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Classic Album Review: Volume | The Amazing Spider-Band

Some friendly neighbourhood indie-rockers recreate the classic cartoon’s tunes.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Every superhero worth his tights needs a good secret identity. And so it is with The Amazing Spider-Band, better known as mild-mannered local rockers Volume.

Led by ridiculously prolific guitarist Alfie Catolico — a guy who’s had more bands than Winona Ryder — these guys swing into action with a walloping, web-snapping alternative to the official Spidey soundtrack. Displaying the obsessive devotion of true cartoon nerds, Alfie and boys have painstakingly, flawlessly recreated the music of the old Spidey ’60s TV show. And not just the swinging, does-whatever-a-spider-can theme song; no, these boys went all the way. With the blessing and input of original composer Ray Ellis, they also tackle character themes, songs from individual episodes and incidental music, all reverently reconstructed with every flute trill, trumpet chirp and sax honk exactly in place. All that’s missing is Peter Parker wisecracking with the Green Goblin. It’s a wonderfully cool homage — courtesy of your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Band.