Thursday, 7 June 2012

Songs for Snakes - Charcoal Heather (2012)

Songs for Snakes come out of San Francisco (Kenny why haven't you told me about these?) and make music that just blows the cob webs out of my head. When I listen to this I hear Husker Du, Moving Targets, Asexuals, Jawbreaker, The Replacements...... so it can't be bad!

The band comprise: -

Bill Taylor - Guitar/Vocals
Nick Waters - Bass
Paul Furusho - Drums

Undoubtedly the major comparison that will be made here is with Husker Du; Bill's guitar playing is full of the distortion and melodies that Bob used to spit out in the 80's.

That decades alternative college radio would have gone mad for Songs for Snakes had they been around at the time. The blend they concoct with hooks dripping off the guitar, the beautifully rumbling bass and thundering drums is as close to perfection as I've heard in some time. They are exciting, captivating and wholly satisfying. I love this; it's amazingly good. There isn't a bad track on this album and they've been switching place as to which is my favourite constantly.

To me this is pure punk; classic, melodious, catchy as hell and one that I can sing along with to my hearts content.

Two of the bands releases are available here and you get to choose how much you pay for them. I've bought both of them. If you like this then support the band and buy one of the best releases of the year in Charcoal Heather. Sleep through this is also very good btw.

Have a listen if you don't believe me how good this is. My favourite tracks at the moment are:  Charcoal Heather, The Most Documented Man and FEAR


  1. Hahahaha sooo funny. Mainey (talkpunk) sent me some files of these guys and the first thing I thought was Moving Targets, Husker. Never seen them play and in fact that was the first time I have heard of them. They do have some Jawbreaker in their too. Good band!

  2. :)

    I've been playing the thing to death it!!!

  3. Cheers for the links Neil, this group is great.
    Love virtually all tracks and the rest are just good.

  4. You're welcome Mage. Good to hear you like it also.