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snarls is a band that describes itself as being “glitter emo alt rock”. This group calls the city of Columbus, Ohio home and it is there that the quartet that consists of Chlo White (Vocals, Guitar), Riley Hall (Bass, Vocals), Mick Martinez (Guitar) and Max Martinez (Drums) creates a style they refer to as Emo Alternative Rock. The band mentions Wolf Alice, Snail Mail, Citizen, Bully as bands that they like who most likely have influenced the band’s sound and style. And while the band’s style does indeed include both Emo and Alternative Rock influences, they could easily include New Wave as an influence in there as well.

The Columbus-based band has just released their 2020 debut album release entitled Burst. But before that album hit the street, the band spent time promoting their EP entitled What’s It Take, a three-song EP from 2019 that had given the listener a good indication of what was to come by releasing three tracks from album. But now that the release entitled Burst has finally been released, the band can now focus on promoting that.

For the first track off of the band’s debut release entitled Burst, snarls performs the song “Walk in the Woods”. With this track, the band creates a song that falls somewhere in the middle of the late eighties, early nineties. On this song, the band incorporates as much New Wave feel as it does Alternative Rock. The resulting track features music that feels as much influence from the aforementioned Scottish band Altered Images as it contains influence from the American band Sixpence None the Richer. The two different influences blend together rather well to create a style that falls solidly into the Alternative Rock genre. Much like with the second half of the title track of the release, “Walk in the Woods” features a softer energy level to the song’s musical approach. What results is a track that could feel right at home on any modern-day Pop-Rock radio format.

snarls continues their new album with the song entitled “Marbles”. With the slow-paced track, the band of snarls combines some modern-day Pop-Punk influences with some older Glam Rock influence to create a track that feels as if it would be right at home on any Alternative Rock radio format. To go along with that musical blend, the band throws in some Emo attitude into the lyrics of the track. On the song, singer/guitarist Chlo White sings about things in a relationship that drive her crazy, making her feel as if she’s “lost my mind,” as White sings in the song. The track also features lyrics about walking down the street, shopping at Walgreen’s and other everyday things most people do during their day-to-day lives. While the track features a slow pace to the music, the instrumentation on the track is far from laidback, keeping the song energetic despite the slow pace.   

The track “What’s It Take” features two separate musical directions which split the song in half. The first half of the track contains an upbeat, driving pace and features a delivery that is very influenced by New Wave music bringing to mind the style of the Atlanta, Georgia band The B-52s. In fact, the feel of the song is very reminiscent of that band’s track called “Roam” from 1990, putting this track from snarls just outside of the true era for New Wave. On the second half, snarls slows things down and changes directions. This half of “What’s It Take” seems to channel the spirit of the Scottish New Wave band called Altered Images. With this half of the track, the sound of the track recalls Altered Images’ songs like “I Could Be Happy” or “Happy Birthday” from back in 1981. One half of “What’s It Take” feels as if it belongs in the early part of the New Wave era. The other part feels as if it belongs at the other end of the era. Together, both halves create one track that firmly falls into New Wave. And while the band as a whole does a good job of channeling the two different styles to bring the song together, it is vocalist Chlo White who is the most important part to the mix, drawing out the vocal styles of both Clare Grogan of Altered Images one moment and the female vocal stylings of the B-52s the next.

With the track entitled “Hair,” the song begins with the sound of the electric guitar creating a riff that is rather reminiscent of something from Kurt Cobain. This brings to mind the music of Cobain’s band Nirvana. In fact, once the track finally begins about forty seconds in, the band follows all the way through with that direction and creates a track fully inspired by Nirvana. And while the laidback pace to the song creates a low-key track rather than a more intense Alternative Rock sound, the song still takes the listener back into the nineties, especially when the band finally brings the energy of the music up for the last minute or so of the track.

On the track “Falling,” snarls takes the sound of their music back into the late eighties. On this track, the band takes on a more pop-rock approach creating a track with a definite Indie Rock feel to it. The track of “Falling” from snarls begins with an easy pace to the music but that pace soon slightly increases only a few moments into the track. The music of the song seems to draw some inspiration from the eighties band Dream Academy who had several hits including the song “Life in a Northern Town”. Despite the fact that it does have a slight retro feel to it because of being slightly reminiscent of The Dream academy, “Falling” ends up being one of the most commercial sounding tracks on the album entitled Burst from snarls.

Burst comes to a close with the title track off the release. The track begins with just the sound of the drums, which are quickly joined by the sound of the bass. Together, the two instruments create the song an early Alternative Rock feel. Specifically, the sound of the music at the beginning of “Burst” feels like early music from The Cure. Musically, you could imagine “Burst” existing on that band’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me release. Soon, however, the track blends some influence from The Cure with some influence from Altered Images, creating a track with a sound that could have come from the band Hole, especially one of that band’s lighter tracks. With this final song, snarls brings their debut album to a close with a strong Indie Rock feel to it.

These and other tracks help to shape the debut release entitled Burst from Columbus-based snarls. The album comes with many different influences and styles throughout the length of the album. While the album has much to offer any listener, the release is ultimately for those music listeners who a lot of different styles of music. And with the fact that the album goes from New Wave to Alternative Rock to College Rock and many other styles, there’s plenty to enjoy from this debut album from this talented group of musicians.

For More information, check out the band’s record label, Take This to Heart Records.

For a taste of the debut release from snarls, check out the video to the song “Walk in the Woods”.

To check out the entire Burst release from snarls, click on the album cover below:

What happens when you take a “ballsy female musical theater veteran” and combine her with songs that were once sung by men? You end up with a musical concept that is truly unusual and extremely gutsy at the same time. The musician who created the unusual concept of reinterpreting songs originally sung by men in a female voice is known strictly by the band moniker of Vagina Fetishists and that is really all you need to know.

The tracks included on the new release of Blood by Vagina Fetishists have a common theme running through them. That theme is “blood”. From one track to the next, the listener experiences some of the most unusual tracks to be reinterpreted much less to be reinterpreted in a woman’s voice.

If you go about creating an album of nothing but cover tunes, the best thing to do is to try to make each song your own so you stand out from those who simply cover the tracks. The unique take concept is extremely true as you listen to each track on the Blood release from Vagina Fetishists.

The first song to be featured on the Blood release is the track “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”. While the interpretation of the track included here is far less intense than the original by Black Sabbath, Vagina Fetishists’ take on the song makes for a fine rock and roll song. The slightly easier interpretation to “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” gives the listener a glimpse into what will be coming as you make your way through the Blood release by Vagina Fetishists.

One of the most unusual covers on Blood is the Devo tune “Gut Feeling”. When Devo had created their version of the song, they did it in their style of New Wave music and the keyboards and guitars in the band’s signature sound worked together to form the music to the track. When Vagina Fetishists got a hold of the song the track transformed into a keyboard-based track with a slightly slower pace. While the music was now created by keyboard, it still contained a definite New Wave feel to it. The unusual take on Devo’s unusual style seems strangely perfectly for the song.

While Vagina Fetishists interprets some really interesting songs, one of the tracks that ends up being strong is the song “Masters of War”. The folk-rock interpretation of the song works rather well. The Grace Slick-influenced vocal delivery on the track works well to keep the song feeling as if it belongs within the musical era of the sixties.

When comparing the track the AC/DC track “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” to others on the album, it feels slightly out of place. The track sounds downright weird when not sung in the trademark vocals of Bon Scott. The resulting sound still features plenty of energy in both the musical and vocal deliveries, but the vocals sound as if they were delivered by Ann Wilson of Heart and they don’t mix well with the Hard Rock in the music. “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” is far from a bad track, it’s just not quite right without the male vocal delivery.

Blood by Vagina Fetishists continues with the Nirvana song “Dive”. The first thing the listener will notice with the Vagina Fetishists’ version of the song is the easier tempo. The new interpretation takes some of the edge off of the vocals that featured Kurt Cobain’s pain as he sung the lyrics to the track. The lighter approach to the vocals of the track is matched well with an equally softer approach to the music. For this track, the vocalist seems to present the notion that anger does not have to be harsh to be effective.

Although the vocalist does not sound quite right as the singer on “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It),” she more than makes up for it on the Bob Dylan track “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Dying)”. While Dylan originally performed the song with a definite folk-like approach, the lyrics of the song have an underlying darkness to them that need more than the folk-like approach. Vagina Fetishists add a bit of darkness to the music by adding some organ to the track and the vocal delivery presented on the song helps to give the song the dark approach it deserves. At 10-plus minutes, the playtime for the track is rather long but seems to fly by as you enjoy the track. And the track helps bring Blood by Vagina Fetishists to a close.

It takes a person with some creativity to think of something that is a little out of the norm. The album Blood by Vagina Fetishists is just that type of situation. And the results are interesting and fun. Some tracks are better than others, but each track is well worth the time to discover just what can be done if you ignore the obvious.

Reviewer: Matheson Kamin Rating: **** (four stars)

Check out the talent of the band Vagina Fetishists by listening to the Black Sabbath track “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath“.