There’s been a “primal” quality to the rumble of hype building around the release of The Amazing Snakeheads’ debut album. Perhaps that’s because it’s been a while since a Scottish band took their homegrown following and turned it into world domination and the ‘Snakeheads look like being the next to follow suit. If that’s their plan then they’re in good company with their debut album set to be released on April ’14 via Domino Records, home to fellow Celtic trailblazers Franz Ferdinand.
Another reason for the buzz could be the contrast of “Amphetamine Ballads” to the majority of indie releases of recent years. Refreshingly divorced from the skinny-jeaned bearded-hipsters that seem to currently dominate the indie landscape, the album is stark and metallic, stripped-back to the bare bones punk that echoes through the brain. Basically, if you’re looking for another Fratellis then jog on. That said, there’s certainly some future pub anthems on the record but they aren’t the sort sung in pubs that offer a 7 course grazing menu on a Sunday for £40 a head. No, these are the sort of anthems that are the soundtrack to a much grittier underground scene.
All of this might have something to do with the fact that each of the band have a few years on your average band. It’s not quite last chance saloon but there’s certainly an urgency and directness to the whole album best exhibited in the line “She’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, and she f**king knows it” from the opener “I’m a Vampire” . That’s not to say that the album is devoid of artistic finesse. Certainly the track “Memories” carries stripped back remainnents of Roxy Music’s “Do The Strand” and closer “Tiger By The Tail” carries surprising flamenco flourishes channeled via Leonard Cohen.
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