Saved from closure not long ago, it’s difficult not to smile when I see another gig scheduled at Trillians. Promoted as an evening of Ting, Sanatogen, & Buckfast, it’s unlikely to be the first or last time you’ll see this trio of performers.
Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska describe themselves as ghetto-tech space-rock psych. I’m not sure I even know what that is, but I do credit them for being named after a quote in one of my favourite video games of all time. And, being honest, if they didn’t name themselves after that reference, then it’s a real coincidence that the output they produce sounds as monastic and coral as the games’ original soundtrack.
The questionable attire of Lovely Wife aside (by their own admission), the tracks are considerably heavier and more sonically assaulting than their predecessors. If you’re a fan of sludge, doom or whatever Opeth have managed to invent, this is a sound you will adore.
If the Beach Boys had been born in the 90s and grown up listening to Kurt Cobain and the Smashing Pumpkins they probably wouldn’t have been very successful surfers. And they also probably would have sounded like Fret! Their sound is mirrored on the fact that they can produce the collective assault of a large truck impacting with the hard shoulder. There are moments of surprise, at one point during ‘Freeman’ I felt the band were about to break into ‘Heart Shaped Box’, but I realised that their brutal sonic is only matched with a tinder and unique female vocal that haunts as it flickers like a light in the darkness.
Catch Fret, Lovely Wife and Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska at Trillians, Newcastle on Tuesday 7th November. This is a free entry event.