Snakerattlers Liverpool April 2018

Sound, Liverpool
Thursday 5th April 2018

The subterranean basement of Sound, Liverpool is the perfect environment to witness a band like Snakerattlers; descending into this underground darkened lair reinforces the feel of entering an alternate world, a world occupied by those on the fringes, pushing the boundaries – those perhaps who were ‘born bad’.

Dan Gott has the look of such an individual; heavily tattooed, bug eyes, peering from beneath a heavy quiff, to his left stood in front of a 2pc upright drum kit is fellow Rattler’, and wife Naomi. Naomi looks like a sweet girl, a slight frame topped with a smart bob, a regular at church whose parents are still to recover from their first meeting with their now son-in-law – looks as we know can be deceptive for as Naomi begins to pummel the kit hammering out a primitive beat Mo Tucker herself would be proud of its clear Naomi knows a thing or two about the dark recesses of rock ‘n’ roll.

Dan stood at 90 degrees to the audience yelps into the microphone, then launches into a frenzied explosion of dripping raw primal rock ‘n’ roll, instantly magnetic, the audience don’t dare look away for fear of attracting his attention; think Lux Interior, Iggy Pop, and Paul P Fenech.


Gott sings with malevolent vengeance all the while thrashing at his guitar, an array of effects pedals being viciously kicked into submission – the formula is simple enough, solid drum refrains, twangy guitars and howling vocals, but Snakerattlers deliver with such blazing intensity that they utterly captivate; the short set draws from their 2017 debut ‘This Is Rattlerock’ (LTW Review) and new material including the likes of ‘Lose My Mind’ and ‘Standing On My Own’ which have a slight garage vibe running through them, by the time the self-eulogising ‘Rattlerock Rumble’ begins Gott like the devil’s own hound on heat is into the audience, his guitar scything a pathway to complement the guttural roar… new tracks like ‘Ooga Booga’ demonstrates Snakerattlers inmate knowledge of dirty rock ‘n’ roll, whilst the instrumental ‘Death Valley Driver’ has a welcome surf vibe, albeit a wave that is about crash plunging you into a swirling vortex.

Snakerattlers Liverpool April 2018

Snakerattlers deliver an intense, wildly energised, super heated performance that finishes with the genuinely born bad ‘Ripper Rattle Rock’, everything is on overload, Naomi is hammering out a hot rod beat as Dan delivers his hellfire sermons, the whole set a salaciously dirty hob nail stomp, an infectious blaze of sound that connects both band and their shell-shocked audience.

Snakerattlers ‘This Is Rattlerock’ is available on CD and DL direct from the Snakerattlers.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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