The debut album The Evil That We Do . . . from Schnarff Schnarff was released on 9th September with the Inverness band launching the album in their adopted hometown of Glasgow a week later at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
This is an extremely imaginative and varied collection of songs, each adding their own little piece of drama to the soundscape of an album which was recorded by Mogwai, The Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks producer Paul Savage.
The band display a desire to go against the grain of the current accepted musical norm, producing music similar to the bands that influenced them growing up. So if you’re a fan of Brand New, Coheed and Cambria, Alkaline Trio, Deftones, Nirvana, Pixies, or QOTSA to name more than a few, then this album should be of interest to you.
‘Flip the Cross’ is the opening track (and latest animated video) starting with a burst of drums and resounding bass. The driving chorus has you toe-tapping and head-nodding instantly. There’s no let up as ‘This Is How We Get Some’ takes over with jangly guitars and a real indie/punk feel. Things are a bit more riff-driven on ‘Mario Level 1-2’ as the sound takes a larger and rounder turn only to be slowed down considerably in the short ‘Islands, pt. 1’. The almost schizophrenic ‘Whictey’ follows with its lovely intro descending gradually into a darker, almost metal version of itself before becoming a jaunty little slice of indie-pop (albeit with some recurring dark episodes).
There’s no rest as the powerful bass on ‘Cadavers’ pushes us on through to the catchy chorus with the help of some raging guitars. The atmospheric intro on ‘Gothic Waltz’ is soon augmented by emotive vocal and powerful guitar before things simmer down into a calming outro. ‘Islands, pt. 2’ takes ‘…pt.1’, speeds it up and adds a whole new dimension to the sound resulting in a real grown-up alt-rock vibe that gives glimpses of much bigger things to come.
The up tempo ‘Heavens No!’ is over in no time before the huge guitar sound of ‘Wolves’. ‘Urrrgh’ is the extremely energetic penultimate track before ‘Islands, pt. 3’ brings everything to an almost dreamlike conclusion.
With a collection of songs as imaginative and complexly constructed as these it’s hard to see anything but exciting times ahead for them.