Snuffy Smile (2018)
Every time I stumble across a new Snuffy Smile release, I’m both relieved and excited that the label is still chugging along after all these years. They are responsible for so many records that I love and I would be really bummed out if they ever stopped completely. That said, I can’t say that this is my favorite release that they’ve put out.
On one side of the record we have three songs from The Invisible Teardrops. They’ve put out a few releases on Snuffy Smile at this point, but they just haven’t managed to capture my attention the way other bands have. The first of their three songs, “Someone Wrote You a Letter,” is pretty bad. It’s a slow, organ heavy song that just kind of sits there and never goes anywhere. Luckily, the next one, “Run, Run, Run Away” picks up the pace quite a bit. It’s catchy and energetic and while I still don’t love it, it’s a decent enough song. They close out with a song called “Cool Out” which was either recorded live or is a super lo-fi recording. It’s better than the first song on this 7”, but not as good as the second. It’s OK, but nothing special.
On the flip side we have Tony’s Bite. They also contribute three songs to the split. Their first one “Black City” is pretty heavy on the garage scale with a slick riff in the verse and and some lead guitar shenanigans in the break. “Brains Out” is more of the same with a dark repetitive guitar riff that reminds me a little bit of Gas Huffer for some reason. Last up is “Nard Play” which like the other two is also kind of dark and built off of a finger lifting guitar riff. Honestly I can’t say any of these songs really jumped out as anything that I could see myself listening to very often. I will always support Snuffy Smile, but I personally prefer when they release pop punk records as opposed to garage-y stuff like this.