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The Snuts - W.L. (Album Review)

Friday, 09 April 2021 Written by Graeme Marsh

The Snuts have been garnering quite the reputation over the past few years thanks to some highly regarded live shows. The release of the West Lothian group’s debut EP ‘Mixtape’ did nothing but cement their potential in a glorious manner, serving up an excellent insight into a band seen in many quarters as the next big indie thing.

With a phalanx of name producers on board and a major label deal in hand, the band have some serious weight behind them. As such the hype and expectation is plentiful, and it’s almost as though a kettle of vultures are circling, ready to pick at their carcasses if they fail to deliver.

To open a debut album with a minimalistic acoustic effort, as The Snuts do here with Top Deck, takes guts: it’s either going to be an album-maker or band-breaker.

Fortunately, the poignant number, which was written by frontman Jack Cochrane when he was just 15, hits the sweet spot, introducing listeners to his captivating, distinctive vocals.

The band have released a staggering eight tracks in all from ‘W.L’, something deemed to be necessary with the pandemic causing its usual delays. All Your Friends emerged in the spring of 2019 and it trades in Catfish and the Bottlemen-style stop-start shenanigans before erupting in a swaggering, Kasabian-like chorus. 

There is the feeling that The Snuts are consciously trying not to replicate their influences but on Juan Belmonte, another of the earlier releases, there are striking similarities with Arctic Monkeys, not least due to the addition of hand-claps and distorted vocals.

It’s been highlighted that ‘W.L’ covers a multitude of genres and the boy-bandy Somebody Loves You is testament to the fact. California also shows their pop nous, while there’s a sentimental about turn for No Place I’d Rather Go and the gorgeous Boardwalk. Don’t Forget It (Punk) is far more raucous but lacks the attractiveness of their other guises.

Excellent live favourite Glasgow, the band’s first release way back in 2016, is also included here as is the anthemic closer Sing For Your Supper, with both tracks adding further strings to their bow. With such an array of styles on show, tracks come and go with no set pattern, grabbing our interest over and over again. ‘W.L.’ is an impressive record, and one that comfortably keeps those vultures at bay.

The Snuts Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Wed September 01 2021 - GLASGOW Oran Mor
Thu September 02 2021 - GLASGOW Oran Mor
Tue September 07 2021 - EDINBURGH Caves
Wed September 08 2021 - EDINBURGH Caves
Sun September 12 2021 - MANCHESTER Blues Kitchen
Mon September 13 2021 - LEEDS Wardrobe
Tue September 14 2021 - KINGSTON Pryzm
Mon September 20 2021 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Tue September 21 2021 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Wed September 22 2021 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Tue September 28 2021 - ABERDEEN Tunnels
Wed September 29 2021 - ABERDEEN Tunnels
Thu September 30 2021 - DUNDEE Church
Sun October 03 2021 - DUNDEE Church
Sat October 16 2021 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Sun October 24 2021 - DUBLIN Button Factory
Mon October 25 2021 - BELFAST Empire Music Hall
Thu October 28 2021 - EDINBURGH Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Tue November 02 2021 - EXETER Exeter Phoenix
Wed November 03 2021 - CARDIFF Globe
Thu November 04 2021 - LONDON O2 Forum Kentish Town
Sat November 06 2021 - DERBY Venue - Derby
Sun November 07 2021 - OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Mon November 08 2021 - NORWICH Waterfront
Sat November 13 2021 - HULL Asylum
Sun November 14 2021 - LEEDS Stylus
Mon November 15 2021 - BRISTOL THE FLEECE
Thu November 18 2021 - MIDDLESBROUGH Middlesbrough Town Hall
Fri November 19 2021 - SHEFFIELD Leadmill
Mon November 22 2021 - BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Tue November 23 2021 - COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Wed November 24 2021 - BLACKPOOL Waterloo Music Bar
Fri November 26 2021 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz

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