The Fighting Spiders are a musical project under the leadership of songwriter and performer Ashley Sheehan. Having led numerous groups over the years, such as The Mute and 13 Kennel Gods, the Fighting Spiders allows Ashley to flex his modern production muscles and blend his love of 80s synth pop with classic guitar-driven songwriting. The Spiders draw heavily on influences such as Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Prince and Cindi Lauper.
The Waterford-based electro-pop outfit are hitting the ground running in 2020 with ‘Some Party’ – a beats-laden banger about the party that never ends, or does it?
“Everything In Life Has Brought You Here,
Everything In Life Has Brought You Here”
This follows on from a set of single releases in 2019 which included the synth-soaked darkness of ‘I Have Something You Like’, the nostalgia-themed electro acoustic vibes of ‘Every Fresh Memory’ and the winter warming melodies of ‘Nothing’s Forever.’
Fighting Spiders showcases the commanding vocals of Ashley Sheehan, the intriguing guitar talents of Dean Croke and gritty placement of synth, loops, beats and basslines from Brian Grace, Dean Doyle, Rob O’Connor and Andy Walsh.
Five Interesting Facts about Fighting Spiders:
- Lead singer Ashley is a qualified Krav Maga instructor and has the bruises to prove it.
- The band are quite thrifty. Their stage costume mostly consists of accessories bought in Dealz. The tight white jeans they wear on stage were the cheapest they could find online.
- All of the band members have history with other groups including The Mute, 13 Kennel Gods, Torann, The Bearded Ladies, Time in the Shade, Chew the Scenery, Big Paulie Kool and the Mental Institution, Gilead and Acrojunk. None of them were particularly commercial successful though each of them had their moments.
- Percussionist Andy considers himself a minor local celebrity, though nobody else does.
- On numerous occasions, Rob has been mistaken for Will Ferrell. Once at Oxegen, he was forced to sign autographs in the Cosy Tea Tent as the star of Elf. This is 100% true.
Upcoming live shows:
Sun 23rd February The Workmans (Dublin)
Wed 25th March Crane Lane (Cork)