Timid Crusher (2018)
Crystal Vapour Figure is the third full length album I've reviewed by Songs For Snakes. Every time I listen to them, I can't help but wonder why they aren't a bit more well known that they seem to be. This is a band playing the kind of killer, working class, melodic punk rock that you'd think would really resonate with a certain section of older punks, namely the ones that worship at the alters of Jawbreaker and Leatherface.
Now, that's not to say that Songs for Snakes are a carbon copy of either of those bands. If anything, Jawbreaker and Leatherface are touchstones and influences on the sound of Songs For Snakes. The Snakes take things their own direction, really owning the melodic side of the punk rock section. They build their guitar riffs creating music that shows energy, while keeping the vocals somewhat vulnerable, yet still teeming with bitterness and rage. It's a unique balancing act and one of the things that really sets Songs For Snakes apart from the sort of thing you'd hear on No Idea.
Frankly, Songs For Snakes are probably one of the more under appreciated bands out there. Every record they've put out is great and they seem to get better every time they release a new one. Crystal Vapour Figure is their best so far and is really worth checking out if you're not familiar with the band. I want them to sell enough records to keep putting out new ones for a long, long time.
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