Six men with a common vision and a penchant for metalcore make Along Came a Spider a staple on the tour circuit. Jamie Miller (lead vocals), Justin Sobota (guitar/vocals), Luke Fockler (lead guitar), John Calo (bass), Tony Castillo (drums), and Joel Sedlak (keyboards) form a post-hardcore metal orchestra that delights audiences with their enthusiasm, positivity, and solid musicianship. Known for their exceptional guitar riffs and rhythms, hard-driving bass, aggressive drum fills, and ingenious keyboards, Along Came a Spider blends elements from all genres to produce an authentic sound in their music. Miller’s commanding vocals stand out in the contrast they provide. The clean vocals are impeccable. Still, it is the unclean vocals that are so arresting, in that they transform to a style of spoken word that adds drama and intensity to each song.
Cleveland Rocks is not just a slogan. The musicians in Along Came a Spider are inspired by their hometown, and believe that musicians—no matter what genre—make a collective effort to support each other. Castillo explains, “What sets Cleveland apart is that everybody comes together to make their shows better; there is a built-in fan base just for the local scene. You don’t find that anywhere else.” The rich history of rock and roll music in Cleveland lends stimulation and encourages creative expression for Along Came a Spider.
Laughter is the best medicine. Along Came a Spider is a group of serious musicians who know that levity is necessary to success. Their web series, “Home Movies from the Road” not only shows the fun and frivolous side to music, it is an uncensored glimpse at life on the road. Featuring clips of their live performances and bands they have toured with, the videos are at once entertaining and meaningful. From skateboarding to Frisbee to brushing your teeth at Walmart, the artists embrace touring with enthusiasm. They sing while refilling at the gas station. They play keyboards on the back of a seat. Music surrounds them and that is just how they want it. New challenges are present around every corner and Along Came a Spider uses each one to maintain their passion and dedication.
The songs don’t write themselves. They may play for 30-45 minutes a night, but artists are working all the time. Signed to Standby Records, Along Came a Spider released their second full-length album, Resurgence, this year. A meeting with Garret Rapp of The Color Morale , arranged through industry contacts, led to a collaboration on the song “In Oblivion”. It was a perfect fit and Calo says, “(Along Came a Spider) and The Color Morale are very similar in that respect of being a positive influence.” Miller writes songs that connect with fans and provide inspiration. The vocals by Miller and Rapp complement each other on the track, with lyrics guaranteed to motivate the listener.
Along Came a Spider exploded on the Agora Theatre stage like an atom bomb. In a fusion of pure force, the sound immediately captivated the audience, and the jumping did not stop till the end of their set. It is impossible not to have fun, because the musicians unmistakably enjoy each moment with you. They cherish the participation of the crowd when fans crowd surf, mosh, and stage dive, and feel it drives the energy levels to the top of the scale. When their show was cut short due to time constraints, the audience responded by immediately demanding more.
It is no surprise that Along Came a Spider is working on a new album before hitting the road to tour next year. Until then, I will continue to listen to Resurgence, because it surrounds me with music each time it plays.