Next month, the Nashville-based DIY punk outfit Snõõper will release their highly anticipated debut album Super Snõõper, out 14th July 2023 on Third Man Records, and today present another fully-charged single/video, ‘Powerball’. They also announce their first ever UK tour taking place this November.
Clocking in at just over a minute, Snõõper max out the short and sweet run time on ‘Powerball’ by packing it with frantic guitars, berserk drums, and the ever-cool vocals of Blair Tramel. The accompanying video — directed by Tramel and featuring puppeteering by Grace Hall — channels the song’s chaos delectably, and previews the playful mayhem of Snõõper’s storied live sets for those yet indoctrinated.
Tramel explains: “‘Powerball’ was written after a scratch-off winning streak. My mom called me to let us know that the Powerball jackpot was the highest it had been in years and we bought tickets. It’s a funny thing to feel like you are going to win something so arbitrary – to feel like you are going to be the one in a billion winner. When our numbers were not announced, we decided to buy some scratch-offs and, to my surprise, I won $50 on a $2 scratch off. I kept buying scratch-offs from different gas stations around town and kept winning. It was a comical sort of high I hadn’t felt before and even when I started losing money I wanted to keep going.”
Snõõper doesn’t play fast; they play at the speed of Snõõper. They maintain super precise instrumentals and skillfully melodic vocals, even though they’re flooring it almost the entire time. The project began in 2020 as a collaboration between local Nashville punk mainstay Connor Cummins (guitar) and Blair Tramel (vocals), an early education teacher with a sideline in wickedly funny animation and art. As their cassette tapes and homemade videos began to find scattered fans around the world, the duo brought the project to the live stage in late 2021 with the addition of Cam Sarrett (drums), Happy Haugen (bass), and Ian Teeple (guitar). Thus, Snõõper was born.
Snõõper is a band who, in a 33 ⅓ RPM world, make 45 RPM music they play at 78 RPM. Their debut album, Super Snõõper, was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. It follows EPs Music For Spies (2020), Snõõper (2021), and Town Topic (2022), as well as the live album LIVE AT EXIT/IN 11-23-22 released this past February. 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 is currently touring Australia and will return stateside for a handful of shows, plus a debut UK tour. A full list of dates is below, with more to be announced soon.
Super Snõõper is out 14th July 2023 via Third Man Records
Snõõper Tour Dates
Thu. June 22 – Wollongong, AU @ La La La’s
Fri. June 23 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory #+
Sun. June 25 – Newcastle, AU @ Hamilton Station Hotel
Thu. June 29 – Canberra, AU @ Sideway Bar
Fri. June 30 – Melbourne, AU @ Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar
Sat. July 1 – Melbourne, AU @ Nighthawks %
Sun. July 2 – Oakland, CA @ Mosswood Meltdown
Wed. July 5 – Vancouver, BC @ Green Auto
Fri. July 7 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Sat. July 8 – Seattle, WA @ Clock Out Lounge
Sun, July 16 – Pomona, CA @ Viva Pomona
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
# w/ Gee Tee
+ w/ RMFC
% w/ Parsnip