Music Review: Snatch Magnet
When I was initially asked to do a music review on a band called Snatch Magnet, I thought, hmmm…..I really like the name and I myself have a snatch–so let’s see if it is in fact magnetically attracted to this band. Too literal? Maybe. I had never heard any of their music so when I received their new album Screw, Nut & Bolt, I decided to listen to it with a fresh ear—as it were–without reading anything about them so that I would have no idea what to expect.
I popped the CD into my car player (it has much better sound than my home stereo–AKA my tiny CD clock radio) and was immediately taken back to 1989 in my high school parking lot, surrounded by car stereos blasting out some…I don’t know….post football game… pre-date rape tunes. That is to say, it took me back to the late 80′s/ early 90′s metalish/progressive/glamourish-type rock (the rape and football were just part of the typical high school experience).
Once I listened to their CD a couple of times, I decided to read up on them a bit. Screw, Nut & Bolt (a 7-song, time-traveling doctoral thesis on the history of party rock) is their first LP and was released in May 2010. They have been promoting the record across Southern California, playing in venues, such as Whisky-A-GoGo, Key Club, and The Knitting Factory. During these shows, they have played with many of LA rock’s royalty–among them, both current and former members of W.A.S.P., Bango Tango, The Stray Cats, Cinderella, Poison, The Michael Shenker Group, The Deadly Seven, and Guns ‘N Roses.
After reading more about their scene and who they have played with, my whole high school flashback thing made a lot more sense, however, I learned that most of their following is apparently of the younger variety and are most likely not experiencing any sort of nostalgic (neither pleasant nor horrific) feelings when listening to Snatch Magnet do their thing.
OK, I am going to shoot it to you straight. Snatch Magnet’s sound is not really my bag of tea ( you know…I have all of those football/rape/possibly WWF associations and such with it) but, that being said, I do think that they can really play their asses off and probably put on a hell of a live show. I also think that they are perhaps even going for a more tongue-in-cheek angle rather than taking themselves too seriously.
So yes, even though my snatch is not feeling the magnetic pull and is doing more of the thing when magnets are flipped and bounce off in opposite directions scenario, it does not mean that you won’t really dig them (I don’t know your life.) I say, give Snatch Magnet a listen and I am attaching their song “Games” (the video was made by one of their fans) for your enjoyment. I would also like to add that I was just informed by the band that they have three new singles out that are quite different from the album that I heard, both stylistically and in recording quality and approach. “Drunk Girls” (which contains amusing lyrics like, “You break things that you love, your shirt is inside-out, your mother must be proud. I love the way you don’t throw-up in my car.”), “Another Poison” and “All Systems Go.” All three songs contain some very impressive guitar wailing and a wide range of vocals that lend themselves extremely well to the “Arena rock” sound. You can listen to all three songs for free on jango.com