By Mathew Robson
It’s been two years since Scottish trio Snide Rythym’s debut album and they have returned with a new single: Acid Alliteration, available to download from 20th October. Having spent the last two years endlessly touring, and supporting the likes of Django Django, Field Music, Riel and have headlined countless numbers of their own show in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The band, made up of Colvin Cruickshank, Olly Ridgewell and Sam Stokes, took time out of their busy schedule to chat with Secret Sounds earlier this month.
How the band initially got together was “by sheer fortune”, Olly explains “I was playing various instruments with Randan Discotheque and the singer Craig went to Dusseldorf to make visual art, eat bratwurst and commune with Kraftwerk. Colvin said “would you like to join my band?” I said yes. So the Snides were born. Craig came back I was in 2 bands.”
Citing influences as varying as Captain Beefheart, The Clash, Suicide, Beethoven, Joni Mitchell and Sly & The Family Stone, Snide Rhytyhms quickly established a musical niche for themselves in Scotland, that quickly spread like a warm, loving musical epidemic – even as far as Malta, where Maltese artist Acidulant has made a remix of one of their songs. With Colvin hoping that the band will gain “cult status with a healthy back catalogue”, Olly aims for something somewhat more transcendental “reflected in cool lochans beyond the human hive”.
Already with a critically acclaimed debut under the belts, how do the band feel that they have evolved since then? “A new cake was baked with different ingredients, in a different kitchen (to paraphrase Pete Shelley) It tastes just as good but different” explains Olly; “But to avoid Jimmy Webb’s conundrum we will not let anyone leave it out in the rain. Because it took some time to bake it.” To continue along the lines of the cake baking metaphor, Colvin adds “We are constantly baking/evolving albeit slowly. I’m already looking forward to the next cake. More remixes are in the icing pipeline, new ingredients William and Graham mixing it up in the latest recipe too.”
The music itself, coming across like a born and bred Thomas Pynchon novel in audio, Snide Rhythym’s new single, Acid Alliteration is available to download from 20th October. Keep your eyes posted here for a review of the single, coming very soon. You won’t be disappointed.