Photo Credit: Monica Murray
“A punk band for the ‘sped-up version’ age, Snõõper are a Nashville DIY five-piece that play brutally fast, incredibly fun songs.” — Stereogum
Today, Snõõper present the new single/video, “Running,” ahead of the release of their debut album Super Snõõper out this Friday on Third Man Records. “Running” is a marathon, not a sprint: clocking in at over 5 minutes, it marks the longest release in Snõõper’s discography to date. The song builds and builds on a grooving bassline before culminating in an acid-soaked guitar solo. The accompanying video — helmed by Sean McGuirk — is an homage to 80s home workout videos, filtered through Snõõper’s kaleidoscopic lens.
Vocalist Blair Tramel explains: “‘Running’ was written deep in the pandemic when people began to feel hopeless and everything began to feel really scary. People felt out of control as we watched our country experience the consequences of an unjust system. Most days, all I could do was go for a long walk or run. I think sometimes that’s all anyone can do when things feel out of control. We can always get out of our minds and into our bodies. Move, breathe, jump, put one foot in front of the other.”
Snõõper is a band who, in a 33 ⅓ RPM world, make 45 RPM music they play at 78 RPM. The Nashville-based DIY punk outfit maintain super precise instrumentals and skillfully melodic vocals, even though they’re flooring it almost the entire time. Formed in 2020 by Tramel and guitarist Connor Cummins, Snõõper’s initial 8-track recordings were released on DIY labels. Although not originally intended as a performance project, the duo brought these recordings to life with the additions of Cam Sarrett (drums), Happy Haugen (bass) and Ian Teeple (guitar).
Super Snõõper was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. Given the brief glimpses into Snõõper’s music from their 7”s, EPS, and thrilling live performances, one might wonder if the group could hold the line for a full album. The answer is an enthusiastic yes. In the words of Henry Rollins, “Speaking selfishly, I want Snõõper to hurry up and make another album. Super Snõõper is a really cool record.”
Snõõper are known for their raucous live show which integrates many different artistic mediums — music, video art, puppetry, assemblages, and more — to create a unique experience for each performance. The band recently wrapped up their debut Australian tour and are currently performing a string of U.S. west coast shows. A full list of dates is below with more to be announced soon.
Snõõper Tour Dates
Thu. July 13 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Fri. July 14 - San Diego, CA - The Whistle Shop
Sat. July 15 - San Pedro, CA @ The Sardine
Sun. July 16 - Pomona, CA @ Viva Pomona
Sat. Sept. 2 - High View, WV @ Zapateo
Fri. Oct. 13 - Sun. Oct. 15 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
Sun. Nov. 5 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Mon. Nov. 6 - Gladow, UK @ Hug & Pint
Tue. Nov. 7 - Manchester, UK @ YES Basement
Wed. Nov. 8 - London, UK @ The Windmill
Fri. Nov. 10 - London, UK @ Pitchfork Festival (Roadhouse)
Sat. Nov. 11 - Bristol, UK @ The Lanes