is a war cry, disguised as a lulliby for our current human condition. We reached out to John because he is a brilliant VJ that is frequently part of our live shows… he understands the deeper message of the track and we knew he would create beautifully flowing abstractions that would perfectly express our desire to use meditative imagery, allowing the viewer space to absorb and process lyrical meaning: inviting the viewer/listener rather than forcing our message. This song is a profoundly relevant, beautiful call to action with an emphasis on compassion and the power of individual voices to exact change. We wanted an affecting, powerful, yet gentle space for the song to reside.”

Interview via Sean DeTore, MyNorthwest.com/KIRO/The Mixtape - My Northwest/ The Mix Tape —KIRO


"Resistance Calls: The Spider Ferns Release New Video"

The Spider Ferns: husband/wife duo, purveyors of dark, fever-dreamy grooves and noted forest dwellers, have been steadily mining new sonic terrain since their inception.

Starting in 2013 with a folk-by-way-of-trip-hop vibe, the ‘Ferns greatly raised their downtempo game on Soon Enough, their debut full-length, in 2015. Tethered to an omnipresent electronic pulse, Kelly Fleek’s shimmering soprano weaves between the beats with artful precision.

Their follow-up EP, Safety, released in January, further refines that approach. “In Violet Bloom (feat. Audiosapien),” a standout track from the EP and the subject of a recently-released video, rings through as both despondent and defiant.

“Beneath the waves of fear and doubt, many voices fall”, Fleek sings before solemnly asserting that “resistance calls.” To me, it is a recognition that injustice against one weakens us all.

Sonically, the track features an aggressive bass groove and beat contrasted against a light Rhodes keyboard as Alton Fleek’s guitar fills in the gaps between verses with tastefully minimal melodies. The chord changes are also minimal. The band rides the groove and lets the synth-y strings add dynamic tension, giving Kelly Fleek’s vocals a free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness quality. At four minutes, The Spider Ferns bring the song to a close without it getting over repetitious.

Directed by John Theroux of CTPAK Film Crew, the video blends strong visual psychedelia with a commanding shot of Kelly Fleek singing directly to the viewer “We have lingered too long.”

“In Violet Bloom” leaves a lasting visual and auditory impression, greatly enhanced by repeat viewings.
—Patrick Galactic, Nadamucho - Nadamucho


"The Spider Ferns Outdo Their Trip-Hop Past with "SAFETY" EP"

Start with a trippy base of electronic swirls, dark chord progressions and toss the dreamy, alt-pop vocals of Kelly Fleek on top of it, and you get the interplanetary sounds of The Spider Ferns. They’re already known for their out-of-this-world sound, and their new release SAFETY solidifies them as a force to be reckoned with in the musical landscape.

I enjoyed several of the tracks off of their 2015 release, and was curious to see what they would do with this EP. Many times, a band will test the waters of changing their sound by following up a full-length recording with a drastically different-sounding EP. It’s always refreshing to hear a band that has not only found their sound and style, but owns that sound and dives in to create music that increases in quality with subsequent releases. SAFETY is no exception.

It opens with the dark and moody “Stronger Still.” Kelly’s vocals float above the track like an object floating through space. The EP then moves into the dreamlike “Safety.” It picks up with a deep electronic rock groove with “In the Silence.” There’s a bit of surf that floats into “Worlds Will Fall,” which further emphasizes the dreamlike state that The Spider Ferns are intent on lulling you into. Audiosapian makes an appearance on the final track, “In Violet Bloom.” The bass groove on this final track is so succulent and tasty.

This is a solid EP. Between the atmospheric sounds, the etherial vocals of Kelly, and the tasty bass groove on the last track, you will not be disappointed.

Rebekah Ann Curtis -Northewest Music Scene - Northwest Music Scene


"Bowie Cover Night Turns Neumo's Into Suffragette City"

To make what a long story short(ish), and to place it squarely in the same misty-eyed past tense where David Bowie’s physical form now resides: Bowie Cover Night last Thursday enabled seven great local acts to each use David Bowie’s music as their own creative mirror. And what each of them reflected back made everyone in that capacity crowd feel alien-beautiful....

The Spider Ferns:
Speaking of magical, The Spider Ferns’ four sinewy cover songs more than earned that hoary cliche of an adjective. The duo opened with a narcotic trip-hop variation on “Let’s Dance” before winding through equally beguiling versions of “Lazarus,” “John, I’m Only Dancing,” and “Wild is the Wind.” Kelly Fleek’s siren-song of a voice suggested Siouxsie Sioux fronting Portishead, a connection that Alton Fleek’s lushly-textural guitars definitively brought home. It’s heresy to suggest that any of the night’s covers bested the originals, but the Ferns’ mesmerizing work came pretty damned close.

Tony Kay -The Sun Break - The Sun Break


"EP Review: The Spider Ferns: "Safety""

The Spider Ferns new EP Safety unfolds seductively in your mind, laying down layer after layer of resonate musical reference, from trance to surf, jazz to dreampop - music simultaneously bright and shining new and yet as ancient as a fireside dream lullaby. The marriage of music between Kelly and Alton Fleek as The Spider Ferns has created a series of epiphanic sonic landscapes filled with poetic fragments and evocative musical atmospheres. The first track, Stronger Still, sets out with Alton’s fused-out tribal rhythms, icy guitar riffs, and Kelly’s voice like that of deep memory, reverberated and reminding: “When you turn the key.” The next track, Safety, has an elegant clock-like complexity, jazz-inflected guitar over a series of vocal questions that answer themselves in the beauty of Kelly’s asking. The hypnotic and seductive, Worlds Without Fail, with it’s Bauhaus meets Angelo Badalamenti echoes, an opium dream of a surf guitar, is one of the strongest tracks on the EP - entrancing as a ghost. The final track, In Violet Bloom (featuring Audiosapian), has intricate rhythms alchemized with sparse musical phrases and luminous vocals. The five songs on this EP are all beauties, as solid and multi-faceted as diamonds. The Spider Ferns music is music you fall into like a dream, where time and your presence dissolve into a transcendent beauty.

http://www.thespiderferns.com/

Scot Casey -What's Up Magazine, Bellingham Reviews and Ruminations

This review original appeared in What's Up! Magazine - Bellingham Reviews and Ruminations


"EP REVIEW: THE SPIDER FERNS – SAFETY"

The Spider Ferns
EP Review: Safety

Safety EP by The Spider Ferns:
There’s a lot of love in my ears right now. On the heels of their 25th wedding anniversary, local duo Alton and Kelly Fleek of The Spider Ferns are releasing Safety, a five-song EP follow up to 2015’s full length Soon Enough. Having seen the band live several times, their undeniable musical chemistry reads clearly on record, via haunting layers of electronic beats, live strings and Kelly’s sensual, eerie vocals. The duo has once again created a passionate set of down-tempo, experimental magic with an undeniable groove.

Title track “Safety” will take you on a jazz-club vibe one minute and a space-rock trip the next, in typical Spider Fern fashion, frustrating categorization and focusing on the organic needs of the instrumentation. There are swerving guitars, deep bass, expanding atmospheres here that create a sense of other-worldly rhythm. It’s a rhythm fit for both lying on the ground beneath a blanket of stars, in touch with the earth, and dancing, eyes closed in a dark club.

The spot-on details of each track are accompanied by a lyrical focus on human fragility. And in the face of, well, everything, the opening refrain, “And when the world falls off your shoulders, you will grow more sublime” from “Worlds Will Fall” is a perfectly balanced reminder of the human condition.

Catch these five carefully-edited, trip-rocking tracks along with a sweet-as-ever showing when The Spider Ferns celebrate the EP release – along with Erik Blood, Midday Veil and DJ Explorateur – Thursday, January 28th at Chop Suey.

$7 ADV / $10 DOS / Doors 8PM / 21+
Tickets Here

Safety Track Listing:
Stronger Still
Safety
In The Silence
Worlds Will Fall
In Violet Bloom [Featuring Audiosapian]

Review by Stephanie Dore - Seattle Music News


"100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 77: The Spider Ferns"

Back in January of 2016 we reviewed the EP called Safety from The Spider Ferns, who are a band that is really carving out a nice spot for themselves in the northwest music universe. One of our favorite tracks from that EP is “In Violet Bloom” (you can watch the video for that song below) which back in January 2016, we commended for its strong, undeniable bass groove, and welcome guest appearance from Audiosapian.

“In Violet Bloom” was released in January 2016 to a positive reception from local music aficionados. In our own review of the Safety EP we also said:

It opens with the dark and moody “Stronger Still.” Kelly’s vocals float above the track like an object floating through space. The EP then moves into the dreamlike “Safety.” It picks up with a deep electronic rock groove with “In the Silence.” There’s a bit of surf that floats into “Worlds Will Fall,” which further emphasizes the dreamlike state that The Spider Ferns are intent on lulling you into. Audiosapian makes an appearance on the final track, “In Violet Bloom.” The bass groove on this final track is so succulent and tasty.

This is a solid EP. Between the atmospheric sounds, the ethereal vocals of Kelly, and the tasty bass groove on the last track, you will not be disappointed.

The music video for “In Violet Bloom” has a similar vibe to a lot of older, hazy, psychedelic music videos, where there isn’t any sort of grandiose vision or distracting plot-line or anything. It’s just a series of trippy, sometimes hard to decipher imagery, often superimposed and layered onto each other, with shots of the band interlaced here and there. Lead vocalist Kelly Fleek is the most prevalent figure in the video, shown lip-syncing along to the song, mixed into various visually-busy scenes. It’s an interesting set of visuals to accompany one of the best and most memorable tracks off the Safety EP.

We are pretty big fans of this band around here and their progression has been a joy to observe.

You can also catch The Spider Ferns live tonight at Freakout Festival 2016 at Bar Sue. Get more info HERE.

(You can check out The Spider Ferns on Facebook and you can listen to them at Bandcamp and/or watch “In Violet Bloom” below)
—Northwest Music Scene - Northwest Music Scene


"The Spider Fern's "Safety" and Garbeau's "Little Laughter""

The early part of 2016 brings new EPs from two Seattle-area bands worth checking out: the Spider Ferns and Garbeau. Last year, the Spider Ferns released their well-received debut LP, Soon Enough, a slinky, sometimes icy collection of electronic pop meditations. Their new EP, Safety, is very much in the same vein, with songs built around downtempo beats propping up effects-laden electric guitar and Kelly Fleek’s prominent vocals. “Stronger Still” opens with an iconic 80’s brass synth pad, a drum loop and intermittent laser-sounding synth bursts before Fleek’s dramatic vocals slowly enter the scene. The song stalks around for over six minutes, passing through percussive breakdowns, a Kate Bush-like chorus and gobs of guitar played through a phase pedal without fundamentally changing gears or building to any real crescendo. “Safety” and “Words Will Fail” have similar arcs, creeping tendrils of sounds spread rather than gallop, acting more like set pieces than traditional songs. “In the Silence” is more dynamic, with sharp contrast between the quieter, brooding sections and more agitated builds. Even so, it’s difficult to feel out a firm chorus, verse or bridge in the song, the edges of each section are smoothed over by atmosphere. Closer “In Violet Bloom” is the most stylistically diverse song on the EP, mainly because it revolves around a big, meaty drum beat that dominates the track but Fleek’s slinky vocals and a host of vintage digital synth sounds still play a part. There’s a kind of Casio noir feel to the Spider Ferns, a deliberately dark vibe quietly seething with obviously artificial, yet familiar, tones....

The Spider Ferns have their EP release show at Chop Suey on Thursday, January 28th. Garbeau have their EP release show at Barboza on Monday, February 1st.

Jon Rooney -The Monarch Review, Abandoned Love Records - The Monarch Review


"Pillar Point, Navvi, The Spider Ferns, Zoolab x Kingsnake"

Get ready for some Dark. Indie. Dream. Pop. Y’all. Pillar Point are running around with Marble Mouth, the band’s second from Polyvinyl. Scott Reitherman (former frontman of Throw Me the Statue) recorded the album in Athens, Georgia, under the influence of Kevin Barnes (of Montreal mastermind). You can tell. It’s darker and sweatier than their self-titled debut, and Reitherman has traded his signature smoky-casual falsetto for an array of deeper throwback tones. Instead of being indie-lonesome about lost love and gray days, he’s dance-party-lonesome about lost love and gray days. It’s great. NAVVI are like sleepy Rhye, the Spider Ferns are probably tired of comparisons to Portishead, and Zoolab will bring the morphed Top 40 pop.
RICH SMITH -The Stranger - The Stranger


"The Mix Tape Chats with The Spider Ferns"

THE MIXTAPE
the mixtape chats with The Spider Ferns
Originally aired: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Category: Entertainment
Side A: The Spider Ferns hang at Sean's apartment to chat and cook dinner. Side B: Music from The Spider Ferns: "Stronger Still", "Safety", "In The Silence", "Words Will Fall" ***ART: Kelly Fleek***

This is a Podcast on KIRO RADIO with Sean DeTore where local electronic pop duo The Spider Ferns cook dinner for Sean and feed him homemade cake. - KIRO Radio


"INTERVIEW + NEW MUSIC: The Spider Ferns"

Seattle electronic trip-rock band The Spider Ferns return from the darkest, most hypnotic part of space with a brand new EP, Safety. It’s the duo’s first release since their impressive 2015 debut, Soon Enough.

From Press Release: “The four tracks on Safety add live drums, strings and layers of beats to the band’s rich sonic palette, pushing their sound footprint further while still maintaining a minimalist expression.”

Pick up Safety this Friday, January 29th, via the band’s BandCamp page and at Seattle area record stores, AND see The Spider Ferns this Thursday, January 28th, for the album release show at Chop Suey with support from Midday Veil, Erik Blood and DJ Explorateur.

I had the chance to chat with The Spider Ferns all about the brand new EP and the very personal, deep meaning behind the first single, “Stronger Still”.

the mixtape: What are you doing right now besides answering this question?

Kelly: Eating leftover pizza in bed and reading reviews of our new EP while snuggling with our dogs. It’s 1pm btw.

tm: Your EP, Safety, will be the first release since your 2015 debut LP, Soon Enough. How do you feel you’ve been growing and progressing as a band over the last year?

Alton: Being musicians is a strange, endless journey. We’re always pushing the boundaries, finding new things to explore and learn. In the past year our music has reached a new level both in terms of how we create our sounds and how we record.

Kelly: I’ve become more involved in producing with Alton. It was an incredible amount to learn and brought us closer together during the recording process. I got deeper into my vocals and was able to be more free in my expression. I wanted the emotional impact of the vocal to outweigh the drive for perfection.

tm: What have you learned to stop doing so as to not hinder your growth or your optimism for the future re: The Spider Ferns?

Kelly: We’re eternally working on ways to block out the white noise of daily living: The ultimate life goal is really to spend all of our time creating. For now, we seek to distance ourselves from worrying about work, finances and external obligations that get in the way of making music.

Alton: We have a Spider Fern mantra that goes like this: Ignore All Perceived Limitations. ( IAPL for short.) Repeat ad nauseam.

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Seattle electronic trip-rock band The Spider Ferns return from the darkest, most hypnotic part of space with a brand new EP, Safety. It’s the duo’s first release since their impressive 2015 debut, Soon Enough.

From Press Release: “The four tracks on Safety add live drums, strings and layers of beats to the band’s rich sonic palette, pushing their sound footprint further while still maintaining a minimalist expression.”

Pick up Safety this Friday, January 29th, via the band’s BandCamp page and at Seattle area record stores, AND see The Spider Ferns this Thursday, January 28th, for the album release show at Chop Suey with support from Midday Veil, Erik Blood and DJ Explorateur.

I had the chance to chat with The Spider Ferns all about the brand new EP and the very personal, deep meaning behind the first single, “Stronger Still”.

the mixtape: What are you doing right now besides answering this question?

Kelly: Eating leftover pizza in bed and reading reviews of our new EP while snuggling with our dogs. It’s 1pm btw.

tm: Your EP, Safety, will be the first release since your 2015 debut LP, Soon Enough. How do you feel you’ve been growing and progressing as a band over the last year?

Alton: Being musicians is a strange, endless journey. We’re always pushing the boundaries, finding new things to explore and learn. In the past year our music has reached a new level both in terms of how we create our sounds and how we record.

Kelly: I’ve become more involved in producing with Alton. It was an incredible amount to learn and brought us closer together during the recording process. I got deeper into my vocals and was able to be more free in my expression. I wanted the emotional impact of the vocal to outweigh the drive for perfection.

tm: What have you learned to stop doing so as to not hinder your growth or your optimism for the future re: The Spider Ferns?

Kelly: We’re eternally working on ways to block out the white noise of daily living: The ultimate life goal is really to spend all of our time creating. For now, we seek to distance ourselves from worrying about work, finances and external obligations that get in the way of making music.

Alton: We have a Spider Fern mantra that goes like this: Ignore All Perceived Limitations. ( IAPL for short.) Repeat ad nauseam.



tm: What are you most excited about with the release of your new EP, Safety?

Alton: Honestly, I just really love the music and want everybody to hear it. After Soon Enough, we had this incredible influx of really great people into our lives coupled with awesome new experiences. I’m looking forward to what this EP brings our way.

Kelly: We grew in unexpected ways making this EP, both as musicians and as a couple. We pushed ourselves into new territory in the studio, leaving tremendous room to explore as we recorded, mixed and mastered the work. The result is deeply exciting for us both. It’s been hard to wait for it’s release.

Safety is lyrically a tale about the human condition of this moment in time. Our world is rife with conflict and suffering. We are more connected as a species than ever before, though I feel it is easier to ignore the needs of others within the flood of information that we are all exposed to daily. The other side of that story is the increase in voices for social justice. I find the surge of awareness for social justice issues uplifting. Much of the current dialogue is long overdue and I’m elated to live in a time where more voices can be heard. My heart was quite heavy as I wrote the lyrics for this EP, so I made the decision that the world needed lullabies to match the tone of the time. The instrumentation and lyrics on Safety are often fierce with a calming vocal melody riding the waves. The overall effect is soothing and brings the storytelling to the forefront. Safety is a war cry, disguised as a lullaby for our current human condition.

tm: What’s the meaning behind the song, “Stronger Still”?

Alton: In the broader sense, “Stronger Still” is about the universal experience of being at the end of your rope, hitting rock bottom. It’s about being overcome by the events of our lives and feeling out of control while having to find the strength to move forward.

Kelly: A dear friend of ours was experiencing exactly what Alton described at one point during the last year. He reached out to us for love, support and encouragement during what was an emotionally charged time in his life and that became the muse for “Stronger Still” both musically and lyrically. I wanted to comfort him and to show him that he had the strength inside of himself for the challenges he faced…that he had allies. He has come full circle into a wonderful new chapter in his life and the song served as the perfect catharsis for us all.

tm: What does the future look like for The Spider Ferns?

Kelly: The immediate future looks like an amazing EP release party on Thursday, Jan. 28 at Chop Suey with our friends Midday Veil, Erik Blood, DJ Explorateur, and CTPAK film crew VJ’s and Kevin Blanquies VJ.

On March 3, we’re performing at Neumo’s as part of a Musicares Bowie tribute night sponsored by KEXP and hosted by Marco Collins which is going to be a beautiful night. After that, we’ll be taking Safety on the road for a few jaunts on the West Coast and across the country and we’re working on a European tour of Europe for the fall. Lastly, we are already working on our second full length album, In The Silence, which will come out sometime this year.

Sean DeTore -KIRO Radio, My Northwest.com - MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio & TV)


"A war cry, disguised as a lullaby for our current human condition with the Kelly & Alton Fleek of the dreamaliscious band The Spider Ferns"

A war cry, disguised as a lullaby for our current human condition with the Kelly & Alton Fleek of the dreamaliscious band The Spider Ferns

By xavier_lopez_jr on January 22, 2016 at 6:02 PM
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Kelly & Alton Fleek of The Spider Ferns: Hi there Xavier!

Xavier: Hi, guys! How are you!? I’d love it if you took a moment to introduce yourselves to our readers. Please, introduce yourselves and describe your band and your musical style, if possible.

The Spider Ferns: We are Kelly & Alton Fleek. We are The Spider Ferns. We make electronic music that has been described as being somewhere between the worlds of Trip Hop and Dream Pop. We combine organic instrumentation with electronica that we refer to as Trip-Rock.

Xavier: Cool!

How did you guys get started and how long have you been making music?

The Spider Ferns: We’ve both been making some sort of music, most of our lives. We are a married couple. We made music together early on in our relationship…but The Spider Ferns came about roughly 6 years ago. We made music only for ourselves for many years. Then, a few years back, we finally felt comfortable sharing it live and began playing shows together.

The current version of ourselves as an electronic band is only 2 years old. We felt it was the next logical step for us creatively. It came quite easily to us and gave us a broader sound with many more options as a duo.

Xavier: Would you be willing to take me through the process of putting a piece of music together, what is that like and how does the whole process begin?

The Spider Ferns: In terms of creation, every song is different. Sometimes it’s a melody one of us has tumbling around in our heads. Sometimes its guitar riff or a synth line, anything that captures our imagination or feeds an emotion will get us going.

After that, the natural evolution of playing a song live often leads to its expansion. We don’t record until something feels settled…until we feel grounded in it. Then, it often evolves again during the recording process. We often continue to develop our ideas in the studio, leaving ourselves open to change.

Xavier: The music that I have heard does seem to have a very “live” sound about it–with guitars and synthesizers working very harmoniously together.

The Spider Ferns: Thank you. We really do try and capture the feeling of playing live when we record.

Xavier: Are there any bands or types of sound that you would say influence your work?

The Spider Ferns: We both have extremely eclectic musical tastes. You’ll hear everything in our home from punk to jazz, glitch to noise, ambient to MGM Grand vintage movie soundtracks, psyche rock, you name it.

Film scores are a big one for us both. We both have some formal music training from our youth, but we try to forget it all as often as possible, preferring to experience each musical moment uniquely.

We are deeply influenced by David Bowie, but who isn’t really?

I would say we don’t draw from any one influence or genre, our process is intentionally intuitive.

We love to be alone, creating.

Xavier: Cool! Could you please take me through one of the songs from your newest EP–perhaps your favorite? What went into making it and what do you want us to know about it?

The Spider Ferns: Ooohh! Good question!

We don’t have a favorite on the EP, but, the first track titled, “Stronger Still” was one of those bell ringing moments. We have a dear friend that was having some trouble in his life and that trouble manifested in many, many hours of reaching out for support and the process of helping our friend to resolve the issues of his heart became the muse for Stronger Still. Out of that emotionally charged atmosphere and desire to help someone we hold close, those emotions distilled into words that needed music. At the same time, we had been working on some musical ideas and the two meshed together magically and became the song it needed to be. Neither of us can play or listen to that track without being pulled deeply into the moments that created it.

It’s very personal for us and very cathartic. Stronger Still is the perfect example of a track that evolved both live and in the studio. We tossed out an entire layer of sound by accident actually, only to realize later that the absence gave the track a deeper feeling and a maturity we did not expect. As well as losing that layer, we created a new sound signature that drove the emotions of the lyrics closer to the heart. We had this incredible intuitive moment during mixing where we felt so emotionally overwhelmed in tandem that we began creating an entirely new sound together, in fever pitch that really pushed the emotional architecture of the song. We love it.

Xavier: Happy accidents leading to a happy sound!

The Spider Ferns: Yes!

Xavier: Would you consider yourselves to be storytellers?

The Spider Ferns: Yes, absolutely. Story is integral to The Spider Ferns. We are either beginning with a story or the story unfolds lyrically as we create the music itself. Sometimes the emotional landscape becomes a story. Sometimes it is the music that has transported us. We both come from a background of story-telling and literature. Oftentimes, the story is more abstract, not necessarily referring to any one individual, but simply (referring to) the condition of being.

Xavier: Nice! Speaking of stories- do you have any cool stories from life as musicians, perhaps on the road or a pretty epic stage story?

The Spider Ferns: Last summer, a friend that grew up in Yakima, booked us for a show there. We were itching to get out of town to play shows in truly different environs. Our friend arranges a date for us at a venue downtown Yakima because he knows the booker from his college days. We pack up for our weekend adventure, never looking online to see what type of venue we are actually supposed to play at. We pull up to our destination, which turns out to be a huge sports bar that caters to cover bands… the sign is a humongous neon hunter, shooting a duck. We. Freak. Out. Cover bands and sports bars are great, but they don’t usually cater to funky types like us. We were officially worried. I call the friend that booked us and threaten (lovingly), to kill him in his sleep with a pillow upon our return to Seattle for his shenanigans. He says ‘No, don’t worry…really! It’s a GREAT place! I used to puke in the alley there back in the day! That place is fun! Just calm down, set up and do your amazing Spider Fern thing…they will LOVE you!” So, we took his advice, even though we make dark electronica, that we wouldn’t get booed off stage. we are not typically a party band...but we did our thing. We even set up our full light installation that is reminiscent of giant jellyfish. The place was packed to the gills. We had an absolute blast and we sold tons of CD’s and T-shirts. So many people came up to connect, the community was truly hungry for something new. Not only did they give us as much food and drink as we could stand to imbibe, but they helped us get a hotel and gave us weed. It was amazing beyond belief. Honestly, we fell squarely in love with Yakima. That was the nicest, most friendly and loving bunch of folks we’d met in ages and a great reminder that things are not always as they seem. We spent the next day downtown Yakima, eating at taco carts, drinking Slurpees with the locals and we even found a French baker with the most amazing bread and coffee. We’ve been meaning to return.

Xavier: That’s amazing! Funny how you just never know about a place!

The Spider Ferns: Right?! Ha!

Xavier: Do you have any upcoming shows? Do you have a place where people can go to buy or hear more of your music?

The Spider Ferns: Our EP release party is Thursday, January 28th at Chop Suey!

We are beyond excited for our EP release party! The lineup is truly phenomenal and made up of some dear friends that are incredible local musicians. We’ll be playing with Erik Blood and Midday Veil. DJ Explorateur will be spinning her magic to get the party started and in between musical sets. The CTPAK collective of VJ’s are providing most of the night’s visuals….Erik has his own visuals as well. Midday Veil are just coming off of an amazingly successful album launch and national tour. Erik is soon to release a new EP and his current incarnation includes Irene Barber of XVII Eyes. This is destined to be a truly magical night full of sonic bliss.

Xavier: Where can people get tickets?

The Spider Ferns: Tickets for our event can be found here:

http://chopsuey.strangertickets.com/events/30497868/the-spider-ferns-ep-release

The Spider Ferns (EP Release) Tickets | Chop Suey | Seattle, WA | January 28, 2016 | Chop Suey

The Spider Ferns https://www.facebook.com/thespiderferns/?fref=ts Erik Blood http://erikblood.bandcamp.com/ Midday Veil https://www.facebook.com/middayveil/?fref=ts DJ Explorateur https://www.facebook.com/DJExplorateur/?fref=ts $7 ADV / $10 DOS // Doors 8PM // 21+

chopsuey.strangertickets.com

Xavier Lopez -Seattle P.I. - Seattle P.I.


"The Spider Ferns Share “Stronger Still” from Upcoming ‘Safety’ EP"

Today, Seattle-based electronic rock band The Spider Ferns dropped “Stronger Still,” the opening track on their forthcoming EP Safety, the band’s first release since their 2015 debut LP Soon Enough. Projected for release on January 29th, the Safety EP sees the Spider Ferns furthering their creative chops, which is apparent right out of the gate with “Stronger Still.” This six-minute slow-burner is dark, it’s multi-faceted, it’s dramatic, and it manages to hold the listener’s attention all throughout as the six minutes fly by.

The Spider Ferns’ vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Fleek has said that “Stronger Still” is “about being on the brink of losing everything that you care about, and finding the strength not to give up when it feels like all is lost,” a feeling which is prevalent with each and every listen through it. Safety is an EP we think will take the local scene by storm, and “Stronger Still” is a killer teaser track from it.

You can stream “Stronger Still” below. If you’ve given it a listen, let us know what you thought of it. The Spider Ferns are holding an EP release party at Chop Suey on January 28th, alongside fellow Seattleites Erik Blood, Midday Veil and DJ Explorateur.

Staff- Northwest Music Scene - Northwest Music Scene


"The Spud Goodman Show: 'The Gerald's Saying Signature' with The Spider Ferns live in studio and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics with Dave Foley from Kids in the Hall"

News (1/28/16): "The Gerald's Signature Saying Episode"
Guests: From Kids in the Hall and Newsradio Comedian/Writer Dave Foley, Founding Member of The Eurythmics Musician/Producer Dave Stewart and Musical Guest: The Spider Ferns.
Permanent Temporary Co-Host Gerald feels he needs something to boost his presence on the show, and a witty catch phrase is just the thing to do it.
Don't forget about The Post Show Report with Lawrence. It's TV on Radio! Available for free on iTunes or here for a direct download. - The Spud Goodman Show -NWCZRadio.com


"The Spider Ferns at Chop Suey, Martha Rosler at The New Foundation, WET's Latest Six Pack Series"

Thursday, Jan. 28
Kelly Fleek's lovely trill of a voice—think Kate Bush at the cusp of innocence lost—provides the anchor for The Spider Ferns' fluidly grooving, sensual electronic pop. Safety, their great new EP, should be prominently featured in their headlining set. In what's gotta be one of the most uber-stacked club bills of the week, psych-prog shamans Midday Veil, pop/production genius Erik Blood and DJ Explorateur open. –Tony Kay
Chop Suey - City Arts Magazine


"Who's (Hopefully) Covering What at Neumo's Bowie Cover Night"

It took me approximately an eighth of a heartbeat to jump on the purchase of tickets to Bowie Cover Night at Neumos, and it’s a good thing I did, seeing as how it sold out about a half-heartbeat later.

All the artists on the docket, for totally understandable reasons, have kept mum about the tracks they’re covering. But I thought it’d be fun to put out a wish list as to which songs each act will recast in their own image(s). This is NOT a prediction, so no chortling derisively at my expense once the Full Monty is revealed, bands and fellow concertgoers.

The below wish list is a combination of conjecture and wish fulfillment (natch) on my part, and I’m gonna assume that there’ll be no overlap of material given the depth of Bowie’s catalog (I’m fully cognizant of the fact that this prediction will likely get blown out of the water at least once).

Each choice is preceded by each artist’s stylistic MO, in case you’re not familiar with their work. Pro tip: you should rectify that situation bloody quick, as there’s not a weak act in the bunch....

The Spider Ferns :
MO: Gorgeously-sung gothic shoegazer enchantment, with tinges of electronica.
My Bowie Cover Wish List for ‘em: “Stronger Still,” the first cut on The Spider Ferns’ strong new EP Safety, opens with keyboard thrumming and percussion that sorta bring to mind the Cat People theme, so why not? The Ferns’d do a wicked take on “Changes,” too. Way long shot: “Sunday,” the eerie, glacial opening track from 2002’s Heathen.

Tony Kay -The Sun Break - The Sun Break


"The Spider Ferns Album Release Preview"

Bow, Washington, duo the Spider Ferns (multi-instrumentalists Kelly and Alton Fleek) create sleek, ultra-modern pop with extremely punchy and bulbous drum-machine programming. Kelly’s alluring vocals curl around angular, down-tempo, funky tunes that are accessible without resorting to sugary pandering. The Spider Ferns claim to “make music late at night in a converted barn at the base of a small mountain,” but the sounds they deftly craft scan as urban and are constructed with spare elegance. Tonight is the release party for their Soon Enough album. Modern Ruins’ darkly spangling rock, bolstered by Leigh Stone’s subtly brooding vocals, serves as a velvety complement to the Spider Ferns’ subdued glamour. DAVE SEGAL - The Stranger


"Our 37 Most Favorite Seattle Bands of 2015"

29. The Spider Ferns (#41for2015)

Full disclosure: after seeing the Spider Ferns perform in 2014, I liked them so much I agreed to help with PR in 2015, and, what a year it was. Outlets across town, from the Stranger and Stackedd Magazine to CBS Local, took notice of their debut “trip-rock” album, Soon Enough, earning them high visibility shows at the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival and opening for Dengue Fever on a couple of west coast dates. Watch for their follow EP, Safety, early in 2016.
Matt Ashworth -Editor, NadaMucho.com - NadaMucho.com


"16 Shades of Blue: The Multi-Media Magic of the Spider Ferns’ Kelly Fleek"

"You might think being a Bassist/Vocalist/Pianist in the Spider Ferns would have filled Kelly Fleek’s proverbial creative plate, but she also creates works in the tactile forms of mixed media on canvas as well as via fabric and knits as well as lending an artistic eye to the band’s videos. To showcase her wide range of talents we’ve put together a mini multi-media showcase of Kelly’s music and art and she’s chosen specific physical works to accompany music off the band’s latest release, Soon Enough.

If you’d like to experience the warm, downtempo ambience of the Spider Ferns first-hand they will be playing several dates throughout the summer including this weekend’s Fisherman’s Village Festival in Everett. Enjoy!"
—Ma'Chell Duma, STACKEDD Magazine - Stackedd Magazine


"156 Songs we Liked in 2015"

Of the many annual year-end NadaMucho.com lists, “Favorite Songs” is created with the simplest formula: 1) we ask our writers and photographers to tell us a few of their favorite songs of the year, 2) I alphabetize them and pick a few to embed, and 3) we’re off to the races. That’s it. Submissions do not have to be performed by an artist that also makes an appearance on our forthcoming lists of albums and local bands, and contributors do not need to include an explanation or justification for their selections. No complicated formulas. No spirited debate.

The resulting list is predictably odd and wonderful. As you read through the selections and listen along on our Spotify playlist, please remember: when it comes to music there aren’t any “guilty pleasures,” only pleasures.

The Spider Ferns – “The Pressure” (#41for2015)

Matt Ashworth -High Potentate (Editor) NadaMucho.com - NadaMucho.com


"Album Review: The Spider Ferns "Soon Enough""

Some albums are meant for a specific purpose whether it is to bring joy, sorrow or hate. The Spider Ferns new album,Soon Enough, is the album that will elicit emotions and transfer the listener into a vivid dreamscape. The propose of this album is to take you away from life, into the world where music such as this, can only be made in a barn near a base of a small mountain, late at night.

The album mixes elements of electronic, indie, folk and pop all into one. The songs “Distant Meadow”, “Windfall” and “Strange Weather” are the songs that will transport the listener to other orbital dimensions. These songs give a glimpse into the music creativity of this amazing duo, Kelly and Alton Fleek. The album proceeds into territories that you would not consider. In songs such as “Wonder”, “The sun has gone down for you” and “The Pressure”, have a very retro feel with some Pink Floyd sound structures within these songs. The layout of most the songs on the album are very unusual in that their seems to be very little, if any structure in the songs. Yet for Spider Ferns it actually elevates these song. The lack of structure actually adds to a more visual sound painting for the listener.

There are two songs that seem to transcend a genre. “My Direction” is a hypnotic song galvanized with a jazz vibe in a retro music framework. The song starts with very subtle drums playing in the intro. Next, an atmospheric synth sound is added to create very imaginative textures to the song, which gradually leads into a jazz type vibe in the bass line. The vocals sweep in unexpectedly. The vocals are precisely layered against the music, strong enough to be felt yet subtle enough to not overshadow the vibe of the song. The song closes with the singer, Kelly Fleek, repeating, I’ve seen all before/ I’ve said it a loud/ This is my direction. “Fortune” is the song that must be heard with headphones to really feel the power of this song. The song builds up with a synth landscape of sound then almost eerily, a heavy synth growl comes fluttering in back and forth between speakers creating a horror movie type quality. With a subtle electric guitar, and a sweet yet eerie vocal line of Kelly Fleek, perfectly communicates the emotions of the song. In this one song, the listener gets multiple layers of beats, synths, and genres.

Spider Ferns new album, Soon Enough, is an epic escape from reality that we all need to experience. With songs that transition from dance to experimental synth pop. The duo from the Northwest have a sound unlike any other northwest artists. This is their direction for music, their escape, won’t you come and join them?

Ruben Lira -Rock Paper Rock, Knick Knack Records - Rock Paper Rock


"Ambient, Trip-Rock Duo The Spider Ferns Enjoying Unconventional Operation"

Chris Coyle - CBSLocal online 2/9/15
When I think of Electronica, Gothic, chill-out or trip-rock, a barn in Skagit County is the last place I’d imagine where this type of music gets produced. But, that’s precisely what husband-and-wife duo The Spider Ferns have done for quite some time now — most recently with their new album Soon Enough.
“The short story?” Kelly Fleek asks. “[Twelve years ago] we were struggling artists and musicians in Seattle …. And, it got extraordinarily expensive.” Just after the new millennium began, Kelly saw that it was cheaper to live in a Motel 6 on a nightly basis than it was to reside in the Emerald City with her husband Alton and children.
Fast-forward to 2015; Kelly and Alton’s music studio sits in their hayloft and their creative output reaches to all corners of the world. File-sharing is actually a big part of Kelly and Alton’s operation. The Spider Ferns regularly work with New York-based DJ and producer Audiosapian who had found Kelly and Alton online.
“There are two tracks [on the new album] that feature Audiosapian,” Alton says. “He really fell in love with Kelly’s voice, she really fell in love with his music.”
The track “Distant Meadows” is a perfect example of the thick blend of Psychedelia, Electronica and jazz the duo can whip up. Kelly’s haunting melody riding the hypnotizing bass line captures just a slice of what makes The Spider Ferns an audio journey.
The band also has collaborators in London, Belgium, Italy and Germany — which makes their in-the-works European summer tour all the more special.
# # #
The Spider Ferns open for Dengue Fever at the Triple Door on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm. The show is currently sold out. - CBSLocal 11 Online - Chris Coyle


"The Spider Ferns: Soon Enough (Album Review)"

Alex Faulkner (U.K.) -The Drainage 2/12/15
The Spider Ferns are an electronic trip-rock duo consisting of husband and wife Alton and Kelly Fleek, who both contribute vocals and several instruments to this eleven track album. They make their music ‘late at night in a converted barn at the base of a small mountain’ and it sounds like it, having an ethereal, other-worldly quality that is actually strikingly original in its blending of genres.

Over a soundscape of usually simple but effective electronic beats, shimmering guitars and psychedelic synths, Kelly Fleek lays down her evocative, distinctive vocals, sounding somewhere between Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush. The overall effect is hypnotic and, like any good work of art, it creates its own world and takes you inside it. It is music that has grown organically and naturally, joyously unconstrained by commercial considerations.

Starting with the excellent “Distant Meadows” (feat. Audiosapian), the album alternates between five-to-six minute epics that take you to Venus and back and shorter, more straightforward alternative rock tracks like “The Sun Has Gone Down For You” and “The Pressure”. In the former category, other highlights for me were “My Direction”, the haunting “Windfall”, the jazzy dreaminess of “Strange Weather”, and the dark electro trip-rock of the album closer” Ghost Cowboy”, the second collaboration with producer Audiosapian.
Overall, this is one of the most interesting and enjoyable albums I’ve heard for some time, and a nice reminder that there are artists out there pushing the envelope and taking music to new places. It is explorative without being self-indulgent, all the songs being well-structured and cohesive. Every discerning music fan should seek this album out and take a trip down the rabbit hole with The Spider Ferns. - The Drainage- Alex Faulkner


"New Music: The Spider Ferns; Interview"

Kelly and Alton Fleek are a local electronic trip-rock duo known as The Spider Ferns. These two have dreamy, spaced out soundscapes and lush, languid vocals on lock with their new record, Soon Enough.

*See the rest of the interview here*
http://mynorthwest.com/570/2731542/New-Music-The-Spider-Ferns-Interview - KIRO News - My Northwest with Sean Dotore


"The Spider Ferns: Electronic Trip-Rock"

Scot Casey -What's Up Magazine 3/1/15
The Spider Ferns create sonic landscapes of ethereal vocals wrought with sublime lyricism floated over solid ultra-cool beats and elegant guitar voicings. Add to this a wide range of subtle electronic textures and beautifully-odd acoustic elements. Their most recent release, Soon Enough, is 11 tracks of pure atmospheric joy that unfolds worlds inside your head.

*See the rest of the interview & review here*
http://www.whatsup-magazine.com/2015/03/spider-ferns-electronic-trip-rock/ - What'sUp Magazine


"41 Bands for 2015"

Matt Ashworth- NadaMucho High Potentate 3/8/15

...Because this husband and wife duo make elegant electronic compositions with addictive vocals in their barn in the middle of nowhere. It’s somehow earthy and organic while remaining decidedly electronic, a musical anomaly I adore. - NadaMucho.com


"The Spider Ferns Spin A Rare Psychedelic Story"

Darby- The Tune Wall 2/6/15
Seattle’s psychedelic electro duo The Spider Ferns just released a new, chilling album Soon Enough.

“We make music late at night in a converted barn at the base of a small mountain.” Intriguing to say the least, considering The Spider Ferns are a husband-wife duo, whose synchronous wavelengths can be felt within their complex web of sound. With Kelly on vocals, piano and bass, and Alton on guitar, keys and backup vocals, the two are pushing boundaries and making the kind of music that doesn’t try to fit any particular mold; rather, they make the kind of music that listeners go to for a surreal escape.

Their style can be described as poetic writing woven into a blend of dark and trippy melodies and deeply vibrating basslines. With elements of psychedelic rock and electronic genres, The Spider Ferns create a mind-stunning listening experience that’s easy to get lost in. Its’s no surprise that the two were chosen to play last year’s eclectic festival Capitol Hill Block Party, gaining many new fans along the way. Stream their entire album Soon Enough below, and download it’s entirety via The Spider Ferns’ Bandcamp page. - The Tune Wall


"Live Tonight: The Spider Ferns"

Azaria C. Podplesky-The Seattle Weekly 1/29/15

Reading up on The Spider Ferns, aka husband-and-wife Alton (guitar/vocals/keyboard) and Kelly (bass/vocals/piano) Fleek, the word “hypnotic” comes up a lot. And after listening, it’s easy to see why. The experimental-rock duo’s debut electronic album, Soon Enough—the release of which is being celebrated at this show—pairs Kelly’s moody and, yes, hypnotic vocals with ambient electro-rock grooves that hint at a psychedelic influence. As per the band’s Facebook bio, “We make music late at night in a converted barn at the base of a small mountain.” The studio’s spacious surroundings translate to the music and add yet another trancelike layer to the album. With Modern Ruins, Screens. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $6 adv. 21 and over. - Seattle Weekly


"Show Preview: The Spider Ferns with Modern Ruins + Screens @ Barboza, Thursday 1/29"

The Spider Ferns with Modern Ruins + Screens @ Barboza, 1/29/15
Preview & Interview by Marz
Published 1/23/15

The Spider Ferns are Kelly and Alton Fleek, a wife-husband pair who create neo-psych chill-tronic melodies. They have dropped some lovely new tunes, and will showcase their debut album, Soon Enough next Thursday, 1/29/15 at Barboza. All tracks are written, produced and recorded independently. I was excited to get a chance to discover how these lovebirds conceptualize their musical and artistic endeavors into their passionate reality.

*Read the entire interview here*
http://backbeatseattle.com/2015/01/23/show-preview-the-spider-ferns-with-modern-ruins-screens-barboza-thursday-129/ - BackBeat Seattle


"SMN Exclusive Track: “Wonder” by The Spider Ferns"

T. Monte- Seattle Music News 1/19/15
The Spider Ferns
SMN Exclusive Track: “Wonder”
Hey kids! It’s time to bury your ears in the love and glow of your speakers and check out this exclusive track, “Wonder,” by The Spider Ferns. Turn up the volume and let the hauntingly beautiful echoes fill the corners of your headspace! Their debut album, SOON ENOUGH, will be available on January 20th. And, to top it all off, you can join them for their album release party at Barboza on Thursday, January 29th. Come out and celebrate their great work!
Enjoy this track while it’s still here, at your best source for PNW musical madness, Seattle Music News! - Seattle Music News


"Three Songs to the Head Vol. 23"

Jake Uitti- The Monarch Review 1/15/15

If you were in space, working on a giant satellite, fusing gears, welding sheets of metal, the giant black expanse of the universe before your eyes, stars dotting the void like diamonds on steroids, you’d want The Spider Ferns in your ears, bumping their skeleton-bone rhythms and piercing-lipstick vocals. It would remind you of fast cars, sharp women and the sort of earth worth coming home to. There’s humor, love and experience in their songs. Just check out “The Sun Has Gone Down For You.” - The Monarch Review


"Album Preview: Spider Ferns – SOON ENOUGH"

Preview by T. Monte- Seattle Music News 1/6/15

The Spider Ferns
Album Preview: SOON ENOUGH
Inextricably linked in all things life, love, and The Spider Ferns, musical husband and wife duo Alton and Kelly Fleek continue to find inspiration on both sides of the fence, evidenced in their much anticipated debut album, SOON ENOUGH. Generalized as electronic trip-rock, these two clearly pull from a larger library, influenced by not only all-things-music, but an innate sense of the physical and spatial. Alton and Kelly spend their weekends in Seattle, keeping step with communal and artistic affairs; however, the rest of their time is spent [living] and contemplating one’s existence on six acres at the bottom of a mountain in Skagit County. In their repurposed barn, one could say, is where the magic happens.
SOON ENOUGH appears to embrace this duality, encompassing and intertwining two realities that are both beautiful and scary, inhabited yet lonely. A balance exists in their soundscape that tightropes between beats, strings, and keys. Like a wild animal, Kelly’s vocals come and go, ebb and flow, retreating and returning with an echo that hangs in the air, to return at leisure. The opening and closing tracks are visited by New York-based producer, musician, and world dreamer Audiosapian, who lends a faster tempo on a more complex background.
The Spider Ferns will be enjoying the fruits of their labor with an album release party at Barboza on Thursday, January 29th. Accompanying them for the show will be Seattle-based electronica bands Modern Ruins and Screens. SOON ENOUGH is scheduled for release on January 20th, so be sure to order it, and come out to the Hill to show your support! Tickets are $6 in advance, and that, my friends, is a steal. - Seattle Music News


"Album Review: The Spider Ferns, ‘Soon Enough’"

"The album mixes elements of electronic, indie, folk and pop all into one. The songs “Distant Meadow”, “Windfall” and “Strange Weather” are the songs that will transport the listener to other orbital dimensions. These songs give a glimpse into the music creativity of this amazing duo, Kelly and Alton Fleek. The album proceeds into territories that you would not consider. In songs such as “Wonder”, “The sun has gone down for you” and “The Pressure”, have a very retro feel with some Pink Floyd sound structures within these songs. The layout of most the songs on the album are very unusual in that their seems to be very little, if any structure in the songs. Yet for Spider Ferns it actually elevates these song. The lack of structure actually adds to a more visual sound painting for the listener." (read on via URL link)
—Christian Hamilton, Editor/Founder at Rock Paper Rock - Rock Paper Rock Music News


"The Spider Ferns at Phoenix Festival 2014"

The Spider Ferns review : Phoenix festival Twisp, WA. 2014

I have run sound for over twenty years now and in that time I've worked with hundreds of acts from around the world and I must say that at times it feels like I've heard it all, but this was not the case with The Spider Ferns. The show was captivating from the onset with their moody artistic lighting and the amazing soundscape that followed.
It was very refreshing to hear something new and different but also melodic and memorable.
The vocals where hauntingly beautiful and drew you into each song while the music created an intense depth that left you wanting more.
With a touch of dark indie mixed with electronica and the pulsating rhythms of downtempo trance the music seemed to be of a whole new genre.
Having grown up near Bristol in England I experienced the birth of many different styles of electronic music and so I have a keen ear for new and exciting music involving sequenced tracks and The Spider Ferns really did impress me with their original style.
The Spider Ferns left a lasting impression that night in Twisp and I'm sure they gained some die hard fans.
I think this band would be well received in England and can see them doing extremely well on the festival circuit abroad and in America.
Looking forward to seeing The Spider Ferns again in the future." - Wills Blackmore Sound Engineer Bristol, England


"CHBP: TBASA Stopped by on Saturday and Sunday"

"The Spider Ferns, a guy/girl duo who incorporate surf-y guitar with mesmerizing bass lines and massive, pre-programmed beat tracks that sounded great pumping through the club’s ample sound system. I’ve raved about this band before, and their trippy, textured grooves was just what I needed to forget the ear trauma of earlier in the day."
-TBASA from NadaMucho.com July 31st, 2014 Excerpt from CHBP Review - NadaMucho.com


"Capitol Hill Block Party 2014"

Hurry down to @theBarboza to check out @The Spider Ferns at 3:45! Don't miss out on this fresh addition to the schedule! …
-Atoosa Moinzadeh The Capitol Hill Times Tweet from July 26th, 2014 - Capitol Hill Times


"The Spider Ferns 'Star Crossed'"

“'The Spider Ferns are a duo that aim to hypnotize. Made up largely of just electric guitar and bass, with no drums, there is very little to prevent you from getting lulled into their bubbling tones. Without percussion, the sounds tend to just wash over you, lively though they may sometimes get. Kelly and Alton Fleek (bass and guitar, respectively) both take time on the microphone, but Kelly's lead vocal is always present. Enveloped in echo, Kelly's voice takes the listener on quasi-psychedelic excursions that sound less influenced by LSD than by downers. It's easy to imagine lighting a cigarette, turning on the Spider Ferns and melting into a comfy chair for long periods of time. Still, a sense of unease permeates the Spider Ferns, even amidst the narcotic ambiance.” -Adam McKinney The Tacoma Volcano - The Tacoma Volcano


"14 Bands to Watch in 2014: #5 The Spider Ferns"

One never knows what one will hear when one goes to a Spider Ferns show. Damn that sentence sounds corny, but it’s true. The duo might lull you into an opiate-like trance with beautiful surf guitar and droney bass. Or they might kick on the beats and make you want to dance.

Consistent to all their performances are the beautiful vocals by Kelly Fleek; it’s an extra treat to hear the guy/girl dynamic when her husband Alton Fleek chimes in too. - NadaMucho.com


"ReverbNation"

“just love this music..beautiful big spacious, verby sound, gorgeous vocal work and fascinating, shimmering arrangements..got such a deep, hypnotic style to it..like the first "The Xx" album. Wicked mood!!
-Mike White Presents U.K. - Mike White Presents


"My Direction- The Spider Ferns"

Meet the Spider Ferns. I will be reviewing their beautiful new album very soon. But until then, enjoy “My Direction”. I love the simple beauty of this track. The negative space. Kelly Fleek’s voice is mesmerizing, soft but fierce. This is like a Massive Attack track......... Lyrically, if you can’t relate to this song you are most likely a child or a paperweight or possibly a national politician. - Patrick Galactic


Discography

Safety (EP) -2016
Soon Enough (LP) -2015 

Who Stands Alone and How Do You Know (singles) forthcoming, late 2018
Blossom  (LP) -Forthcoming 2019

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Bio

The Spider Ferns create dark, sophisticated electronic pop with heavy downtempo beats and striking, seductive vocals. Their latest release 'Safety' is an intoxicating opium dream —a powerful and entrancing call to ponder the human condition, pulling you into a universe where time and presence dissolve into transcendent beauty.

Their signature downtempo grooves and electro shimmer have mesmerized Seattle audiences for years. Now, with a set comprised of mostly new material from a forthcoming LP, they have returned with a turbo-charged pop sensibility and dance grooves that will have the whole room shaking. The addition of dancers and VJ Blazinspace only enhance the dream-like quality of The Spider Ferns’s auditory attack, creating a world in which one can be lost completely, lifted only by the beat. 

Laden with swirling guitars, driving beats and luminous vocals, The Spider Ferns recall the dark-pop of 4AD denizens Portishead and Massive Attack, interlaced with post-punk pulses reminiscent of Siouxie And The Banshees and the modern, synth-driven stylings of The XX and Phantogram. 

With multiple Capitol Hill Block Party performances and a featured set at Bumbershoot on the KEXP stage under their belt, The Spider Ferns continue to expand their reach. They will embark on a west coast tour this fall with stops in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland, before returning to Europe for an extensive tour in 2019.

Band Members