“Snakes in the Grass” – Sparrow and the Workshop

They had me at “I’d like.”  That subsequent beat of silence is my everything right now.

What a delightfully different change of pace this song is.  It’s reminiscent of something that might have been heard on college radio circa ’95, largely thanks to 1) the prominent and excellent bass line and 2) the guitar solo which is basically just the melody with some mild embellishment.  I rather enjoy the video, too; it’s familiar and very ’90s in its low-fi weirdness.  This sounds like true alternative rock to me which I didn’t even think existed anymore.  Alt-rock lives.

I was unsurprised to learn that the Glasgow-based band’s members are originally from Wales and Scotland, with the frontwoman being Northern Ireland-born but raised in America.  This is not a record that an American band would ever do in this way.  It’s not that the song couldn’t exist but the production would be far different.  The sound is warm and a long way from being overproduced.  I can hear every part that makes up the sum.  So that’s it, then: solid UK alt-rock.  Hope you’re ready to have this stuck in your head all night.  I woke up this morning with it playing in my brain.  Now it’s your turn.  Suckers!

In summary: You’re welcome.

Bonus: If you enjoyed that, you are also likely to take a shine to this live version.

“Yeah, our sound is really cool.”

~ by starcollecteur on September 5, 2013.

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