Volume 93, Issue 53
Thursday, December 2, 1999
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
The Deadly Snakes shed their stereotypes
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NO, WE WILL NOT MAKE OUT WITH YOU. The young and sexy Deadly Snakes bring their brand of rock 'n' roll to the Embassy this Friday night.
By Shawn Despres
Some deadly snakes use their venom to paralyze and kill their victims. Toronto's The Deadly Snakes use their brand of venomous rock 'n' roll to paralyze crowds long enough to turn them on to the group's awesome sound.
After forming in 1997, the band released a couple of singles on Crazy Money Records before signing a record deal with the San Francisco label, Sympathy For The Record Industry.
"Sympathy heard us and asked if they could release an album by us," states organist Max Danger. "We were really impressed by their good reputation and distribution, so we headed into the studio and recorded our first album this past January."
Love Undone, released last May, has brought the Snakes acclaim on both local and global scales, as it was well received in Canada, the United States, Germany and Japan.
The sounds on the album are best described as straight-up rock 'n' roll. This style doesn't sit well in an industry which requires sub-genres and titles in order to market its various products.
As a result, the band has been faced with several different stereotypes over the course of their existence. "We're a rock band," Danger explains.
"We have horns, an organ, a guitar, bass and drums. We're not trying to be some groundbreaking new rock band and we're not trying to rehash anything old. Anyone who thinks that we're trying to do some retro thing is full of shit.
"We sometimes get called 'garage rock'. This is due in part to Sympathy being considered a bit of a garage label. It's also because our album was produced by Greg Oblivian and he has a history with garage music," he continues. "We like garage music, but we're not garage."
When the band first started, most of the guys were too young to get into the clubs they were playing in. However, with the average age of the band rising, Danger says this is the perfect time for the group to be exploring their musical options.
"Our drummer is still in high school, but he's failed so many times that I don't know how old he is," Danger jokes. "The average age of the rest of the band is 21, which makes this the perfect age to do this. At this point in our lives, we don't have anything tying us down. Our only real responsibility is to pay rent."
The Snakes will be playing their first ever London show tomorrow the first of four shows they'll be opening for the Thrush Hermit farewell tour.
"We've become pretty good friends with Thrush Hermit and are definitely fans of their music. They've been around for a long time so we feel pretty honoured that they would invite us to come along and play with them. It should be a lot of fun."
After their short stint with the Hermits, the band will only play a handful of shows over the next couple of months. During this time they plan to service MuchMusic with a video for the song "Shake By The Riverside," which will feature three years worth of live footage.
In May, the group plans on performing a full West Coast tour and then hope to head into the studio to record their sophomore album.
"Our only form of practicing is playing live, so we want to set out on tour for a couple of weeks before heading back into the studio. This way we'll be in top musical form to record our next record."
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