Thursday, June 21, 2012

Songs For Snakes - Charcoal Heather CD

Timid Crusher (2012)

Though mentioned a few times in the past on this website, I should give a proper plug to the Wilfully Obscure blog ( In addition to digging up past relics, they do occasionally feature a new band and while I certainly don't like everything that's posted, I have been introduced to a few great bands from this site. The most recent of these discoveries is Songs For Snakes. I know it probably goes without saying that I would prefer this had come out on vinyl, but at least it's not cassette only.

Charcoal Heather is a CD full of what I'm going to call Old Guy Punk. This is not to be derisive in anyway, in fact it's one of the highest compliments I can pay a band these days, being an old guy myself. This is a band that conjures memories of a prime Jawbreaker or a more streamlined Leatherface. Melodic raspy vocals with powerful guitars and the kind of hooks you just don't hear from the kids anymore. It's a self released album, the band has no delusions of grandeur and you can tell they're making music because they love music, not because they think they're the next big thing. You can buy the album direct from the band via their bandcamp page on the cheap. Heck, the singer Bill put this in the mail for me before I even sent him the money for it via PayPal.  I wouldn't recommend he do that for everyone, there are some bad people on the internet...

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