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It’s not that Scorpion Vs. Tarantula does something new and different when they get up on stage that makes them one of the best bands in the Phoenix metro. It is that they do something familiar and in some ways nostalgic when they get on stage, and they do it extraordinarily well.

In the world of 2014, music fans have millions of songs at their fingertips at all times, and while bands struggle to find the right words to describe their sound, like “post progressive noise rock,” or “proto industrial Americana,” in an attempt to shine brightest among the masses, Scorpion Vs. Tarantula punches out their lights with their brand of straight forward, high-energy rock and roll.

Each member of SVT is individually talented but front woman L. Hotshot is obviously the star of the show. Her presence, with the teased-out hair and spandex outfits creates an atmosphere at their shows that no other band in the Phoenix metro can even hope to accomplish. Combine that with her rock and roll growl of a voice that she accentuates with ferocious lion like roars in certain songs, and L. Hotshot is easily the best lead singer in the area.

Most SVT shows feature Hotshot leaving the stage (or raised platform depending on how “divey” the bar is) and stalking through the crowd like a rabbit jungle cat, screaming in people’s faces and being a badass rock star in general. Every member of the band brings something strong to the table, but L.Hotshot is the one who brings the signature experience.

Bass player Tana Satana acts as somewhat of a foil for Hotshot. While L. is all revved up and bringing the high powered craziness, Satana is the most laid back member of the group. She acts as the Dean Martin to Hotshot’s Jerry Lewis, often wearing all black and hanging back sipping a beer while Hotshot and guitarist Jay Bennett exchange banter and sometimes mouth fulls of beer. She brings the cool factor to the band, because obviously Rock and Roll should be high energy and off the wall. But it should always been cool.

The bands drummer “Cappy,” is so intense that it’s a little bit scary. While the rest of the band is hanging out and drinking beer before sets, “Cappy” is often listening to his iPod and warming up in the parking lot. He seems to hit his drums about as hard as Mike Tyson would hit an opponent in 1986.

He’s just an absolutely monstrous drummer. Every time he hits the drum it looks like the instrument is going to explode. When seeing SVT for the first time it is hard to look away from whatever L. is doing. But after seeing them once or twice it’s easier to see the whole band and “Cappy” banging on the drums is definitely a highlight.

On guitar, Bennett is just rock and roll through and through, he’s got the facial expressions, the moves, including his signature kick, and his sound is just loud and abrasive. His guitar tracks can hit you in the face almost as hard as a misplaced Hotshot dance move. Bennett’s level of engagement on stage seems to have a direct relationship to how much he has had to drink before the show. A Bennett on the sober side will play it cool and share more in common with Satana than Hotshot, but a more imbibed guitarist will lead to more on-stage antics and shenanigans between the husband and wife team of Bennett and Hotshot.

The group's last album Claim to Fame is spectacular and is worth a download. Or it can be purchased directly from the band in both CD or vinyl form at their next show at The Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St., Phoenix on Aug. 9.

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Jeff Moses a senior contributor at Modern Times Magazine. He can be reached at jmoses@moderntimesmagazine.com.

Ferocious Phoenix punk quartet Scorpion vs. Tarantula crawls into Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. August 8, and I’m already preparing my eardrums for a thorough sonic bludgeoning. Led by towering warrior-woman vocalist L Hotshot, the band specializes in hammering guitar riffs and shout-along choruses, such as those found in the song “Don’t Waste My Rock ’n’ Roll,” which is pure adrenaline lashed to the dirtiest speedball. The band is touring in support of its just-released third album, Claim to Fame, a rollicking ride that includes ’70s-inspired, bong-huffing, KISS-cribbing tracks such as “Your Girl Ain’t Nothing Like Me.” Scorpion vs. Tarantula is going to leave me drained and sprained, I bet.

Ferocious Phoenix punk quartet Scorpion vs. Tarantula crawls into Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. August 8, and I’m already preparing my eardrums for a thorough sonic bludgeoning. Led by towering warrior-woman vocalist L Hotshot, the band specializes in hammering guitar riffs and shout-along choruses, such as those found in the song “Don’t Waste My Rock ’n’ Roll,” which is pure adrenaline lashed to the dirtiest speedball. The band is touring in support of its just-released third album, Claim to Fame, a rollicking ride that includes ’70s-inspired, bong-huffing, KISS-cribbing tracks such as “Your Girl Ain’t Nothing Like Me.” Scorpion vs. Tarantula is going to leave me drained and sprained, I bet. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/08/05/upcoming-shows-psyche-rock-gothy-pop-phoenix-punkers/#sthash.eZLDAIBd.dpuf
Ferocious Phoenix punk quartet Scorpion vs. Tarantula crawls into Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. August 8, and I’m already preparing my eardrums for a thorough sonic bludgeoning. Led by towering warrior-woman vocalist L Hotshot, the band specializes in hammering guitar riffs and shout-along choruses, such as those found in the song “Don’t Waste My Rock ’n’ Roll,” which is pure adrenaline lashed to the dirtiest speedball. The band is touring in support of its just-released third album, Claim to Fame, a rollicking ride that includes ’70s-inspired, bong-huffing, KISS-cribbing tracks such as “Your Girl Ain’t Nothing Like Me.” Scorpion vs. Tarantula is going to leave me drained and sprained, I bet. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/08/05/upcoming-shows-psyche-rock-gothy-pop-phoenix-punkers/#sthash.xPK8rSQs.dpuf
Ferocious Phoenix punk quartet Scorpion vs. Tarantula crawls into Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. August 8, and I’m already preparing my eardrums for a thorough sonic bludgeoning. Led by towering warrior-woman vocalist L Hotshot, the band specializes in hammering guitar riffs and shout-along choruses, such as those found in the song “Don’t Waste My Rock ’n’ Roll,” which is pure adrenaline lashed to the dirtiest speedball. The band is touring in support of its just-released third album, Claim to Fame, a rollicking ride that includes ’70s-inspired, bong-huffing, KISS-cribbing tracks such as “Your Girl Ain’t Nothing Like Me.” Scorpion vs. Tarantula is going to leave me drained and sprained, I bet. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/08/05/upcoming-shows-psyche-rock-gothy-pop-phoenix-punkers/#sthash.xPK8rSQs.dpuf
Ferocious Phoenix punk quartet Scorpion vs. Tarantula crawls into Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. August 8, and I’m already preparing my eardrums for a thorough sonic bludgeoning. Led by towering warrior-woman vocalist L Hotshot, the band specializes in hammering guitar riffs and shout-along choruses, such as those found in the song “Don’t Waste My Rock ’n’ Roll,” which is pure adrenaline lashed to the dirtiest speedball. The band is touring in support of its just-released third album, Claim to Fame, a rollicking ride that includes ’70s-inspired, bong-huffing, KISS-cribbing tracks such as “Your Girl Ain’t Nothing Like Me.” Scorpion vs. Tarantula is going to leave me drained and sprained, I bet. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/08/05/upcoming-shows-psyche-rock-gothy-pop-phoenix-punkers/#sthash.xPK8rSQs.dpuf

Claim To Fame - Scorpion vs Tarantula (self released)

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Their influences couldn’t be more obvious if they’d stamped the words: ‘AC/DC’, ‘Dictators’ and ‘Joan Jett’ on their heads with a branding iron. If you like this hard rock outfit from Arizona, the good news is that there are two more recent albums with which to assault your senses.

Like “She Goes hard” (2010) and “Don’t Waste it” (2012) before it, “Claim To Fame” was recorded at Jim Diamond’s Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. The progression in the band's sound and songs over time is appreciable but their hasn't been radical change over the three years. These guys (and girls) are remarkably consistent and the latest album finds the band fully-formed and brimful of piss and bad manners.

Fronted by Amazonian singer L. Hotshot (with a name like it’s obvious that if you wanted subtlety you came to the wrong place), Scorpion vs Tarantula plays a savage brand of rock and roll that wastes no time in going for your throat. L. has a voice that hovers somewhere between Bon Scott and Wendy Case of The Paybacks and her vocal could strip paint at 20 paces. She does not do power ballads. 

The band behind her are no slouches, either. Bassist Tana Santana and drummer Ian Lee lock in brutally and Jay Bennett’s guitar dive-bombs and stings without ever lapsing into cliches.

Opener “Tomboy” is a Romantics cover that lays it on the line from the get-go with the lyric: “I get off when you get on me.” Enough said. “Hello Mr Romeo” uses the time-honoured device of an answering machine message from a redneck to jump into a ragged Dead Boys-style nagger that’s over in two minutes. “Chasing Alive” is even better with L’s ravaged voice at the outset kicking the song into action.

The title track shakes its cage with an insistent descending chord progression and the most pissed off vocal this side of OFF’s Keith Morris, while the bass-line on “Bring You Back” is hard enough to crack nuts on. It’s pointless to argue with this stuff.

shegoeshardThere’s more of the same on the “Don’t Waste It” album and a bit more variety, too, with horns impregnating “Shoutin’ In The City”. “Doin’ It Wrong” provides the obligatory change of pace while “Dance Donia” is the stand-out head-banger, the attention seeker you could see being thrown in at the end of the set to keep the adrenalin pumping.

“She Goes Hard” might have been the debut album with a slightly different line-up but doesn’t lose much by comparison with the discs that followed.

The band's sound is less refined here but still as full-on. The rocket engine jams of “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and the tub thumping “Switch It On And Shake” make it pretty evident that SVS would be a primo live act. The good news is that it's largely translated well to the studio.

dontwasteitApart from the serpentine “Lady of Leisure there’s not a lot of light and shade on this one but who cares when there’s a scorcher like “Hard Knocks” struggling to clock in at much more than a minute? The title tune sits on a killer feel with Jim Diamond’s guest piano and some chick backing vocals to cast off concerns of the band being one trick ponies.

Intensity levels on all three discs are on par with that one great album ("And You?") by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom which similarly bridged the gap between sdpeed metal and punk. You'd be smart to buy the records via the link below before they sell out or the band gets huge. 

And you thought Vincent Furnier was the only cool thing to come out of Phoenix...

 

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Scorpion Vs. Tarantula
Let me start by saying I think this band should play every show, ever. Scorpion Vs. Tarantula would be an awesome band to see play Summers End Music Festival. Not only are they bringing something completely different than everyone else playing, they are bringing the most rock and roll front person in the Valley, most likely in Arizona, and probably in the world. There is not an more entertaining musician in Phoenix than Scorpion lead singer L. Hotshot, and regardless of the genre of the other bands I think SVT would translate into an amazing performance at the show.

Scorpion vs. Tarantula, "Claim to Fame" (Big Cartel)

On Scorpion vs. Tarantula's third album, they return again to Jim Diamond's studio in Detroit to seemingly do the impossible, capture the raw excitement of their live show on vinyl and compact disc. While "Claim to Fame" can't hope to simulate the feeling of being in the eye of a hurricane whenever lead singer L Hotshot jumps off the stage to stick her drawn-on face into yours, the album does afford some luxuries that a live show at a biker bar can't always deliver, like being able to make out the lyrics. You could've suspected a song introduced as "(My Baby Left Me For The) American Way" would be funny, and it is. But there's also vulnerability in L's being thrown over for capitalism, disbelief that being a one-percenter shouldn't be more important than being THE ONE. Plus, there are added hellish atmospherics in the middle of "Your Girl Ain't Nothing Like Me," which is one part The Whyte Boots getting dragged off to jail on "Nightmare" to two-part the Wicked Witch's "I'm melting" soliloquy. Not to be missed!

Scorpion Vs Tarantula – Claim To Fame LP (Self Released)
On their third full length, SVT continue their path of destruction all around the Phoenix metropolitan area, stomping on all of us puny humans like the Hulk on a rampage. They distribute their brand of bold Rock N’ Roll loud and fast: like a cannonball shot to the chest. Monster guitar hooks are still plentiful, drums and bass still set at thunder clap levels and the vocals are once again violently spewed all over your face. Raging Rock N’ Roll that will surely crack earth beneath the feet of where ever you happen to be listening to it! - Jay Castro

 

What if Joan Jett fronted the Dead Boys? If you have ever wondered the answer to that question, Scorpion vs Tarantula just might be answer. Claim To Fame, the third LP by SvT, is full of raw Rock N’ Roll energy, which is combination of the first two Dead Boys LP’s with some Bon Scott-era AC/DC thrown in for good measure. This band is the brainchild of ex-Chinese Millionaires guitar player and the singer, who looks like a Mad Max extra on stage, but together they lead the charge for this Rock N’ Roll foursome that clearly goes for the throat. – Ed Stuart

 

This is not your timid 20 something’s on stage staring at their sweat beads on the ground.   SVT bunch play earsplitting, express train punk Rock ‘N’ Roll the likes of which The Valley of the Sun has never seen before.  A singer that prowls around the stage in Blade Runner Replicant makeup programmed with Bon Scott venom and Joan Jett strut and a guitar player that was in one of the best garage punk bands of the mid 90’s, The Chinese Millionaires.  What more can a fanboy ask?   Grab on to something load bearing, I hear the air raid sirens, and the house is beginning to rumble.  Behold, the Scorpion vs. Tarantula Rock ‘N’ Roll hurricane is about to plug in.
(Click on Audio Ammunition for the full interview.)

 

"Scorpion vs. Tarantula is one of the most high energy shows ever."

Harter, bodenständiger, ungeschminkter Rock hatte in der Vergangenheit viele Gesichter, die uns im Gedächnis blieben. AC/DC, JOAN JETT, SONNY VINCENT, THE DONNAS, THE CRAMPS und THE HIVES zum Beispiel. In dieser Tradition sehen sich SCORPION vs. TARANTULA aus Phoenix. Ob sie sich ebenso unsterblich machen wie die eben Genannten, darf bezweifelt werden, obwohl ihr Sound wirklich gut ist. Trockener, aber lebendiger 60´s Garage-Trashrock ohne viel Schnörkel und überflüssiges Gedudel durchzieht die 11 Songs. Das ist der Sound, den man im "Sonic Ballroom" in Köln abzufeiern weiss. Die meisten der Stücke wurden in einem Take aufgenommen, ohne Overdubs. Allein das symbolisiert schon, dass es sich um Rock´n´Roll in seiner ursprünglichen Form handelt, der für überflüssigen Ballast und Bombast keinen Platz findet.Mein Sound ist das nicht, aber für Freunde dieses Genres und der genannten Bands ist die CD es absolut wert mal ein Ohr oder sogar zwei zu riskieren. CD kommt im Digipack. Micha.-

“The actual disc in this CD looks like a patch which is quite clever... This is the debut CD from this Phoenix garage/hard rock/punk band... Formed in 2009 the band rocks hard and this CD only examples the fact that they are force to be reckoned with... I enjoyed all the tracts on the CD and would like to point out that the band features the lovely Tana Satana on bass guitar although Fred Beiden recorded all the bass tracks on the CD. I strongly suggest you check out this CD.”

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