It’s been a long time coming for The Spider Rockets. The North Jersey-based rock band released their first album in 2000, has performed throughout the county and internationally, and has a large following, yet they’ve never played Atlantic City. Until now. The Spider Rockets make their Atlantic City debut on Saturday at Proud Mary’s Sports Bar & Grill in Atlantic City.
“We’re so excited to play in Atlantic City,” says vocalist Helena Cos. “We hope it’s a fun show for everyone.”
With a new album release expected in January 2018, there’s plenty to be excited about.
“We’ll be playing new music,” Cos says. “And the opportunity to share it is exciting.
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“We have a new CD coming out and we want people to hear it and enjoy it … I want to rub elbows and share it and talk about it. It’s so exciting.”
Cos and The Spider Rockets aren’t unfamiliar with the feeling. The as-yet-unnamed January release will be their fifth CD. Their last, “Bitten”, received great reviews, and their single, “Going Down” was picked up as the theme song for WWE wrestler, Charlotte Flair.
According to Cos, “Going Down” was “a little tongue-in-cheek song.”
“They had a different spin on something … thought about it in a different way,” Cos says of the WWE. “It’s very cool to spin something on its head.”
It’s that perspective — the welcoming of different points of view — that provide this heavy rock band with their approach to songwriting.
“It’s important to allow ideas to flush out without stomping on them,” says Cos. “We don’t really have a set formula (for songwriting) … it’s important to let things come in with minds open and then fine tune them.”
Cos says the band pulls inspiration from all over the place, from the likes of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Buckcherry, Godsmack and Rob Zombie.
“It’s never the same thing,” Cos says of songwriting. “Ideas are so tenuous … it’s important to hold on to them at the beginning.”
And while the songs are important, playing them for a live audience is just as significant.
“It’s a rock show … riff-based rock is our meat and potatoes,” Cos says of Spider Rockets shows. “We feed off of people and hopefully they feed off of us. Everyone in the room is involved and that’s what makes it so cool. It’s an experience. Everyone is integral to the show.”