The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum and Swervedriver in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of The Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002. This was recorded and produced at Matt Talbot's recording studio.
Pictures of a Floating World, Silver Snakes debut released in August of 2011, is a tribute to free thinking – focusing on societal themes and individuality. It showcases glimpses of rock experimentalists At the Drive In and Fugazi, both major influences on the Snakes’ sound. “Steve and Roger have been good friends of ours for a while. We had always planned to do the record with them since they understood what we were going for in making a 90s influenced, raw rock record,” says Alex on working with Steve Choi and Roger Camero. The album touches on several genres, while not overstaying its welcome in any particular one.
The Dead Ships
Sometimes all it takes is one great pop hook to reel in some attention, and Echo Park-based the Dead Ships have certainly perked our ears up. Their self-titled EP offers no-nonsense garage rock featuring pop choruses that soar and stick long after listening. For a fairly new duo, Devlin McCluskey and Christopher Spindelilus have refreshingly accomplished a sound that has the accessibility of Best Coast and minimalistic flair of the Black Keys. However, McCluskey's' Eddie Vedder-esque vocals go nowhere near abuse with his usage of "Ooohs," and his cheeky guitar lines are perfectly propelled by Spindelilus' clean drumming, giving the pop just enough grit for a balanced lo-fi rock song.