Los Angelenos, Silver Snakes, will see their debut, Pictures of a Floating World, released on vinyl by Animal Style Records (Thrice, O’Brother) on July 24th, 2012. The album, which was produced by Steve Choi of Rx Bandits and engineered and mixed by Roger Camero of No Motiv, was released digitally and on CD in late 2011 via Siren Records. The album will be released on forest green, white and clear with black smoke vinyl and will include a code for digital download, which will include the exclusive digital single “Old Light” featuring 2 brand new tracks produced by Silver Snakes’ vocalist/guitarist, Alex Estrada, whose previous recording credits include Touche’ Amore, Joyce Manor, and Nails. Silver Snakes will celebrate the release with an in-store performance at Origami Vinyl, in Echo Park, on July 19th, at 7pm, where the vinyl will be available for the first time. The band will then play Sound & Fury Festival in Santa Barbara that weekend, along with Touche’ Amore, Comeback Kid, and Ceremony. Look for the band on tour with Aeges, in July. Finally, they will also join this year’s version of The Fest in Gainesville, FL alongside Lagwagon, Braid, and La Dispute.
About Silver Snakes
We’re in uncharted territory right now — when any group of kids with a pair of Ray Bans, sporting tank tops emblazoned with big neon writing, and musical touchstones that go back no further than Blink 182 is now considered a punk band.
It’s more than a little refreshing then that the guys in the LA-based group Silver Snakes can not only name check bands like At The Drive and Quicksand as musical influences, but can actually play songs that would fit quite nicely in a crate of vinyl alongside those same bands at any point in the early 90’s.
Officially christened in 2010, the band’s origin story goes back years earlier when frontman/guitarist Alex Estrada began writing many of the songs that would make it on their debut while still a member of the band Cathedrals. Having pulled in drummer Daniel Pouliot, guitarist Jeremiah Bignell and bassist Mike Trujillo to join his new crew, the foursome took to task building up a collection of catchy post-hardcore songs that manage to pay just as much attention to the lyrics as they do to the blissfully steady guitars and rhythm section.
With the songs that would eventually make it onto Pictures of a Floating World close to complete, the group called on genre veterans and fellow musicians Steve Choi of Rx Bandits to produce the record and Roger Camero of No Motiv to mix and engineer the tracks. The album built a steady amount of buzz thanks to constant touring and undeniably great songs. So much so that the tastemakers at the influential indie label Animal Style Records are set to rerelease Pictures of a Floating World on a limited run of colored vinyl. The label is also digitally releasing two new singles “Loom” and “Circles” as Old Light.
The result, not to get too crazy with superlative statements here, manages to remind us that punk rock – regardless of what prefix or suffix you put next to it – is much more than trendy haircuts and gimmicky songs, but a legitimate movement that helped to define a generation fed up with being ignored. The lads in Silver Snakes, it appears, are picking up that frayed, spray painted flag for yet another generation. Don’t believe me? Check them out for yourself: they’ll be playing a series of shows with Aeges this summer, along with sets at the Sound & Fury and The Fest.
Silver Snakes Tour Dates:
Jul 19 Vinyl Release Party/Origami Vinyl – Los Angeles, CA
Jul 20 Sound And Fury – Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 26 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
Sep 05 Rock City – Studios Camarillo, CA
Oct 26 Fest 11 – Gainesville, FL