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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Record Review - The Snails

The Snails

Action Records CD

The debut album by the Grecians heavy/garage rockers is long awaited in some quarters, and certainly takes no prisoners. It comes out the traps with an outrageous fuzz guitar riff of ‘Sidewalks’, which set my pulse racing in next to no time.

They deviate from them on, showcasing a range of sounds. The Dead Kennedys/ Nomeansno style agit-rock is caught up in the guitar DNA on most tracks. ‘Haifa Nights’ take Middle Eastern scales are translates them to blues-wailin’ places. They cover ‘Five Years Ahead Of Their Time’, but alas add little to the original. However they do ‘Gypsy Woman’ and ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ to great effect. The playing is great throughout the LP, with the harmonica adding a new sound dimension to familiar musical tropes. I’m not overly sold on the singer’s voice, but you can’t have everything and I think the music is strong enough to compensate. They have some great songs, and there’s plenty of psychedelic overtones completing the mix.

Fuzz fans and blues rockers who like a bit of oomph in their riffs and phlegm in their face should check these guys out.

Phil Istine

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