Spider is the London-based Tallaght artist who first appeared here as Jenn back in 2019, before a names switch with the release of ‘Water Sign’ into more alternative bedroom pop, before releasing ‘I’M FINE! I’M GOOD! I’M PERFECT!’, which was one of my favourite Irish songs of 2021, and featured the C.O.A. (Coming Of Age) mixtape alongside ‘U Get High / I Get Nothing’.
Spider returns today with ‘America’s Next Top Model’, a a trashy guitar song… written in response to the whitewashing of prominent online platforms…
“I started ‘America’s Next Top Model’ after a conversation with my friend Earl Saga about how safe music can feel right now. We found it really interesting that in a time where artists have the most freedom to make the most opinionated art, it sometimes feels as a collective like we are shying away from it. The video is about my own experiences online, and accepting the fact that if people already feel the need to get rid of me, that means that I’m doing something right. I’m asking the people who target the content of minority creators, “why the fuck are you so scared?” People don’t feel the need to silence something that’s not making an impact. So while it hurts and it’s confusing and it’s scary and slightly scarring, it’s only an indication that the message is being received. I hope ‘America’s Next Top Model’ stirs that revolutionary spirit, and is a big hit of confidence for those who need it.”
Watch the video here by Ashley Rommelrath:
SPIDER’s first ever live shows alongside Lynx, Jessica Winter happened recently as part of emerging all-female and non-binary collective LOUD LDN.
SPIDER also among the acts confirmed for a homecoming show at The Road To The Great Escape Festival in Dublin on May 9th, ahead of The Great Escape festival in Brighton.
SPIDER specializes in unflinching, unguarded but utterly unique pop. Her unorthodox origin-story begins in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, where she was raised in a strictly Nigerian-Catholic household. Banned from going to gigs IRL, SPIDER instead found community online; running pop band stan accounts and, through her growing obsession with digital fan culture, witnessing the connective possibilities of creating work in her own voice. Drawn to the cathartic confessionals of early Halsey, the generational soundtracks of Lorde, or the left-field vibrancy of M.I.A, SPIDER moved to London aged 18 to forge a path in music. A self-taught producer, songwriter and visual artist, SPIDER’s debut mixtape C.O.A spins threads of emo, electronica, bedroom pop and punk through compelling themes: from fighting for your rites of passage to astrology, toxic love, and growth. In African spirituality and folklore, the spider is the totemic symbol of strong feminine creative energy: the perfect alias, then, for a thrilling new artist like SPIDER, manifesting the belief that you need only take what serves you from the past to weave your own, fearless future.