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Below is our complete Spider Rockets news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Pit Stories: One Foggy Night

New Jersey’s Spider Rockets sent in a well-told story of traveling between gigs one foggy night while touring in upstate New York:

It was late, and we had finished our last night playing a festival in upstate New York. We were dirty and tired of hanging out with nature and decided to hit the road instead of camping out for another night. All around us were mountains and enough one-lane winding roads to make one uncomfortable driving in the daytime. Cell phone service was pretty much unavailable, too. Definitely no hotels. Also, as you can imagine, no nearby cities... The fog started coming in as we were leaving. We started driving and we realized how bad the visibility actually was.

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Spider Rockets Posts "Break" Clip

Everyone has been "Bitten" by the infectious sounds of New Jersey's Spider Rockets, which made the Top Adds on the CMJ Metal charts.

Since the release of "Bitten," the group has toured with Trapt, opened for the likes of Papa Roach, Steel Panther, Saigon Kick, and the track "Going Down" was picked up by the WWE and served as wrestler Charlotte Flair's entrance and victory theme for 2 quarters of 2014.

Now the band is pleased to debut its first ever lyric video for the song "Break." For the concept, the band wanted to make this a fun video to watch and was drawn to powerful and dramatic pulp art from the 1930's through the early 1960s. The video was created and directed by Jason Nappi and Roman Fernandez.

"People on the verge, mummies, aliens, monsters and spiders -- what's not to like?" says frontwoman Helena Cos. More...

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Spider Rockets Announces Shows With Saliva

A week after releasing the band's first official video for "Going Down," Spider Rockets will hit the road with Saliva in the midwest and the south.

"We haven't been on the road since our runs with Trapt earlier this spring," admits lead singer, Helena Cos; "...but we haven't visited the south in at least a couple of years! So that, along with Saliva being cool enough to share the stage with us is pretty awesome."

Spider Rockets has a new stage show consisting of various backdrops, a smoldering rocket ship, probing searchlight, whips, megaphone, and a mannequin head.

"The rocket ship will be a work in progress, hopefully we won't need to abort any missions!" jokes John Nap, the band's guitarist. "But the real challenge as an opening band has been coming up with staging that won't interfere with the headliner's space; one that is modular enough to adjust from venue to venue, but that also packs light... And I believe we've found it." John refers to a series of self-standing vertical, retractable banners or scrims (neither, really) that can be extended, shortened, and rearranged depending on the size and configuration of the venue's stage. Bassist, Greg Manning, adds: "We just hope we don't end up with a 'Stone Henge' situation!" More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Going Down

A creepy red mini-van, counterfeit money, and a warning about "going down" highlight new videos this week. More...

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Spider Rockets Releases "Going Down" Video

After the band's first foray into video land with "Scream" two years ago, Spider Rockets has now released a video for "Going Down."

The song lyrics play off the sexual and hostile interpretations suggested by the track's title, often walking a very fine line between the two. Singer Helena Cos comments: "I wanted the listeners to make up their own minds which way I'm leaning when I'm singing, 'When you come here you're going down."

The video weaves around vintage black and white footage to add a bit of levity into what is otherwise far from a funny song. This idea was inspired by videos from other legendary rock bands like Ratt's "You're in Love," Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills," and Metallica's "One."

"We were also on a budget and knew we'd have to fill some frames," admits guitarist John Nap, "and it's amazing how much they were asking us to pay for some other common rights 'free' footage that never made the video, like clips of Betty Boop and Popeye!" More...

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Spider Rockets Shoots New Video

New Jersey's Spider Rockets will finally unveil a first official music video for the single "Going Down" this Friday the 13th.

"Going Down" is the follow-up to the group's first foray into the video arena, a combination of production and live clips for the anthem, "Scream." It was the first track recorded for the group's current release "Bitten."

"Going Down" has knocked out some national heavyweights on a number of cage-matches at active rock radio including Five Finger Death Punch, Pennywise and Hellyeah. "It's mind blowing that we could take on those guys and win! And win we did... Over and over it seemed," revels a stunned Helena Cos, the group's lead singer.

The video, produced by film graduate, Jason Nappi, was a zero-budget endeavor. Johnny Nap, the group's lead guitarist, admits, "it started with some real nice guys at an old warehouse in Jersey who let us in as a favor, and a bunch of offbeat common license footage that fit the theme of the song. We didn't want to take ourselves too seriously."

"We heard Van Halen shot 'Jump' for just $400!" sets up drummer, Dan Prestup, "...and we thought, we don't have that kind of money!" laughs bassist, Greg Manning.

Look out for "Going Down" on Friday the 13th of September. October tour dates from the band will also be released next week.

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Spider Rockets Announces New Bassist

Spider Rockets has officially announced a new addition to the close-knit arachnoid family. Greg Manning has filled a permanent position with the group as bassist and back-up vocalist.

"Greg has been a long time friend of ours and was always a big fan of the band. He's also a seasoned vocalist, so he's able to blend nicely with my voice in harmonies, or pull off grittier leads like the male vocal parts in tracks like 'Gasoline.' And his hair speaks for itself," states lead singer, Helena Cos.

Spider Rockets will show off the new goods when the group debuts Greg (The Mane) Manning supporting Trapt at Monirae's in Pennellville, PA on Friday, February 8th at 8:00 pm. The band supports Trapt again February 10th in Clifton Park, New York, while breaking away Saturday, February 9th for a performance at Downtown Quarterback in Endicott, NY.

The latest Spider Rockets release, "Bitten," was named "Top 10 Hard Rock Album of 2012" by Metal Odyssey. For more details and show information, head over to the band's official website.

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Spider Rockets Streaming New Album

Tomorrow sees the release of the upcoming album from New Jersey's Spider Rockets. In celebration of the album's release, the band has teamed up with AOL Music to present a full stream of "Bitten" as part of the Full Album Listening Party Series. Get a first listen to "Bitten" at this location.

Singer Helena Cos commented on the release of the album tomorrow and AOL Music's Full Album Listening Party: "You game? Well jump in, cause we are gonna have our way with you with the release of our new CD Bitten. We want to welcome everyone to the listening party for 'Bitten' and thanks to the folks at AOL for being tremendous hosts. The catering is lovely and the center pieces are beautiful. Perfect atmosphere to soak in the tunes...."

As an added bonus for fans, Spider Rockets is offering 10,000 free downloads of the new single "Scream." Head over to this location and download your free mp3 now. Spider Rockets recently shared a tale of spilled beer for our "Pit Stories" column, which can be read here. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

6/8 Altoona, PA @ Aldo's
6/9: Erie, PA @ Sherlock's
6/23: Philadelphia, PA @ The Legendary Dobbs
7/6: Hartford, CT @ Up or On the Rocks

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Pit Stories: The Pit Hates Beer

Live shows are the backbone of the local music scene, but sometimes they are also host to the drama-laden, the dangerous, and the downright bizarre. Every week we get in touch with rock and metal bands to share their most memorable stories from live shows, and this week Spider Rockets tells a tale that's less brutal than many we've had before, but covers a constant problem at gigs: spilt beer and show-goers who have had a few too many.

We were performing in Berlin, Germany and there was this guy walking on the edge of the pit with a cup of beer. Turns out he was a bit too close to the action because next thing he was on his butt and his cup flew up in the air and he was showered with whatever had been in the cup. He jumped up, all wet, and was looking to go after whoever got him, but no one was paying attention. He was so angry! Later that night, we saw the same guy peeing against the building, so he must have gotten more beer to replace his flying brew.

Spider Rockets wants to be sure that everyone is ready to get "Bitten" with its new album on June 5th. To give the fans a taste of what they can expect on its new album, Spider Rockets is offering 10,000 free downloads of the new single “Scream.” Head over to this location and download your free mp3 now. More...

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