DS Exclusive Interview: The Snips talk new album, new label and The Fest

DS Exclusive Interview: The Snips talk new album, new label and The Fest

After 10 years of bandhood The Snips were allotted a place at The Venue’s side stage at this years Fest 9. This was a big step in the right direction for the fivesome. With the release of their Blackouts EP, signing to Paper and Plastick, and a full length in the works, The Snips are beginning to see things get extremely busy for them. While I was at The Fest, I took some time to sit  down with singer Rickey Pridmore and drummer Fuller to get some info on where they’re going, how their full length is coming along, and a few of their favorite things about The Fest.

Check out the interview here.

What is the thing you love most about The Fest?

Rickey Pridmore: Oh man, I hate being on the spot with that kind stuff. Its so hard to say, I love booze, but that’s not why I’m here.  I don’t know man, there’s just so many awesome bands in one spot, you know what I mean? Especially the smaller ones that I may not get to see possibly ever, because they’re never going to come to Canada.

Fuller: Just that there is always something to do, you can always end up somewhere crazy.

So what does it mean to play at The fest and be a part of the fest?

Rickey: Honestly dude, its an honor. We’ve tried to play three times, and then this year, we got in some how, for some reason, and we’re honestly just stoked. It feels good man. It feels like we’ve not conquered something, but it feels like the next step into doing something else cool that we’ve always wanted to do

With the release of Blackouts, do you feel like this is the solid start of the band? You’ve been together for 10 years, but this is the real sound…

Rickey: I couldn’t agree more to be honest. I don’t know, a lot of people don’t get it, not the music, it’s almost just like a new band. So much stuff has changed, our name, not that that matters, but the whole line up of the band, the fact that we used to have horns blaring non stop, and now its very minimal. Just the songs are different, and I feel as though the band has totally been re-born, so I completely agree, we’ve been saying this for the last year “We’ve been a band for ten years, and we’re just in our first year.”

Do you have any plans for a full length currently?†

Rickey: Yeah, we’ve got six or seven songs in the can and we’re hoping like ten more, then we’ll just filter out the ones that we don’t necessarily like as much as the others and then we’re going to record those in January or February, and then hopefully have it out in early spring.

Is that going to be on Paper and Plastick?

Rickey: Yeah

So do you have a contract with them that is more than one record?

Rickey: Um, no, Vinnie’s always been straight forward with his intentions, and what he wants, and all that stuff. There are no contracts. I don’t believe that any band on paper and plastick has a contract, it’s all just a hand shake and a good faith thing. He’s pretty much has said from the beginning “I’m not going to hold anybody down, I’ll do the record, and then if you don’t want to do your next record with us or you do, that’s cool.” He just deals with it on a record by record basis, which is a really cool thing I think, and partly it’s because he’s in a band, so he’s just doing what exactly he would want for his band, so that’s good.

Yeah, definitely. Paper and Plastick seems to be one of the more influential labels in punk right now, how does feel to be on it?

Rickey: It’s kind of weird. It’s been such a slow thing, its not like it was one day “Yeahh, we finally did it!” We kind of dipped our foot in the Paper and Plastick pool when we did a split with The Flatliners, and since then we’ve always been in touch with Vinnie, and its just been an on going “so what are we gonna do, when are we gonna do it” kind of thing, but it feels good. There are a lot of good bands, and a lot of them I don’t even know about, and I’ll just discover them and be like “ohh, they’ve been on paper and plastick for a year.” It feels good though man, especially to be involved with Vinnie. He really knows what he’s doing I think. He seems like a smart guy. I had a long conversation with him once, just about stuff, and I really got the impression that he knows a lot of stuff about the music industry.

So the split with The Flatliners was what prompted the relationship with Paper and Plastick?

Rickey: Yeah, it was. We didn’t know Vinnie before that, obviously we knew of him because of his band and I had heard he was putting a new label together after he got out of fueled by ramen. Chris from The Flatliners was like, “Well Vinnie, whose a buddy of mine, is doing a new label, and it’s pretty much vinyl exclusive thing.” We thought it was perfect because we wanted to do a seven inch, so Chris was on tour with him and just asked him. Vinnie knew he was going to get something good from The Flatliners, so the other side didn’t really matter if it was a write off or not.

Is the new album going to sound like Blackouts, or is going to be another progression?

Rickey: It’s definitely a big progression. We’ve been recording for two years, and our EP hatched out of our full length because we wanted to put something out. We just kind of popped that baby out, then we continued to write. Basically we’ve been writing one record for two years so there is a ton of growth on it, and a huge change, and I already feel like there are songs that are way different, and better in my opinion, than what’s on Blackouts. I dunno, its almost like a band’s first two albums in one just because that’s how much growth has happened.

Are there going to be the two year old songs as well as the new songs?

Rickey: Yeah, yeah, I’m sure we’ll probably widdle it down to probably like four of the old ones, and then hopefully eight to ten of the new ones, so yeah, its going to be different. But I don’t think anyone will be like “oh my god what happened?…” But it will be fresher than that for sure.

Fuller: I dunno, you’ll definitely know it’s the same band, but there are more highs and lows on it. Blackouts fires on the same wave lengths, and the full length has much lighter songs, but at the same time there will be more raging songs too.

Rickey: We have a whole bunch of songs that we think are awesome, but then out of nowhere we’ll have some riffs and say “this song’s cool, but what if we take it to the ultimate low, just the slowest, softest song we’ve ever done, and that’s what has been done with some of the songs. There’s even a countryish song.

So you are mixing genre’s a little bit?

Rickey: A little bit.

Fuller: Pretty much what ever comes to the table is given its fair due, whether it’s a punk song a metal song a country song, it gets its time.

Rickey: We’re all pretty much on the same wave length as writers and as a band. We all write together, and each one of us will come with ideas and riffs, and we’ll just hash it out that way, so no matter what somebody brings, its gonna be a snips song in the end because it has to go through The Snips grinder. It can’t make it as a song if it doesn’t, and that’s what keeps a lot of our songs cohesive, even though they touch on different shit.

Fuller: What makes a lot of the songs different is that we have multiple writers so the songs all have a bit different feel, but when the whole band puts their part in there, it gives it consistency, but allowing it to still be different from the next song.

Rickey: So it was made from different ingredients in the same kitchen.

Can we expect to see any of these songs live?

Rickey: We’ve been playing the shit out of them just because we’re not really a well known band and we can get away with it. We play a few songs off of Blackouts, and then the other four to five songs are just what we feel like. I dunno, we might be doing a Weezer cover tonight (they did, it was No One Else). We play a ton of new shit all the time and sometimes we’ll just bring out a new song out of nowhere.

Do you have anything to say to your fans or anything?

Rickey: Headbangers unite.

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