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Their influences are obvious – Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, The Libertines – but The Snuts have a real knack for knocking out fresh-sounding anthems and their choruses are as huge as Ben Nevis. Their debut album starts deceptively with the tender Top Deck, then Always picks up the pace, drawing you in and sweeping you along. By the third track, Juan Belmonte, with its driving bluesy riff, all critical resistance is shot to bits. The band of school pals from Whitburn, West Lothian, formed in 2015 and have released a string of promising singles. The first, the brilliant Glasgow, was an evocative taste of the quality to come.
Last year’s Mixtape EP saw singer/guitarist Jack Cochrane channelling the spirit of Bobby Gillespie and perhaps more surprisingly eulogising the production skills of Fatboy Slim in their song of the same name. That went Top 20, it’s odds on that W.L. will make even more of an impact.
All Your Friends, about Scotland’s drug epidemic, combines rock swagger with an old-school hip-hop beat and builds to another massive chorus, while the infectious and upbeat Coffee & Cigarettes is a musical caffeine rush.
Cochrane, a former joiner, is the main songwriter, with band mates Joe McGillveray (guitar), Callum Wilson (bass) and drummer Jordan ‘Joko’ Mackay all contributing.
The 17 tracks range from the snotty garage band cheek of Don’t Forget It (Punk) to the poppier Somebody Loves You, each infused with craftsmanship.
This band are the real deal.
You can feel their passion and their hunger.
They’re going far.
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