Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat. What made you decide to start the band?
A mutual love of The Amazing Snakeheads, Buckfast and gigging.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Charlie (lead vocals/guitar) and Ollie (bass/guitar) We’ve been in all sorts of bands together since we met at college. We really click together musically so it’s always been easy working together.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
We’re not sick of it (yet) but people regularly pronounce our name as “Snacks” and we’ve had our fair share of snack-related questions.
We have set up RGM USA sharing USA music with the UK scene and vice versa, what are your thoughts on the UK music scene?
The UK Punk scene is absolutely thriving with so many important artists at the forefront such as Bob Vylan, Witch Fever and Nova Twins.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
The chorus hook in ‘Song 2’ by Blur was written by pigeons. I’m onto you, Damon.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the unsigned scene?
LibraLibra, Kid Kapichi and Monakis. Three bands we play with and watch regularly. They blow us away every time we see them and truly believe they’ll all be massive.
What useless party trick/talent do you have?
Ollie: I can eat a meal deal in under a minute. Indigestion? Not once.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We supported Kid Kapichi at their sold-out London date at Scala in November. It was pure joy and we were received so well by the audience. I think our happiness definitely rubbed off on them.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We haven’t really had any really bad experiences on stage (yet), but I’ve had crowd surfers land and stamp on my pedalboard and it’s truly horrifying.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I think we surprise a lot of people with how laid back we are off stage. Our live shows are incredibly intense and ferocious, so a lot of people are often shocked when they meet us after a show.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
We come in peace but the live shows sometimes look a bit violent…
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Ollie: I’m constantly dodging Charlie on stage, he likes to keep me (and the audience) on their toes.
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
Charlie: The copious amount of Buckfast consumed on gig night can often lead to nightmarish scenarios…
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
I think most of all it’s our energy both on and off stage. Onstage we’re incredibly intense and active throughout our performance. Offstage, we’re super motivated and love supporting live music. We’re always on the scene meeting people and watching shows.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Can’t say the virus)
The London ULEZ charges. When playing shows in London, we go up around 15:00 and leave just after midnight so always end up being charged twice as it falls under the next day. It feels very frustrating as artists on a shoestring budget. It should be a charge to cover a 24 hour period. Rant over.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
We sometimes cover Doorman by Slowthai and that always gets a great reception.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Our new single Cigarette is a fiery, gut-punch of a track that centres upon the feelings of being addicted to unhealthy relationships & breaking bad habits.
The track has a catchy riff and vocal hook that rips and repeats throughout the track with urgency and intensity.
It’s a track that really excites us and we hope listeners will feel the same.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Charlie: The writing process was actually really straightforward. Ollie had a great riff and the vocal melodies just fell straight into place for me with ease. The part that took longest to write was actually the chorus hook. We originally only had the backing vocals in the chorus section but couple days before we took it to the recording studio I just had an itch that it needed something else. We sat down and after 20 minutes the song was complete.
What was the recording process like?
We’re regulars at Brighton Electric Studios where the track was produced and recorded by Josh Harrison. Josh is such an incredible producer and makes recording one of our favourite things. We also used one more amp than Royal Blood and the building was literally shaking.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, we’re really happy with how the song has come out! We love the track as it is and now we will shift our focus to the next track we’re writing. Reevaluating is an important part of songwriting but there’s a danger that if you spend too much time over-optimising, you’ll never move forward and grow.
What are your plans for the year ahead?Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
We’ve got a few gigs in January including a headline date at Green Door Store on the 29th. Then we’re on tour in February and you can get tickets at snayx.com! We have more big news to follow, so make sure you’re following us on all the socials and Spotify/Amazon Music/Apple Music etc.