EP REVIEW: Snake Eyes – Skeletons

Release Date: October 9th 2020
Label: Failure By Design Records
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Having only been together for little over three months, bands don’t come much fresher than Brighton indie-punk trio, Snake Eyes. Not ones to hang around, they’re already primed with their debut EP, ‘Skeletons’, but is it enough for them to make their mark this early on?

The simple answer is: yes. ‘Skeletons’ has everything one could really ask of a debut record; grit, angst, and authenticity, all wrapped up in glossy pop melodies and topped off with just a dash of optimism. It never crosses the line into sickly sweet, not by a long shot, but there’s something about ‘Skeletons’ that, despite their scruffy garage rock sound, makes Snake Eyes endearing enough to charm the best of us.

From the intense rolling drum intro and the plucky laddish vocals of ‘Listen’ to the volatile punk anthem ‘Wishbone’, it’s obvious that Snake Eyes are a group who can take fairly simple ideas and inject just the right amount of personality to turn them into brilliantly executed tracks.

Catchy pop melodies are expertly laced throughout the entire EP, but always masked behind a wall of lo-fi distortion and fuzzy guitars with the end result sounding much scrappier than these well-rehearsed pop songs truly are. Never is this more skilfully done than in the EP’s title-track.

It’s early days, but with such a solid release under their belt already, it would be foolish to sleep on Snake Eyes just because of their infancy. They certainly aren’t going to wait around for you.