GenresAcid Jazz, Acid rock, Garage rock, Surf Rock Rockabilly, Desert rock, Grunge, Dream pop, Drone Metal, Indie, Psychedelic rock More...
LocationOmaha NE United States
Sounds LikeBlack Angels, Black Keys, Black Lips, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Sabbath
LabelMake Believe Recordings
Digital Locationhttp://www.reverbnation.com/snakeislandarego musicpage.com/snakeislandarego
HistoryMember since: 11/04/2011 Year Founded: 2010
- Original material: 02 hrs : 00 min
- Average Draw: 500
- Largest crowd: 1,000
- Have sound: Partial PA
- Original Songs:
- CDs released: 2
- CDs sold: 400
- Digital songs sold: 190
Snake Island! is fuzzed-out teenage blues; reverb-drenched psychedelia; a maniacal force of volume; shamans of love; runaway sons of a post-nuclear age and most exulted revelators of the secret cosmic Id
The band formed in the spring of 2010 as a collaboration between guitarists and friends Allan Schleich (Omaha) and Garrett Schmelzel (Portland) who had been jamming and exchanging song ideas through email and video chat.
Allan created the concept when he was invited to join in a tour of China with other Omaha bands if he could start his own in time. He invited Garrett to move from Portland to Omaha and help put the project together. With the promise of a once in a life-time chance to see and perform in China, Garrett drove across the country to Omaha and came up with the name for the project.
After finalizing a line-up to tour with, the band practiced overnights at the local DIY venue The Hole for an entire summer, honing their songs from sunset to sunrise three to four days a week, occasionally letting a crowd spill in from other shows to view the progress. By the end of that summer the band was ready to start performing shows and hop on a plane to Beijing. Unfortunately the promoter in China and the other bands faced scheduling and financial conflicts so the plug had to be pulled on the entire tour.
Undeterred, Snake Island! began to gig relentlessly within the local and regional Indie and Garage Rock circuits and gained notoriety for themselves after many now-infamous house show performances. After months of playing almost weekly through-out 2011, their efforts culminated in them earning an Omaha Entertainment Arts Award for "Best New Artist 2011".
On New Year’s Eve 2012 the band released their first self-titled 10" off Fear of Music records. The limited run soon sold out and the band self-released a 12" version of the same album which they took across the country with them on their ambitious 2012 summer tour.
Fiercely DIY in terms of printing their own T-shirts and album covers as well booking entire tours by themselves, Snake Island! has garnered a large enough reputation in order to share the stage with such notable acts as A Place to Bury Strangers, White Mystery, The Night Beats, The Growlers, Hunters, The Biters, The Booze, Digital Leather , and Black Joe & The Honeybears .
In October of 2012 Snake Island! was invited to perform on the Halloween special of the punk rock public access kids show Chic-A-Go-Go where they debuted the new single “All My Friends Are Wolfmen, Yeah” they recorded specifically for that event. Additionally the band was once again nominated for two awards by the O.E.A.A. committee this time for “Best Artist” and “Best Rock”.
In 2013 Snake Island! received yet another O.E.A.A. award for Best Rock and jumped in the studio with Make Believe Records to record their first full length LP “Evil Music” which is set to be released July 13th.
Later on in the year, Snake Island! completed a month-long tour of the Western US travelling 10,000 miles and performing in 25 different cities. Upon arrival back home the band received another O.E.A.A. nomination for Best Rock. More tours and weekend treks are soon to follow.
The two highlights I caught were Snake Island playing a blistering, well-crafted set of garage-ish rock that was too well-played, too “put together’ to really be considered “garage.” The word “slick” came to mind, along with “professional” and “tight.”
Tucson WeeklyAugust 15, 2013
“Omaha, Neb.'s Snake Island!, a rock 'n' roll quartet completed by a touring projectionist, proved to be quite a find. Their sound connects the dots from the 13th Floor Elevators and the Velvet Underground, through Spacemen 3 and beyond. Whether Snake Island! is updating this style or just playing it so well that it comes off as contemporary is subjective; what matters is that the end result is fantastic. Their mostly slow, rhythmic songs, while melodic and monolithic in their own right, served as beds for singer Garrett Schmelzel, who shrieked and growled demonically through a modified microphone, which just made his voice more unearthly. Snake Island!, despite their psychedelic forebears' best (or worst) intentions, were not very mind-expanding; just raw, primitive and foaming at the mouth. And, frankly, that was more than enough.”
Beaumont EnterpriseJune 29, 2012
“This band has all the loose cannon appeal of a psychedelic garage band, but the perfectly driving drums and bluesy, psychedelic ’60s guitar all come together so seamlessly that it’s impossible to stop listening. The band calls its sound “fuzzed-out teenage blues, reverb-drenched psychedelica, a maniacal force of volume” and I can hardly come up with a better description than that.”
Mouse Mouse BlogApril 09, 2012
“Same night across town- Snake Island played the dirty, gritty, and jam packed O’leavers Pub which is one of Omaha’s legendary rock n’ roll landmarks. It was a very fitting venue for the band who seem to sound better each time I stumble upon seeing them.”
The ReaderFebruary 13, 2012
“Snake Island! proved their worthiness of their Best New Artist award with a quality set of stark-raving-mad blues-garage punk rave-ups, highlighted by the floor tom-loving pummeling of newish drummer Mike Zimmerman.”
December 19, 2011
“Snake Island! used their opening set as a continued announcement of their rapidly-developing raw power. The band now hits on touchstones like the Doors, the Gun Club and 13th Floor Elevators in a way that easily conveys both knowledge and their own innate creative streak within those influences. The closest contemporary may just be Austin, Tex.'s Black Angels, though Snake Island! throbs with elements of surf, rockabilly and other biker-rock moves that the Angels just drone away from