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Albums Of The Week: Snõõper | Super Snōōper

Somewhere between a punkier Dickies, a double-time Devo and a psychedelic trip, these Nashville punks specialize in short-fused firecrackers for our ADHD existence.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Nashville DIY punk outfit Snõõper are a band who make 45 RPM music in a 33 ⅓ RPM world — and then play it at 78 RPM. They maintain super-precise instrumentals and skillfully melodic vocals, even though they’re flooring it almost the entire time. Snõõper don’t play fast; they play at the speed of Snõõper. Formed in 2020 by vocalist/visual artist Blair Tramel and guitarist Connor Cummins, Snõõper’s initial recordings were released on DIY labels. Although not originally intended as a performance project, the duo brought these recordings to life with the additions of Cam Sarrett (drums), Happy Haugen (bass) and Ian Teeple (guitar).

Snõõper are known for their raucous live show which integrates many different artistic mediums — music, video art, puppetry, assemblages, and more — to create a unique experience for each performance. The full band made their live debut in September 2021 and have been touring the world ever since, opening for the likes of Amyl And The Sniffers, Lil Ugly Mane, Snail Mail and more.

Super Snõõper was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. It follows the EPs Music For Spies (2020), Snõõper (2021) and Town Topic (2022), as well as the live album Live At Exit​/​In 11​-​23​-​22, released in February. Given the brief glimpses into Snõõper’s music from their 7”s, EPS, and thrilling live performances, one might wonder if the group could hold the line for a full album. The answer is an enthusiastic yes. In the words of Henry Rollins, “Speaking selfishly, I want Snõõper to hurry up and make another album. Super Snõõper is a really cool record.”

The first single Pod is high octane, with Tramel at the wheel questioning: “Big shot / Big shot / I got a question / Who sees / Who sees / Society’s infection.” The accompanying video, featuring collage art and claymation, was directed and animated by Owen Summers. Tramel explains: “Pod was written over the pandemic, when people only felt comfortable being around other members of their ‘pod.’ It’s wild to think about that as a concept in hindsight. When we formed our pods, however, our anxieties began to multiply and everything felt so extreme. Our pods confirmed and echoed our worst fears. Everything felt dark and all anyone could do was blame someone else for why we all felt so bad.”