Interview – Spyderhuff

I recently featured Spyderhuff’s track Desert Rain in a playlist and review of country music. I loved their sound, as it also contained elements of other music such as hard rock and southern rock. Find out more about the band below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Desert Rain, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the album and where can it be purchased?

Desert Rain is from an EP entitled Tired Wrangler and is available on all major streaming services and Bandcamp. Visit www.spyderhuff.com for more information.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Actually, Spyderhuff is a remote recording band spread out in different cities and states across the U.S. We started working together that way about a year and half before the pandemic.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The band is led by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Kuhr. Tom plays guitar, sax, harmonica, keyboards and banjo.

Don Beyer plays bass, keyboards, and provides compositions and arrangements. He is also the wizard of production and final mixing.

Original member Jim Pauli provides Spyderhuff with tasteful and creative drumming. He’s been playing drums for 40 years.

The process starts with Tom building the initial tracks with all instrumentation and vocals (some final and some for reference). Each track is sent to Don where he replaces the bass track and prepares a reference mix for other instruments. For example, to replace the reference drum track, Don will strip the drum track out and insert a click track. Don will then send the reference mix with the click track to Jim and he will record a new drum track. Jim can then try different drumbeats and take time getting a good performance. The real bonus of working this way is that Jim can share different versions and explore possibilities without being on-the-clock and pressed for time. This basic approach is used for other contributors and instruments.

After Don has all the tracks, the final mix is next. Don’s system is setup specifically for the final mix with all the necessary equipment, plugins, and effects.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Absolutely! The next project is a series about the seven deadly sins entitled SIN7 and will be released as singles one at time throughout 2022. The first track is called Lazy Soul (slothfulness) and will be dropped the end of January.

Have you got any plans to release a full-length album or an EP anytime soon?

After all the SIN7 singles are released, they will be available as an EP with a special bonus track.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Most of the members grew up together in the Detroit area as friends and musicians in the late 60s and early 70s, playing in bands from jazz-fusion to hard rock. Some of the artists we listen to and are influenced by include John Hiatt, Government Mule, ZZ-Top, Lou Reed, Dire Straits, Steve Earle, Leo Kottke, The B-52’s, Beck, Moby, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Primus, Arctic Monkeys and James McMurtry.

However, our biggest influence is having been raised in the Detroit music scene. There’s a lot of energy and movement in this town. Detroit is also a hot bed for many musical influences including punk, rock, blues, jazz, Motown, and electronic music. It’s that blending of genres that is important to the Spyderhuff sound.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

No

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

If we ever did play live, I’m sure it would fun!

Any last words for the fans?

Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t be afraid to mix it up.