Solo pop explorations from Mark Ryan of the Marked Men! (yes, we used the same tag-line for the 7", but it was too appropriate not to recycle!) Around the time Denton, TX legends Marked Men were entering into their current state of semi- hibernation, co- singer/songwriter/ guitarist Mark Ryan decided he wanted to go in a slightly different direction for his next project, with recordings handled mostly by himself, and a fluid lineup of musicians to back him live. After an extremely well received 7" on Dirtnap (released before the live version of the band had played a single show), Mind Spiders follow it up with a full length that doesn't begin to disappoint. Intelligent, highly crafted songwriting with lots of twists and turns, meticulously recorded at home with Mark himself playing most of the instruments. Pop with brains and substance, catchy stuff that isn't afraid to spread out a bit and reflect a wide range of influences and interests. A little 60's pop here, a little lo-fi there, a little weirdo-in-his- bedroom-with-a-4-track in other places. And if the opening song, Go!, sounds a bit like the Marked Men, that's because that band recorded a version of it for their last LP, which was left off at the last minute. The live version of Mind Spiders is a different beast entirely. It's a regular Denton/Ft. Worth all star band, with members of Bad Sports, High Tension Wires, Uptown Bums, Marked Men and a lot more, made unique in the fact that there are TWO drummers (Greg Rutherford of Bad Sports/High Tension Wires and Mike Throneberry of the Marked Men), lending a rather explosive element to the proceedings. January 2011's release of The Mind Spiders debut LP marks the beginning of yet another year of fruitful collaboration between Dirtnap Records and the seemingly never ending stream of bands from the great state (republic?) of Texas. February will see the release of the 3rd LP from longtime Marked Men/Reds/Riverboat Gamblers side project The High Tension Wires. March will see the Dirtnap debut from Denton/Austin's The Bad Sports, 2/3rds of whom also play in both The High Tension Wires and the live version of The Mind Spiders. Houston's Something Fierce just wrapped up recording a monster of a 3rd LP, which we'll be releasing in April. All these bands and more will be playing Dirtnap Records' SXSW Showcase in March, come check it out!