Steal This Track: UMS exclusive edition, featuring Snake Rattle Rattle SnakeBy Eryc Eyl | July 20th, 2011 | 2 comments
Denver music lovers have waited a long time for a full-length album from Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, last year’s top finisher in the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase poll. That wait will end next month, with the release of “Sineater” on the band’s own Glow & Arrow records, with help from Greater Than Collective, the new Denver label founded by Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records, Andy Thomas of Tin Horn Prayer (among many others) and Pete Turner of Illegal Pete’s. Ordinary folks can get their hands on the CD on August 20 at the Bluebird Theater. However, you — lucky Reverb reader and follower of Steal This Track — won’t have to wait that long. You can steal a sneak preview right now, only from Reverb.
Fans of the sextet’s previous work — the kinetic drum attack of veteran Andrew Warner, the ringing guitars of Doug Spencer and Wilson Helmericks, the prominent bass of James Yardley and the femme fatale vocals of Hayley Helmericks — will find plenty of what they love on “Sineater,” but the album’s 10 tracks also prove there’s more to the band than its previous EP and 7″ have revealed.
While dark, sexy and powerful tracks like “NOPD” and “Warning” hew close to the spacey noir pop Snake Rattle Rattle Snake has perfected, “Break the Same” and the epic “Kafka and the Milk” show the band spreading its freaky wings to explore the groovy id that hides beneath its well-groomed ego. The album has its slow points — “Adoration” and “Paperskin” seem to lack the sincere sensuality of the rest — but its a satisfying listen all the way through. Just to wet your lips, steal “Break the Same.” Turn off the lamp, silence your phone, light some candles and enjoy it with a goblet of blood-red wine.
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake performs on the Sailor Jerry Main Stage in the Goodwill parking lot at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 as part of The 11th annual UMS. Click here to view the full line-up and buy tickets — $40 for a four-day wristband.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.