Shaun, Konstantin, Josh and Tadashi are Snake Anthony. The four-piece band from New York released a five-song EP entitled Don't Stop! They did something that seems to be more of a lost art these days. They recorded live. The recording sounds good and obviously sounds like a band playing in a room. Also something that is becoming more and more rare.
The band plays a mix of funk and prog rock. This is the type of band that from my experience you want to see live. Funk especially seems like it almost always translates well live and gets people moving.
They open with “Don't Stop!” and I think it's fair to say you can make some comparisons to Red Hot Chili Peppers on this song especially the guitar work. The verse is solid but the chorus just pops. The low hanging vocal harmonies work well.
The funk is more subdued on “Save Me.” There is a dark rock vibe on this song and the group again delivers on a chorus that is memorable and fun. The best part of the song is towards the end where the song starts to unravel and breakdown. There were some inventive effects in there and I would have liked to see how they did this live.
Up next is “Delique” which contains a lot of funk. The bass is more prominent on this track and the vocals are arguably the best on the album. On top of the funk vibe this song especially feels more aligned with ’70s funk not unlike Stevie Wonder. Great track and my personal favorite.
They close with “Does It Matter?” This song contains melodic guitar picking and while rocking out is emotionally resonant. They implement distortion effects on the vocals that was reminding me of Rage Against The Machine on the chorus.
Snake Anthony have some talent that they display on these four songs. There isn’t a dud on the EP and I am looking forward to an LP.
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