Snappa [Covers 50s - present, 3 piece]
What a band - didn't think this was my type of music at first, but when they played Billy Idol's "White "Wedding" it was amazing. I knew all the songs that they sang - there was also a good mix of old and new, I've never heard a band that can sing and play so well together. The lead singer has an amazing voice - snappa could go all the way.
lisaTuesday 4 September 2007
The first time the band had played here and they took the place by storm with people saying that they are the best band to have played here. The crowd started off listening to the opening numbers but were soon up jumping around. Mick, the perfect frontman and even prepared to share his spaghetti, Stu, unbelievable on guitar and Matt, keeping it all together on drums. See them now before they leave us to become famous and rich. Thank you Snappa for all the great evenings.
mikeMonday 24 September 2007
We came to see Snappa at the Westgate last night after hearing so many good reports about the band, we were not disappointed, in fact me and my friends were blown away by such a top quality band. The venue was wall to wall moshing and singing, it was grea
LouiseSunday 18 June 2006
Cheers Louise it was great fun, we love it when a gig turns in to a lairy party! Thank you for your message and hope to see again! Snappa
When I heard that our local rock heroes Snappa (a group that appear to consistently strive to be interesting and hard-to-define) were to play at the Railway, I couldn't help wondering how they would go down. Wasn't this a hangout for scantily-clad teens whose diet of choice was Alcopops and Little Miss Dynamite?
The band gave us their customary starters, twin tales of youth trauma Teenage Kicks and Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn't've ...): ideal material for singer/bassist Mick's charmingly sneering style. These were followed by a rollercoaster ride through rock, pop and reggae epics, all a fine showcase for guitarist Stuart's virtuosity and skill: one minute dipping into the 60's with Jimi Hendrix's Fire; shooting back up to the 90's with Cigarettes And Alcohol by Oasis, The Verve's Lucky Man and Bohemian Like You (The Dandy Warhols); and then dropping sharply into the 70's with Telegram Sam. This was followed by crowd pleaser Honky Tonk Women, a point in the show at which band followers are often heard to be shouting and stamping for Joy (Russell, that is), a regular and highly popular guest vocalist. However, on this occasion, I was left open-mouthed by Matt (drums) and his searingly strong (and high) backing vocals. The first set finished with the perennial All Along The Watchtower, packed with a feast (for those that crave this sort of thing) of feedback and extended drum solos.
Act Two was, as Mick declared, a proper Partyfest, a line-up of numbers with Punch, Swagger, and most of all Attitude - always an ingredient in Snappa's clever choice of music, and substantially added to by the band themselves: Substitute, Come Together (complete with those backwards rhythms), Toots and the Maytal's Ska standard 54-46 Was My Number ('Picked this one up on our recent tour of the Caribbean,' said Mick with his infectious smirk), Walk On The Wild Side, 20th Century Boy, Gloria, I Saw Her Standing There, Sympathy For the Devil, and wild, party atmosphere versions of Mrs Robinson and I'm A Believer. The encore - the landlady's choice - of My Generation also contained a fine moment of audience involvement: "Why don't you all..."shouted Mick, "F* OFF!" cried back the demure crowd, with obvious relish. After all, what right-thinking adult doesn't enjoy the chance to swear in unison?
Another great evening for SNAPPA. This band would stand out on any pub/covers band circuit for their humour and confidence, ability, magnetic stage presence and eclectic choice of music.
Some of the fantastic covers that they often play, but didn't on this particular evening, include: Back in the USSR and Rain by the Mop Tops (the latter, an inspired and much missed selection), Song 2 by Blur, the very dark Gimme Shelter and Elvis Costello's Pump It Up.
Penny Wyatt - Burnham On Sea
Penny WyattSunday 19 February 2006
Wonderful gig - we were so impressed with Snappa. A bit 'Leftfield' at times, also occasional hints of 'Drums and Bass', which I love. Snappa played some old tunes (often the not so usual ones) so well but 'differently'. I loved the strong rhythms from the lead guitarist. The bass playing for me again was a bit different - very rich and thumpy! I imagine some chunky amps present. Mr Drummer holding the thing together so well. A fabulous combination, we will be coming to watch again very soon. (I loved the alternative 'Come Together' with different bass lines ) and what a 'cool' image!
david harrisSunday 2 October 2005