The Spiders – Another Mile
The Spiders are led by Lead Guitarist and Vocalist, Nick DeStefano. Nick has performed all over North America, from the Stone Pony in New Jersey to the Troubadour in Los Angeles. He has appeared on MTV in two award winning videos from his previous bands, Faces In The Crowd and Y Fly 2 London. He also appeared on two NJ WDHA-FM Compilation CD’s, that featured groups such as the Smithereens, Glen Burtnick & Joe Lynn Turner. Nick’s Y Fly 2 London’s “Just Say No” EP is still considered a classic. The record featured the late great producer and ex-Scandal keyboardist Benjy King, Donnie Kisselback, James Lewis from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the great Miami Horn section. “Another Mile” was recorded at Portrait Recording Studios in Pompton Plains, NJ. The single was engineered by John Ferrara & Mastered by Chris Badami. The Spiders also include John Henderson on Bass and Nestor Arcelay on Drums, both longtime veterans of the NJ club circuit. And although this is my introduction to them, it’s an introduction I’m glad about. They’ve got some great music behind them and this track has mainstream potential above and beyond what they’ve been hinting at. That much is easier to tell after searching for more cuts by this power trio.
You get a better sense of direction if you’ve already heard them, but it’s as good a place to start as any. Looking forward seems to be what “Another Mile” is all about. Working hard and feeling good and bad pain. It has a hopeful vibe to it, as he sings about reaching long and hard, day in and day out. It plays out like a race to no finish line, with an infinite chorus that could use another minute’s worth of repeat. And that’s not always easy to pull off because most singles clock in at not much longer than three minutes. This would be an exception to any rules of that sort. It’s too bad they didn’t do that, but an extended alternate mix would be cool, but it’s a lot to ask after the fact. An album version could also cover that, but these are only hints from afar.
If you don’t like 80s new wave and punk bands, The Spiders won’t ring your bell as well as they should. But they bring so much more, that you don’t have to be old to like them. They play to the youth of today and sound vibrant doing it. That is evident in other songs of theirs, so, they maintain their course and then some on this track that could break them into wider circulation. But it’s not all there is to say about it and The Spiders in general. Once anyone hears enough of them it either clicks or it doesn’t, but rest assured it should. These guys aren’t rookies, they’re just not in a hurry. That’s also why their music doesn’t sound rushed.
Not dwelling in yesteryear is one of the points made in this song, which seems to be a theme within their whole approach. Pushing and running along is what Nick DeStefano preaches to no end on this, with a nod to some of their heroes of the same style which can be heard if you listen closely. Nothing beats familiarity, especially if it comes off original. With “Another Mile” it appears The Spiders go around the race track ten times over, as it hopefully turns people onto more of their work. That is the effect it has on this outsider looking in. I’d say it has the potential to convert anyone into a fan.