Snob: S/T 7"
Note: this is not the Snob from Vancouver; it's the one from London, England. Anyway, debut 7" from this London band after a killer demo tape last year. I know that Ellie from Good Throb is in Snob, and I've been poking around on the internet (not easy with such an un-Google-able name) and looking closely at the insert trying to figure out if it's her singing or not, because it definitely sounds a bit like her singing in Good Throb. However, Snob are an utterly different band. Whereas a lot of what I love about Good Throb is the tension between Ellie's extremely aggressive and confrontational lyrics and vocals and the kind of joyful, fun nature of the instrumentation, Snob seems to fully embrace that negative world view in all aspects, creating music that is as dark and confrontational as the lyrics. The result is something that bears more than a passing resemblance to Rudimentary Peni, mostly because of the interesting interplay between the guitar and the bass... Snob have definitely mastered that early Rudi P trope of having the bass repeat a very simple figure over and over while the guitar does something ever so slightly more complex over the top. Another gem from the fertile scene of London, England, aka the best place to be a punk in 2014. Highly recommended.