Volume 93, Issue 89
Friday, March 17, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Snapcase preaching their Design for life
Gazette file photo
THIS IS THE LAST TIME WE GET ONE HOTEL ROOM FOR THE FIVE OF US. Fresh from firing their tour manager, Buffalo punksters Snapcase make an appearacne at Call the Office Monday.
By Dale Wyatt
One name change and many band members later, Buffalo punk band Snapcase have found much deserved success within the music industry.
"We started out in [a band in] '89 called Solid State. We then changed our name around '91 and I'm the only remaining original member," says Snapcase vocalist Daryl Taberski.
Soon after, Snapcase joined forces with the small Chicago-based label Victory Records.
"We started sending out demos and got a response from a couple of different labels and Victory was one of them," Taberski recalls. "They were interested in working with us, so we started working with them around 1992."
The band broke onto the scene playing shows in the Buffalo area, where other local bands had a large impact on them musically.
"Original influences were everything from Social Distortion to Minor Threat. Also, a hard-core band in Buffalo called Zero Tolerance, who we had played with a couple times, was a big influence," Taberski says.
One thing separating these five guys from your typical band is their aggressive musical style and their intelligent writing. "Our lyrics for the past six years have been mostly about individualism," Taberski explains. "They're about being aware and overcoming all the distractions around us that limit the way we think and that limit the way in which we develop as people."
Snapcase's decision to start taking music seriously was not a conscious one. "We always just had fun writing music, going out touring and playing live. I think that because we enjoyed it so much and because we didn't expect much is the reason we've done so well," Taberski laughs. "If there was any one moment where we realized the extent of our success, it was when we first went to Europe in 1994. We never expected in a million years that we would go overseas. It was a real surprise to us."
Taberski recalls the daunting experience of going on tour with the Deftones. "The whole Deftones tour was very humbling for us. At that time, we had finished headlining a bunch of tours and when you headline, people come out to see you. This tour gave us the chance to play to a lot of people who had never heard us before."
Snapcase are returning to their roots and revisiting the small stage. "I like mixing big stadium shows with the small club scene it keeps it more interesting that way. They are both very different experiences," Taberski says. "Most of the time I prefer the small intimate setting though. To me there is a lot more intensity because you and the audience are right in each other's face."
Despite recent tours with heavier bands, Snapcase's new album, Designs For Automotion, carries more of a punk feel than their previous albums. "Since there's three years between the two albums, there is a certain amount of change that we've gone through," Taberski reveals. "It has more melody and breakdowns then we had on previous albums. Also, on previous efforts there were only one or two people writing all the songs, but on this one everyone contributed."
So, what does the future hold for Snapcase? "I have no idea where we are going in the future. [We're taking it] one day at a time," he laughs. "All I know is that we have some heavy touring planned. We'll probably all quit when it becomes less interesting and not fun any more."
Taberski assures that anyone who attends the show at Call the Office Monday, will be moved by an intense experience. "We promise to be very sweaty on stage and hopefully the crowd will be as well."
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