With a slew of floor-stomping hits and sold-out shows, 2019 saw The Snuts cement their place as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands. Already taking 2020 by storm, the West Lothian indie four-piece very nearly broke regional box offices up and down the country with the announcement of an April UK & Ireland tour; after a sell out pre-sale, a further 1800 tickets for the Edinburgh general sale sold out in a lightning-speed of 6 seconds with upgrades for Manchester and Leeds announced shortly after due to high demand. We had the privilege of speaking to the chaps, read our full interview with The Snuts right here…
INTERVIEW WITH THE SNUTS
Who were your inspirations growing up?
The Snuts: We kinda draw inspiration from a lot of different musical styles, indie rock and roll was our bread and butter but everything from old soul tunes, house tracks and hip hop.
How did the band get together? You all met at school, right?
The Snuts: Yeah three of us were at the same nursery then we met Jack at the start of high school. Nobody else really played guitar apart from us and the metal heads so we naturally started playing together.
What is a “snut”?
The Snuts: Kinda ruins the mystery if I spill..
We saw you play YES last year (amazing) and appreciated your cover of Oasis’ Talk Tonight! Have you been inspired by any particular Manchester music scene?
The Snuts: Manchester obviously has a rich musical history, with some of the biggest indie bands coming straight from Manchester. Bands like Oasis and the Roses are massive for most working class kids who pick up a guitar, ourselves included. We do however work hard to create our own sound. It’s important to us to document the sounds of our time and make them our own. We have to be both culturally and sonically relevant, it can’t be the 90s for another 30 years.
Is the crowd always so wild?
The Snuts: We like to do our best.
You said you’ve recently added an acoustic part to your set just to catch your breath – could this influence your song-writing going forward?
The Snuts: Jack has always written songs on acoustics from when we were 14-15, so a lot of our songs actually started out there. It’s nice to strip back the effects and amps sometimes and let the bare bones of the song shine through. We’ve got a lot of acoustic in stores coming up to promote our new EP, so get down and see some stripped back versions of the new tracks.
What have been your experiences of Manchester so far?
The Snuts: We really enjoy coming to Manchester. The crowds can get pretty wild and always up for a party. Kinda the perfect vibe for a Snuts gig.
But there is definitely an unwritten rule about Northern bands appealing to Northern crowds…
The Snuts: We always get a warm reception in the north of England, I suppose it is kinda that thing where northern guitar music takes a bit longer to hit down south. There’s a definite resurgence in northern artists across the globe and we really try and make music with no borders, for everyone.
We’re a pop culture blog, so can you tell us the last good book you read, film you saw and music you listened to?
The Snuts: The Joker was the last film that hit pretty hard. The Godfather was my last plane read.
Nathaniel Rateliff & Tame Impalas new records haven’t been off either.
What does the future hold for The Snuts?
The Snuts: Bigger shows, bigger beats and a debut album.
Catch The Snuts at the below dates:
Mon 27th – Dublin, Button Factory
Wed 29th – Manchester, Academy 2 (Upgrade) SOLD OUT
Thurs 30th – London, Kentish Town Forum
Tues 5th – Cardiff, Globe
Wed 6th – Leeds, Leeds Stylus (Upgrade) SOLD OUT
Sat 9th – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
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