JANE HERSHIPS (fka Spider) shares astronaut inspired new track ‘Scott Carpenter’, new album out February 28th

February 11, 2020
Photo by Sara Graham


New song ‘Scott Carpenter’ shared, a sparkling ode to the astronaut

Artist formerly known as Spider set to release new album The Home Record

New York’s Jane Herships has shed her previous moniker and re-emerged with her most personal and beautiful album to date, entitled The Home Record, out 28th February. The artist formerly known as Spider also today shares the second song from the new record, ‘Scott Carpenter’. Pre-order the album here:

I wrote this song after having read about the life of of astronaut Scott Carpenter and feeling really inspired,” explains Herships. “His life was dedicated to exploration and science strictly for the purpose of expanding his knowledge of the world around him. I wish that there were more people today in the public eye that were celebrated for their curiosity and wonder. There is so much to learn and explore in this world and I want to feel inspired by the people who are brave enough to do that and that in itself is beautiful.

She continues: “I asked artist Arielle Sarnoff to make the video for this song. Her work is really whimsical and beautiful and she is really good at telling a story.  But there is also a mischievous or fun quality to a lot of her videos and images so I thought she could have fun with this song.

Chances are, if you’ve been to any shows in North Brooklyn in the past decade, you’ve seen Jane Herships. She’s the striking bassist in a chin-length bob and boots, who has played bass with countless bands around town, most notably as the original bassist for alt-rock sister act TEEN.

Growing up in up in a TV-free home in Maplewood, New Jersey, music was always second nature to Herships. She recalls singing in the car on road trips with her mother, and learning “chopsticks” on the piano from a cool uncle who played keyboards with The Who. Later, at an all-girls school, she sang in her choirs’ acapella group; at age 14, she began teaching herself how to play guitar.

As a young adult, it didn’t take long for Herships to become quickly established in Brooklyn’s indie music scene, making a name for herself playing at Glasslands, Zebulon, 285 Kent and other now-defunct DIY spots and beloved venues of Williamsburg’s musical heyday.

Upon releasing her first album, The Way to Bitter Lake, which famed Aquarius Records of San Francisco called “absolutely gorgeous”, Herships began touring extensively, soon after picking up the bass and honing her skills as an instrumentalist.

Two solo albums later, Herships presents her third solo album, The Home Record, marking brave new territory. She’s shed her former moniker, “Spider,” and stepped out of the shadows with a collection of intensely personal songs. Mixed by producer Marin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmut), Herships spins a web of haunting indie-folk that strikes the delicate balance between dreaminess and despair. Here, she develops her signature sound that defies pigeonholing—her music is more of a feeling, not a genre. It’s a teenage girl discovering her older brother’s Pavement CD. It’s like Iron & Wine for one-night stands. In Herships’ world, lilting lullabies get a hit of reverb—she calls on Mazzy Star and the Cure in equal parts. Fans who think Joni Mitchell was punk will appreciate the nuance of Herships’ approach on sparse chords and breathless vocals. It’s a world where softness has edge and clarity comes out of haze, like a picture coming into focus.

This time, the chords strike a little harder and her voice sounds a little sweeter as it ruminates on what it takes to rebuild one’s life in the wake of heartbreak. The name The Home Record is literally a riff on “home wrecker,” and how we do this in own lives, only to be left to rebuild a new foundation out of the wreckage. Good thing it’s a long, gorgeous road home.


Resembling The Neighbors
Summer Moon
Best Friends
Small Town Girls
Love Isn’t Real
Scott Carpenter

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