The Snails - 'The Snails' (Beluga Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:40

snailscover300Oh baby, let's get groovy! Turn up that fuzzed-up guitar, remember to keep the snare drum tight, and why not add some funked-out harmonica to proceedings as we shimmer and shake our collective backsides to The Snails.  

 

'Sidewalks' is the guilty opener that sets the tone from the get go and whilst it might have one foot traditionally wedged in the psychedelic past this retro baby has got some mean kick in its Cuban heels.

 

I might have had too much to dream last night but 'Doves' kicks my rear with its addictive guitar shimmer and lick and that bass line is mesmerizing. It's at this point that the album takes a side swerve for sure and the extended bass workout that is the intro to 'Haifa Nights' lulls you into a dreamlike state before that familiar shimmering guitar kicks in along with some Arabian harmonica honks and your mind starts to bend. Was that really only four minutes? Wow...

 

'I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time' follows suit as this garage rock lark just gets on with it. Never mind being five years ahead this would have been behind the times had it been swinging its shit in some swanky West End drinking den round the back of Piccadilly Circus with its afghan dragging behind it, but the harmonica is its saving grace. 'Tramp' has the teardrop shimmering again and a simple song ebbs and flows nicely.

 

The Snails pack fourteen songs into this album and the harmonica gets the thumbs up from this scribe especially on 'Tide' and the groovy 'Coffin'. The songs never overstay their welcome and most barely break the three minute barrier so it's not possible to get bored and there is plenty of variety in the tempo and the style of what's on offer (within a genre, obviously).

 

'Satisfaction Guaranteed' starts off like some psychedelic 'TV Eye' whilst 'Universal Soldier' carries the torch for the Cramps with its buzzsaw guitar and simple groove: for me it's the standout track on offer, along with the next track, 'Pollution', which wears a full bodied guitar fuzz that goes all Poison Ivy on us, however it's the final track, 'Surfazat', that intrigues me, starting off with a full thirty seconds of harmonica honking before the rest of the band kicks in and you just knew this was going to be void of any vocals as the bass walks all over the track quickly chased by the guitar lick - it's traditional surf rock and I'm down with that.  

 

It's a crazy record and one that deserves some love and attention from the listener but the rewards are most definitely there.

 

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