Four years after releasing their Merge debut, Frozen Letter, Spider Bags return with Someday Everything Will Be Fine, an LP that ascends to new levels of aural punch and perspective. The years that elapsed between records were crucial in enabling that progress to take place. "We had gone as far as we could go with touring all the time, and cranking out singles and our own records," says frontman Dan McGee, reflecting on the prolific touring and recording pace he and his bandmates have kept up since 2007. "I really wanted to see what would happen if we were just concentrating on material instead of preparing for shows. We were really able to focus on maybe 12, 14 songs – knowing we were going to have to bring them down to 10 – and I think it's a better record for it. We rehearsed ‘My Heart Is a Flame in Reverse' and ‘Reckless' for a year before we recorded them. That's not something we've ever had the time to do before."
Recorded in Memphis at Bunker Audio by Andrew McCalla (who also engineered Spider Bags' seminal 2012 rock and roll party record Shake my Head), Someday Everything Will Be Fine leverages the limitations and glory of the Tascam 388, a vintage recording/mixing device that's acquired a mythos via its association with legendary records by Dinosaur Jr., East River Pipe, the Black Keys, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees to name a few. The Tascam's charms are more immediate, with a visceral resonance all its own. "That's how my favorite rock and roll records were made," notes McGee. "It's the limitations, I think, that create the performance."
Recording in Memphis also lent its own mojo to the album's sound and feel. According to McGee, "Rock and roll just sounds better there. I swear." Adding to this sound is the featured playing of Memphis giants Jack Oblivian, John Whittemore, Jana Misener and Krista Wroten-Combest of the Memphis Dawls, and multi-instrumentalist Seth Moody. Other non-Spider Bag contributing musicians include Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus and Matthew Hoopengardner of Austin, TX, rock and roll legends the Golden Boys. Someday Everything Will Be Fine, which is about the importance of saying fuck it and dancing to a rock and roll record, is an album only Spider Bags could make.