It’s four years since the release of their debut album and after telling fans that they would have a new album out “sometime soon…”, The Snakes decided to call it just that. So having made everyone wait for so long, have the band Mark Lamarr described as “phenomenal” proved worth waiting for…? Fortunately, the answer is a very definite yes.
Although the album contains a couple of weak songs, in particular the completely out of place “Refrigerator Blues”, these are greatly outweighed by several absolute gems. Most notable amongst these are “Cumberland Breeze” and “Tin Foil Town”, though there are several others of equal note which help to make this such an enjoyable listen.
Lead singer Simon Moor wrote eight of the 12 tracks on the album with an additional co-writing credit, and there is a definite country rock slant to much that he has written, particularly on tracks like “We Can Fly”, “Tin Foil Town” and “Amaretto”. There are also some excellent ballads here, none more so than the opening track, “Interview”, which allows Moor to show off his vocal talents.
The excellent backing band of Richard Davies, Dan Tilbury, Pete Smart and Johnny O all perform admirably whilst allowing Moor and the lyrics to remain at the forefront of the songs. Much of the credit for this must go to producer Nick Beere who has kept things simple and understood the importance of the lyrics, a task that is too often overlooked.
Released by Red Eye Music this is definitely an album to look out for. The Snakes have a handful of tour dates this month, and more are sure to follow, so keep an eye on the gig guide for what should be a night to remember.
Release date: September 27