Wednesday, October 12, 2016
“One of my favorite bands, local or otherwise.”
Thats what 90.3 KEXP’s Morning Show host John Richards said about Seattle rockers Snuff Redux on August 3rd, as they reached the finish line of a marathon summer. On June 8th, they released their debut album ‘Denim American’ to the world. The next day they embarked on their second US tour, and in true DIY spirit, faced the classic set backs of shows falling through, as well as their van breaking down in the middle of nowhere (more than once). Snuff still made it to and from New York, and made the long drive back home, where they performed at the legendary Easy Street Records, where the album took the top spot in vinyl sales that week. Later on, on that day in August, Snuff performed to their biggest crowd yet, as they opened KEXP’s Concerts at The Mural Series, sharing a bill with hometown heroes TacocaT.
The songs that comprise ‘Denim American’ are love letters to Snuff’s hometown of Seattle, and they take great pride in their PNW roots. Sonically, it contains some of the hallmark squalls of the cities forebears. Snuff is not afraid of fuzz or chorus pedals, but are not defined by them. They have a knack for pop that is consistently present no matter how loud their Peavey’s are.
They believe in Peace, Love and Denim.
Frontman Venancio Bermudez, bassist Felipe Contreras, drummer Jimmy Conde, and guitarist Johnny Santana united over their shared love of rock & roll and are the latest act to contribute to the rich history of Chicano bands, playing music that is directly influenced by their background growing up as the children of undocumented immigrants in East LA.
Maria Sherman opened her Remezcla feature on the group with “Very rarely does a band resonate so much that it feels like a shift is happening”, and LA Times music critic Randall Roberts wrote "the Tracks connect the black-and-white past with a full-color, and furious, present."
The Tracks’ debut full-length album Treasured Memories was released November 2018 to critical acclaim by Los Angeles NPR station KCRW and was featured on lifestyle & culture sites Uproxx and Remezcla.no.
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