Last week, I was fortunate enough to catch up with the members of ‘Snailbones’ and ask them about Portland’s favorite mollusk-inspired band.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
- Simple distorted grungerock riffs backed up with a mix of female/male vocals and solid drumming.
Who are your biggest influences?
- Kurt, Albini, Duane Dennison, Kim Deal, Thurston Moore, Tod Trainer, I could be here all day adding more to the list.
What’s your songwriting process like? Anything in particular that inspires you?
- We tend to make up a new song on the spot during practices, I think those songs generally come out a lot better than when I sit down and write a song. Songs that come from spontaneity seem to satisfy me more than trying to force out a song. I think we quit writing songs, now songs seem to find us once in a while during practices. A majority of our songs are just pieces of other songs that didn’t work to make one that actually works.
What’s the best show you’ve ever played?
- Best show we’ve played so far is definitely between Hotel Utah in SF, Black Water Bar, and Watershed PDX.
Aliens exist: yes or no?
- We can’t possibly be the only lifeforms in infinite space. I’m sure there are some amazing life forms out there somewhere living it up listening to some Snailbones wondering what the hell it is.
What is your favorite song in your discography?
- Slave to Hate
What’s the hardest part of being in a band?
- Putting together a string of shows. Putting together a tour. Setting up shows in general. It’s a lot of work.
Coke or Pepsi?
Cats or Dogs?
- Pugs and Cats
Leather Jacket or Jean Jacket?
- zipup hoodie
80’s hair metal, 90s grunge, or 00’s pop?
- 00’s pop! Joking of course. 90’s grunge (bands like mudhoney, cat butt, some velvet sidewalk, Nirvana) loved 80’s punk rock a lot too!
If you could collaborate with one person for a song, dead or alive, who would it be?
- Kim Deal and Thurston Moore!!
What can we expect from you in the near and/or distant future?
- We’re currently finishing up recordings for our first album and are pretty excited to finally have it done.
‘Snailbones’ is playing October 19th at The Fixin’ To in Portland, OR. If you haven’t had the chance to see these guys play a set, I highly recommend it. Between the grungey, distorted punk riffs, the loud, powerful vocals, and the fun, high-energy attitude exuded from each member on stage, ‘Snailbones’ consistently puts on a show to remember. If you’d like to check them out online, follow the links below!