The Amazing Snakeheads
The Amazing Snakeheads are a three piece rock band from Glasgow, I discovered this band a few months ago with the song “Here It Comes Again” as I’m writing this The Amazing Snakeheads have had a line up change with the lead singer Dale Barclay the only original member from the debut album, with bassist and drummer having departed. This album has its own unique feeling of energy, its bassy, sleazy, aggressive, bold, it’s the sound of after dark, its rock n roll noir, it could be the soundtrack to the greatest film noir detective movie that’s never been made, you can imagine silhouetted figures in the streets trying to solve a tragic, gruesome murder as your listening to their debut Amphetamine Ballads . They have been compared to Nick Cave/The Birthday Party and you can hear that, but you can also hear the story telling of Arab Strap on this record. But The Amazing Snakeheads live off of their own passion and ferocious style on this record not the sound of others.
The album opens with “I’m A Vampire” a gong announcing the arrival of the guttural tones of Barclay. The Amazing Snakeheads exude confidence and swagger on this record, but the album is filled with pain and regret in equal parts. “Swamp Song” (not an Oasis cover) the bass churns along, almost a warning or threat to anyone listening “you better pray that you don’t meet me” screams Barclay. “Swamp Song” has the sound of musical psychosis, the whole album has the feeling of a descent into madness, but that’s what makes Amphetamine Ballads such a killer debut album.
“Every Guy Wants To Be Her Baby” sounds like a painful memory that is being extracted through interrogation as the past spills out of front man Dale Barclays mouth, with the saxophone adding a new darker dimension to the song . To get the sound of complete anguish on to record is no easy task but The Amazing Snakeheads achieve this listening to “Heading For Heartbreak” that stuff can’t be faked folks . The album has a minimalist sound but this makes it all the more powerful, especially on last track “Tiger By The Tail” where the sparseness of the instruments makes the song stronger and even more chilling .