Rising up from Lower Allston basements, SPIDER CIDER — with their unique combination of socially conscious hip-hop, funk, and folk — don’t sound quite like any other band playing Boston house shows. On debut EP Basement Speeches, upright bassist and vocalist Kristen Lamb and percussionist Ariel Bernstein — who also perform together as a versatile rhythm duo under the name Bottom of the Well — combine forces with Pete Fanelli on trombone and the lyrical positivity of Jacob Dinklage’s rapping. The track “Family,” the first on the album, starts out with some low trombone before Dinklage’s voice busts in, spitting about love, trust, hope, and support. Lamb sing-speaks the chorus in her perfect jazz baritone, calling for community growth and liberation, showing that Spider Cider aren’t unique only because of their sound, but because of their empowering message. Catch them at Sally O’Brien’s in Somerville on July 3, then again at DIY Fest in Allston's Ringer Park on July 21. In the meantime,get the “Family” MP3 below.
DOWNLOAD: Spider Cider "Family" [mp3]
Also download the free 32-track DIY Fest compilation via Bandcamp:
&lt;a href="http://allstondiyfest.bandcamp.com/album/compilation-album-2012"&gt;Compilation Album 2012 by Allston D.I.Y Fest&lt;/a&gt;