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The St. Pierre Snake Invasion — A Hundred Years a Day (October 31, 2015)

The St. Pierre Snake Invasion — A Hundred Years a Day (October 31, 2015)

 The St. Pierre Snake Invasion A Hundred Years a Day (Oct. 31, 2015)
Location: Bristol, UK
Album release: October 31, 2015
Record Label: The St Pierre Snake Invasion
Genre: Alternative Rock
Duration:     32:14
01. Thanks but the Answer’s No      1:20
02. David Ickearumba      3:33
03. When I See a Sycophant Fly      4:54
04. Rock ‘n’ roll Workshops      1:57
05. Sex Dungeons & Dragons      4:12
06. Like a Rag to a Red Bull      0:41
07. Jesus, Mary & Joseph Talbot      2:09
08. The Great Procrastinator      4:40
09. Refauxlution      3:15
10. A Hundred Years a Day      2:19
11. If the Only Way Is Essex You Can Kill Me Now      3:19
Ξ♠Ξ  Damien Sayell — Vocals
Ξ♠Ξ  Szack Notaro — Guitar/Vocals
Ξ♠Ξ  Patrick Daly — Guitar/Vocals
Ξ♠Ξ  Sam James — Drums
Ξ♠Ξ  Mark Fletcher — Bass
Reviewed By: Will Bright
Ξ♠Ξ  A Hundred Years A Day is a debut album four years in the making for Bristol rockers The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, taking the gritty, gain–heavy, guitar–driven sound showcased in their first two EPs, Flesh and Everyone’s Entitled To My Opinion to a new level. Originally intended as another EP, the group decided to flesh their new material out into a full–length album: always somewhat risky, as writing and producing five solid tracks is far simpler job. There are low points, sure, almost inevitable collateral from such a decision, but fans of the band (as well as acts like Royal Blood, The Orwells and Fat White Family) now have something far juicier into which to sink their teeth.
Ξ♠Ξ  With tracks that range from forty seconds of pure angry noise to almost five minutes of garage groove, it’s an impressive feat that all eleven are unified by both a distinct sound and energy. It’s a sound that is perhaps best translated with the frantically short songs: The Great Procrastinator clocks in at 4:40, and while enjoyable and well crafted, it feels like it drags. Compare that to When I See A Sycophant Fly, which is even longer but grooves along perfectly at a slower tempo, and it's clear that TSPSI excel at both short, frantic songs and longer grooves. It's just when they mix the two that something feels wrong. Or just a little too long.
Ξ♠Ξ  And those shorter songs? The sheer, heart’pounding energy of Thanks But The Answer’s No, Rock ‘N’ Roll Workshops and in particular the furious, forty second Like A Rag To A Red Bull, are some of the best, filthiest garage punk I’ve heard for a while. These are songs that give you no option but to be drawn in within the first bar, a necessity when they have such little time to make an impact. Like A Rag To A Red Bull opens with one of the dirtiest pieces of bass around, a perfect set–up to what is essentially just a blast of angst.
Ξ♠Ξ  It’s Royal Blood that came to my mind when I first gave the LP a listen. However, Royal Blood's debut album hasn’t drawn me back to it more than a couple of times since I first listened, and it’s fair to say that TSPSI are delivering that style of garage punk driven by heavy riffage on a level that makes Royal Blood look even less imaginative than I first thought. It’s the fantastic indie rockers Fat White Family to which TSPSI should really be held up: it might be the psychedelic streak of both, that sense of musical weirdness that does its best to defy genre, which unites the two as some of the best alternative jams Britain’s pumping out at the moment.
Ξ♠Ξ  Certainly though, if Royal Blood managed mainstream success, it’s hard to see TSPSI not achieving the same. None of these songs are poppy, but there’s a twisted catchiness to David Ickearumba and If The Only Way Is Essex You Can Kill Me Now that might just catch on. Then again, better that these guys keep producing music of this level of creativity and energy even if radio audiences are turned off by it.
Ξ♠Ξ  The real question is whether A Hundred Years A Day holds up as a debut foray into full–length albums. The only real answer is yes: even if some songs drag, it’s a commendable effort in songwriting that reflects the four years of growth since TSPSI’s debut EP back in 2011. I’ll take a couple of duds if it means I can hear other songs which hide their fantastic craftsmanship under a blanket of noise. Not every album can be perfect, but TSPSI should be chuffed to have produced something as great as this.
Ξ♠Ξ  http://thepunkarchive.blogspot.com/
Bandcamp: https://tspsi.bandcamp.com/album/a-hundred-years-a-day
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tspsi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestpierresnakeinvasion?_rdr=p
Press/Agent: Graham MacLean:
Website: http://tspsi.co.uk/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tspsi

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