Spider: Death Match

After sharing numerous sneak peeks from their forthcoming EP, Death Match, hardcore punk band Spider from Los Angeles has revealed the EP's titular song. The track incorporates metaphors, glimpses of daily life, dark scenes, and the innate musings of a protagonist engaged in a dialogue with their own thoughts.

Vocalist Hector Martinez shares a detailed story about the touching inspiration behind the song: "The idea for the lyrics originally came together when I was on a walk with my dog Rocky. A few years ago Rocky was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on his spine that eventually made it difficult for him to walk and greatly reduced his mobility. So I got him a doggy wheelchair that helped him get around which allowed us to still go on our daily walks in the morning and evenings around the neighborhood.

"One day as I was walking Rocky a car pulled over to the side of the road and a stranger got out and walked towards me saying he wanted to thank me. I asked him "Why?", he told me he was going to kill himself the prior week but he changed his mind because he remembered every morning he’d see Rocky in his wheelchair persevering through life and the cards that were dealt to him.

"He said, the image of Rocky not giving up and moving forward inspired him to not give up on himself. I was taken aback, emotionally jolted, and I asked him what his name was, he said his name was Henry/Hank, he gave Rocky a hug and I told him thank you for reaching out and taking the time to meet us, I said I'm glad he changed his mind and told him to take care of himself. I waved as he drove off, a few months later I moved out of that neighborhood, I haven’t seen him since.

"The thing that gave me pause and made me really think about our interaction was the thought that we can make a real difference in the world and not even know we are doing it. I was just taking care of my buddy Rocky, and in turn, Rocky saved someone's life. Amazing right?"

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