Monday, August 27, 2012

Snakes…Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?

Snake Thursday - Cruise Mode (2012)


I was sitting around with some friends this weekend, just a regular hang out session- eating pizza while listening to music followed by jam sessions and video games in the band room. But while we were eating I put on this band “Snake Thursday” and it suddenly got very quiet as everybody in the room was attentively listening to the fuzzy riffs and crashing cymbals galore (we couldn’t listen to the bass much ‘cause we were playing it on my iPhone’s tiny little speakers). Then, I looked at one of my friends, pizza in hand, and said “Dude, we’re such stoners!” and of course, everybody in the room starts laughing. I really enjoyed this album, “Cruise Mode” has a very southern stoner foundation but with some definite metal and punk influences sprinkled on top. They execute a good conversion between fast punk chord blasting to laid back stoner rock riffs, all tied together by a great and uplifting vocalist. The mixing is pretty damn good, I can hear each separate instrument clearly and the playing styles each have different characteristics.
I’m nuts about this album cover, it’s so simple and yet so god-damn perfect! It’s all in a little detail in the middle of the image. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before, well, probably because I downloaded the album and put it in my iTunes, where the album covers get tiny little thumbnails. I’m not going to ruin it for those who haven’t paid attention, but it’s the definite cherry on the top of the sundae that makes the album name and cover art become one.
Snake Thursday’s Cruise Mode is available in their bandcamp page for free, so get while their hot!
~Bernardo

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