Exposé Online banner

Snack Family — Bunny
(Slowfoot SLOLP037, 2018, LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-06-25

Bunny Cover art

Listening to Snack Family’s debut full-length, I was immediately reminded of the band Morphine. Snack Family features a lineup of guitar, sax, and drums, with both the guitar and the sax being the baritone variety, giving the music a very bass-heavy feeling, though sax man James Allsopp does contribute some alto sax and synthesizer to broaden the sound. The Morphine comparison gets stretched pretty thin with some of the tracks on the album, especially when guest singer Seaming To comes in on backing vocals, and at times it could be something like early Talking Heads with Nick Cave singing and a guest sax player. Guitarist Andrew Plummer uses his baritone in a variety of ways, sometimes handling the bass parts, sometimes chords or melodic lines, and he has a low-pitched, gruff voice that adds a measure of grit to the music. Tom Greenhalgh’s drumming is generally in a deliberate, basic style that locks in with the bass lines, though he does show subtlety when called for. Busy, tricky patterns are not his thing. Bunny is heavy, but not metal, and the riffs are both catchy and a little twisted, with unexpected notes and accents that keep the listener interested. “Love My Dog” is a particularly interesting case, with an insistent, dissonant guitar part, really unusual drum part, and a bass line on baritone guitar and sax that comes in for the second verse, hitting mostly offbeats. Then a weird synth part comes in with a part that expands on the bass line. The overall vibe of the tune is along the lines of Gang of Four (hints of “I Love a Man in Uniform”). If you’re looking for a new sound in arty post-punk rock, Snack Family is a great option.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Snack Family, Seaming To

More info
http://snackfamily.bandcamp.com/album/bunny

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Joy of Cooking - Joy of Cooking, Closer to the Ground, & Castles – Those looking for a 'good ole time' need look no further — funky West Coast psychedelia flavored country-rock to be found here. Equally rooted in the blues, this stuff is steeped in the tradition of...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues