In 2020, the long-running British punk band Snuff had just put out the EP The Wrath of Thoth and had every intention of touring behind that record. Then came the global COVID pandemic.
“Unfortunately, the last album never got to go on tour or be played out,” says guitarist Loz Wong, who has been with the band since the mid– ’90s. “The song “Dippy Egg,” off the last record, is a set regular and bloody popular so that gets a good airing when we are gigging. We are looking to resolve this matter as soon as possible—Hopefully we’ll have some of the songs of There’s A Lot Of It About (their 2019 LP) in the upcoming sets for this summer and autumn touring.”
And while musicians across the globe, stuck at home, were trying their hands at baking, gardening and just about anything to stave off the boredom, Wong was battling the pandemic.
“Personally, I continued working all through the first lockdown,” he says. “I work in an NHS hospital here, so we were at the front line in terms of COVID, and it was a kind of hell I’d not wish on my worst enemy. I have nothing but the utmost admiration and respect for my clinical and medical colleagues who saved so many lives in that time through their dedication and skills. It’s just a shame our government did not recognize that in any meaningful way, but they damn sure took the credit. The rise of anti-vaxxers, and other misinformed individuals is also a big disappointment but that is way of humanity at the moment, where stupidity and patriotism seem to be the same thing.”
The band had already been working on new music, but that first lockdown provided the opportunity to finish what they had started. The end result is Crepuscolo Dorato Della Bruschetta Borsetta Calzetta Cacchetta Trombetta Lambretta Giallo Ossido, Ooooooh Così Magnifico!‘ (Or Crepuscolo Dorato, for short), released in April on SBÄM Records/10 Past 12 Records.
“This album was kind of born in the first lockdown of 2020 although it had been gestating for a year with the individual songwriters, but in terms of when the “meat” of the songs was added, yes, it is very much a “lockdown” record,” Wong says.
There is not really a general theme to the album, but Duncan Redmonds, the drummer, singer and main songwriter for Snuff takes on societal issues via his lyrics, covering issues both domestic and political—with a healthy dose of humor tossed in.
“Personally, I love Duncan’s lyrics,” Wong says. “He speaks a language I totally get, it’s not too wordy and just enough vitriol with poignant flavors to keep me interested.”
Making up for several years off the road, lost to the pandemic, Snuff is finally out playing shows again. But sadly, no plans are set yet for shows in the U.S.
“We would love to return to the U.S. and play some shows. We were scheduled to do the Punk in Drublic festival and a few other shows in 2018 but that went to shit after NOFX had the Vegas thing happen and all those shows fell through,” he says. “We are itching to get back over so it is something we are pursuing. The main stopping block is the cost of work visas for the U.S. It ain’t cheap!”
Watch the lyric video for “Green Glassing Chippings” here:
Photo courtesy of Clinton Mayfield