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A Dirty Dozen with THE SPIDER ACCOMPLICE – October 2021

| 14 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles rock duo, THE SPIDER ACCOMPLICE, released their new single “Clinging to Your Skin” via DI Records. The single was written by VK Lynne & Arno Nurmisto, mixed by Colin McGeoch at Matte Black Audio and mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering. This Los Angeles- based duo has racked up 12 LA Music Critics’ Awards over the last 5 years, making them LAMC’s most-awarded band in history. With their unique sound and striking visual presence, they have become a name to know in modern rock. A prolific pair, they released a slew of new songs during the pandemic, and they now are currently working on recording the mountain of material they’ve created and shooting video to accompany the new offerings. The band is signed to DI Records. The Spider Accomplice is VK Lynne (vocals) and Arno Nurmisto (guitars). We get the duo to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

VK: It’s probably heavier and darker that what we’ve done in the past. There is a low melody line being sung under the chorus that adds a sinister air to the song.

Arno: Our recent single, “Clinging To Your Skin” is a bit different kind of song since it starts with a totally different mood and then takes a darker turn and stays there. It’s always interesting to create something new and not repeat the same patterns. It’s fun to challenge us and the listeners.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

VK: I’ve always been heading towards music; I started singing as soon as I could make noise, and there was never a question for me that it would always have a major place in my life.

Arno: First time I played with the other musicians in high school. I had been playing guitar for years, but never on stage. I was very nervous, but it was an addictive feeling 🙂

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

VK: Many! But probably the pivotal moment for me was Melissa Etheridge’s Storyteller’s performance.

Arno: During high school, we covered a variety of bands from Metallica and Guns n’ Roses to Finnish folk music. I’d say both Use You Illusions by G n R impacted me a lot as a songwriter. Great rock riffs and also acoustic songs. Very versatile band. People don’t usually realize how many times they change a key in a song, but it’s done so effortlessly, it sounds like they play the whole song from the same key 🙂

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

VK: If I had to narrow it down to 5? Melissa Etheridge, Nuno Bettencourt, The Indigo Girls, Tuomas Holopainen, and Brandon Flowers.

Arno: I think it’s hard to put us in one category because the influences come from so many different genres and bands; from The Killers, and Halestorm to Queen and 80’s rock. And definitely other female fronted rock and metal bands from present.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

VK: Nuno. He’s so multi-talented, not only as a guitarist, but as a composer and orchestrator and vocalist.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

VK: I’d say we create soulful hard rock with a metal candy-coating. I don’t really cringe at any comparisons; folks re entitled to their opinions, and for them, usually they see it as a compliment. So I take it as such.

Arno: I’d say we are a female fronted alternative, modern rock band.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

VK: Having a positive outlet for all your emotions.

Arno: The stage is so much fun! 🙂 As is composing songs and being able to do anything you like without trying to please anyone but you and your bandmates. I think the best results are born by just having fun with the song.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

VK: I don’t cook, but I do order the wings and pizza. Arno always brings beer, and he never puts his guitar down, so it’s just a matter of time for jamming.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

VK: Probably when I briefly met Tommy Lee years ago. He smiled, and the world lit up!

Arno: Not really star struck, but maybe Rob Halford, Billy Gibbons and Tony Iommi a few years ago. I made sure that they had everything they needed backstage at rock gala.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

VK: Novelist.

Arno: Roadie. Rock n’ roll and travel around the world.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

VK: No. Every choice has taught me something, made me stronger, and led me here. We need to make mistakes. Our current society is teaching our children that every error could destroy your future, and that’s incredibly damaging. People who are fearful of failure don’t take risks and don’t innovate. Our obsession with “perfect” and “correct” is going to cause us to stagnate.

Arno: I don’t have anything to complain about.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

VK: Shake Your Money Maker by The Black Crowes. There was so much abandon in that music, so much rawness in Chris’ voice.  It changed how I looked at rock and roll.

Arno: Exile On Main Street By The Stones. Mostly recorded in Southern France at Keith’s mansion early 1970’s. I’ve heard stories:) But It’s a great record, and a very important album to define the sound of rock n’ roll in the seventies. Lots of blues, and Mick Taylor on guitar who was one of my biggest influences when I started playing guitar.






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