Since their forming, the Twistin' Tarantulas have gone from a Sunday night side project to a full-time nationally touring act. Pistol Pete Midtgard, the lead singer, upright bassist, and main creative force is the sole survivor of the original band line-up. Like his idol, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of Motörhead, Pete's name and his band's name have become synonymous.
Numerous local shows and the occasional national and international tours kept the band busy until they finally stepped into the studio and released Attack of the Twistin Tarantulas in 1996, followed a couple of years years later by Welcome to Our Underworld. In 2002, Pete Midtgard and band returned to the studio, but a rash of bad news kept them from completing the third album. Midtgard's father died, the revolving door for drummers and guitar players kept turning, and Midtgard had been diagnosed with cancer of the bladder. Pete, (who never canceled a gig because of his illness) didn't want any help paying his bills but local friends/bands like the Starlight Drifters and the Brothers Groove organized a benefit concert, and when they asked Midtgard for a name for the event he gave them Bladderfest. The event occurred in December 2002 and Midtgard and the new Tarantulas finished the third album and relesased it in 2003.
Playing mostly their own material, the band journeys across the American musical landscape playing a hybrid of Jump-Blues and Rockabilly with a modern Punk edge avoiding most of the cliché associated with Rockabilly bands.
- Vinyl release of Subtle Sophisticated Sounds on colored vinyl with digital download card (2015) Website
- Subtle Sophisticated Sounds of The Twistin' Tarantulas (2015) Website
- El Destroyo (2003) iTunes Amazon Google Play
- Welcome to Our Underworld (1999) iTunes Amazon Google Play
- Attack Of The Twistin' Tarantulas (1996) iTunes Amazon Google Play