The Snuts @ The Shipping Forecast Liverpool
Despite only having released two official singles so far, The Snuts have already proven they are a force to be reckoned with. Reaching over a million streams on Spotify, selling out concerts within hours (including their first headline gig at King Tut’s in Glasgow) and getting booked on festivals such as Reading and Leeds with no radio or press promotion demonstrate the power and quality of their anthemic indie rock, as well as of their dedicated fanbase and organic word-of-mouth advertising.
The Snuts were preceded by three opening acts, which provided the audience with more than enough opportunities to get familiar with the underground venue and with each other. The Shunt, a local four piece band got the early arrivals moving all around the dance floor with their self-described “sleazy basement blues rock”. Indie rockers Bushes offered a breather with their laid-back set and encouraged people to give their friends a hug and let them know they are loved, which was one of my favourite moments of their performance. The Higherside picked the energy right back up with their Arctic Monkeys influenced rock’n’roll riffs and sharp vocals. The four piece band engaged the now noticeably larger crowd with “clap-alongs” during their last song, building up the anticipation before the arrival of the main act.
The Shipping Forecast‘s low ceilings and only slightly elevated platform stage covered with a carpet for better acoustics offered an intimate yet powerful setting for the opening riffs and heartfelt vocals of The Snuts‘ first track, ‘The Matador’. The band appeared very relaxed, clearly enjoying this proximity to their audience. Over the course of the evening, they encouraged people in the front rows to get closer and closer to the stage; in this way breaking the virtual barrier between performers and audience and reaching a point of almost face-to-face closeness towards the end of their set.
One of the funniest moments of the show happened during a quick stage banter after the second song when frontman Jack Cochrane joked about audiences not understanding their Scottish accents, but Liverpool being the only place where the band is unable to pick up much of what is being said. This statement was already received with a chuckle, but the moment was augmented by a person in the crowd yelling “What’d ya say mate?” in a thick Scouse accent, which made the entire audience roar with laughter.
Although The Snuts are undeniably a young band, every single one of the nine songs they played was a crowd favourite, with people singing along to not only most of the easily memorable anthemic lyrics, but also to some of the piercingly clean sound of guitar solos and interludes in songs such as ‘What’s Going On?’ or resonant introductions such as in their most streamed track to date, ‘Glasgow’. Crowd participation gradually increased throughout the show, finally resulting in a massive singalong during the last track, ‘Sing For Your Supper’.
The Snuts, who are currently in the process of recording their debut album, have a lot of potential to become the next hot act in the UK indie scene! You can stream their music on Spotify, follow them on Facebook and check out the rest of their UK tour here.