If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
Noisy, catchy, simple and above all: FUN
How did you end up as Salt The Snail?
All three of us have been in different bands for a while, that’s how we met. We’ve always wanted to make music because being creative is really important to all of us. Sitting in a wildly decorated room with your mates, eating pizza, drinking beer, talking about wrestling and then making this stupid fun noise and getting all these thoughts out of your head that aren’t acceptable to say in everyday conversation, it’s boss. It’s a completely different, vibrant, colourful lifestyle.
Can you pinpoint a gig that initially inspired you?
I saw The Hives at Glastonbury in 2013 and they just put on this wildly entertaining show. It was about 1pm and everyone was a bit subdued but they just gave it hell and by the end of their set I was completely engrossed. I’d shaken my head in astonishment so much throughout their set that my hangover disappeared. The penny dropped to me that music is entertainment and that’s what I want people to feel when they hear us or see us play. I wasn’t even that fussed on The Hives prior to that.
Do you have a favourite song to perform?
We have a song called Ideasman and it’s just so easy and enjoyable to play so we can all go nuts during it. It’s not necessarily one of our best but I think it encapsulates us best, the idea of having no inhibitions and just losing your damn mind for a bit.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Musically we are influenced by the likes of McLusky, Clutch and other such noiseniks. We also take influence from a lot of the independent bands we have worked and played with: SPQR, Sweet Deals On Surgery, Queen Zee, Exoskeletons, Jazzhands, Obstacles… all model bands that have shown us the way. We like to shoehorn as many appropriate pop culture references as we can into our music as well, so our favourite film and TV, wrestling and of course we go heavy on the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia stuff.
Being so involved with the independent music scene, a lot of our music focuses on the eccentrics, the hipsters, the self-centred, the sublime and the oblivious. It makes for a lot of fun.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
We’d really like to take an iron sharpens iron approach and play with bands of a similar ilk to us who are heavy on the energy. I’d like to go toe-to-toe with Idles, Metz, Protomartyr and Gnarwolves.
Do you have a favourite venue?
Ah, this is tough. There are so many in Liverpool alone: Dumbulls, EBGBS, The Jac. Then there’s The Ferret in Preston – where we played our first ever show and it went off – and The Windmill in Brixton, where they put a free BBQ out when there’s a show on. I can’t get much further past our spiritual home Maguires to play or put on a show though. Pizza and music is the next chicken and beer; Netflix and chill is the next chicken and beer; then music and pizza will truly catch on, trust me. It’s gonna be big.
Why is music important to you?
Because it is the best thing. It powers everything we do. It’s our sugar, it gets us all amped up and excited, it gets us all chilled, it gets us all contemplative. Listening to Kanye West makes me feel like a pure DON and I am not anything close to that. It can do anything. I want to get all the music I love and pour it all over my head like a giant fountain.
Salt The Snail play Smithdown Road Festival on Sunday 6th May. The single Spanish Announce Table is out now via Society Of Losers.