Atlanta’s SNOOT has been creating offbeat alternative music using every possible tool in the toolbag since 2011 after a decade of solo work by founder R. Garcia. Incorporating 8-bit samples and synth programming, huge melodic guitar work and booming drums, he and Kayla Webb easily fill a huge amount of space with only a handful of people.
Their latest offering is a selection of covers that showcases the band’s energy and diversity through a great selection of cover songs from a wide variety of genres. The wispy harmonies on their version of T.Rex’s “Mambo Sun” quickly give way to energetic guitar work that hints at the intensity of their live show. This is followed, and confirmed, by a blistering rendition of Nirvana’s “Breed”.
One of the best things about this selection of covers is that it refuses to underestimate the intelligence of the listener, and this is evidenced by a clever 8-bit treatment of hip hop legends The Beastie Boys’s The Maestro that even recreates the original phone call sampled at the beginning using the creator’s voice instead.
Song of Storms -- yes, the song from Nintendo’s masterful Ocarina of Time -- showcases some incredible guitar playing from Garcia, who effortlessly blazes an interpolation of the instantly recognizable melody, making it obvious why he’s had the opportunity to share the stage with art-guitar legend Adrian Belew. They follow this with a cover from nerd rock heroes They Might Be Giants’ catalog “She Thinks She’s Edith Head” that is sure to get your head bobbing or you just might not have a pulse.
Closing out the album there is a foray into the more abstract side of rock with Kayla Webb singing a bone-chilling cover of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” followed by a ridiculously gnarly imagining of the Carpenter’s “Close to You” that sounds a little bit like NiN, your favorite death metal band and an angry Super Nintendo got into a fight that nobody could win.
Some bands just make you say, "What on EARTH are these folks’ influences?” SNOOT is one of them and throughout this album they show you the answer quite simply: awesome rock songs with catchy melodies and wonderful craftsmanship that have both edge and smarts."
All songs recorded by Randy Garcia at Ruby Sound in Atlanta, GA except "No Surprises" recorded by Chris Tollack at Clemson University, SC and "Breed" recorded by Aaron Hendrickson at the Rat Hole in Atlanta GA.
Mixed and mastered by Randy Garcia at Ruby Sound in Atlanta GA.