Snazzback are the latest to have a go at our 13 Questions. With a new album and a tour coming up pretty soon, we thought they were worth checking out.
Bristol seven-piece Snazzback bring the sound of reopened dancefloors, of communal release, and of the joyful sound of dancing outside in the sunshine to live music.
Their second album ‘In The Place’ overflows with deep grooves and loose, lolloping rhythms that tease and play, sometimes languid and carefree, other times energy spiralling upwards – and taking the listener with them, each and every time.
Their music is soaked in great black American dancefloor music, whether that’s the sound we call ‘jazz’ or hip hop. They also bring other flavours – interlocking Afro-Latin rhythms, electronica and hypnotic rock, all marinated in Bristol’s long musical histories.
The album rests on the band’s hypnotic, rolling musicality and inventive bringing-together of sounds, evident in their phenomenal live performances which were honed in legendary city centre busking sessions and locally-famous venue residency.
They’re mad tight and heavily dextrous, a band who are tuned into each other and into the extended family of their audiences. Tracks like ‘Reading’ suggest a smoked-out Ezra Collective or Moses Boyd, whilst ‘Triangle’ brings powerfully scuzzed-out guitar sounds into the mix.
The album’s a belter and well worth a listen. There’s a tour coming soon as well.
We thought it was time for 13 Questions and sax player, Dave Sanders, stepped up to the plate.
Where are you and what are you doing?
Laying on my bed in Bristol, watching the sky turn pink out the window and listening to Bill Evans. Glorious.
What is your favourite view?
The neon lights of a big city on a rainy night.
What is your favourite swear word and why?
Shit. It’s an absolute classic and you can really stretch it out to suit any situation. Sheeeeeeeeit!
What was the first record / cd you bought with your own money?
Dido – White Flag…….
Marmite. Yes, or no?
Heck yes! Marmite on toast is the breakfast of champions.
If you could go to a gig right now, anywhere in the world, which band would you see? And in which venue?
So many to choose from, but right now I’m feeling Butcher Brown at the Jazz Cafe in Camden would be balm for the soul.
Who are your musical influences?
Personally I’ve been hugely influenced by Portico Quartet. Their music has been a constant ever since obsessing over them while smoking out of my bedroom window in University. Their approach to combining ambient and electronica with jazz flavours is so engaging and innovative. As a saxophone player Charlie Parker is an obvious but undeniable choice as well, along with John Coltrane – particularly Love Supreme. I’m deep into electronic styles too like Four Tet, Gold Panda, Burial and Floating Points.
How do you like your eggs?
Scrambled pretty please.
Tell us something we don’t know.
The saxophone was patented in 1846 by Belgian inventor Adolphe Sax. He also invented a number of other instruments that weren’t as popular but were all pretty wacky – like the saxotromb which looks like something out of a Dr Seuss book.
Which city do you recommend we visit – and why?
Paris, I left a piece of myself watching the sunset across the city from the Sacre Couer, so beautiful. It’s also brimming with history and art and is an all-round unique place. Top notch bookshops everywhere too.
What’s your drink of choice?
Chamomile Tea with a touch of honey.
What band or album do you think we should check out right now?
Portico Quartet’s self-titled album from 2012. Get the headphones, shut your eyes and go on a journey – you won’t regret it.
Do you have anything else to declare?
Don’t forget to love each other, it’s rough out there.
In The Place is released 23 July and available at all the usual places. Listen to Reading below.
The tour kicks off on 21 July
Lead image – credit James Koch