Interview – Snap Infraction

Snap Infraction are an up and coming band with a fantastic sound – their latest track Memories Of Ourselves really helps to show their talent, with the track being found at the end of this interview.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Memories Of Ourselves, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

So, in late 2020 we had this idea of releasing a single every 2 months in 2021, which sounds slightly easier than it actually is, because towards the end it was getting kind of dicey. Anyway, Memories Of Ourselves was our 5th single. I had that opening guitar lick for a few months before it came time that we needed a song, so one day while I was mowing the lawn, the chorus kind of just came to me. I quickly got it down on the voice memos app and then fleshed out a demo a bit more (after finishing mowing the lawn of course), before sending it over to Tony to cut the drums.

All of our songs can be purchased on our bandcamp page (https://sn…ndcamp.com) and are also available on all the major streaming services!

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Not really, no. For the most part, we’ve always been a ‘virtual’ band, in that we’ve only ever played live twice; when we record, I write and demo a track at my house and send it to Tony, he records drums at his studio and sends them back to me to do the rest. It’s kind of silly, actually, since we only live 45 minutes away from each other, but it seems to work.

I hear you had a hand in the mixing process, how was that? Do you usually mix your own music?

We both mix, really. Tony is actually an audio engineer. I am a hack, but I have more time to twist the knobs and things. So, I do most of the hands-on mixing, but I lean on him heavily for his ear. And a lot of times he has a certain drum sound in mind, so he’ll mix the drums or the drums and bass, and I’ll mix the rest.

What is the writing and recording process like for you? Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

I’m sort of always writing these days. I used to sit around and wait for inspiration to strike but, while some of the songs that we released in 2021 had been previously written, there were definitely a couple where it was like “We need a song, now”, so I’ve gotten into the habit of continuously writing, and being able to write on command to varying degrees of success, which will come in handy because we’re currently compiling songs for a full album.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

We’re sort of in planning mode currently. We have some ideas for the future but nothing set in stone yet. I’d say it’s a good bet that we put out at least one single in 2022 as we prep for an album release in 2023.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We are in the Philadelphia area and the music scene here is great. There are so many amazing artists and venues. It really is a vibrant scene.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Our influences are kind of a Venn diagram of things, with actually a lot of overlap. If I were to generalize, I would say Tony prefers heavier things and I prefer more poppy stuff, but it’s really all just variances in preference. I mean, I am very much into The Beatles and he is very much into Van Halen, but that doesn’t mean the other isn’t also very much into those bands, if that makes sense? But for me it’s more of a songwriting thing: I definitely am influenced by the Beatles, Oasis, Supergrass, but we sometimes throw in some heavier elements into our songs to keep things interesting. Recently we’ve both been into the new Spoon record, and I’ve kind of been diving back into some late 90s/early 2000s stuff that I may have missed and/or forgotten about.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We haven’t really played out live in the past, but we recently put a band together (which means adding another person haha) and played in NYC in October of 2021, which was fun, so I’m hoping to book some shows in 2022 and try out some new material before we head back into the studio..

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

If you’re looking for dance moves and costume changes, you might want to stay away. But if you love rock & roll, we’re you’re band. Since we’re a 3 piece live, it can sometimes be a little bit difficult to reproduce the record on stage, but I don’t really want to do that and I think it’s more fun to sort of interpret your own songs for a live context. It’s interesting because I love Rush, who would essentially reproduce their record live (which is amazing for three dudes), and I totally appreciate that (I saw them live a couple of times and was totally blown away), but I’ve also been listening to a lot of early live Police, which is, looser maybe? I mean, they’re still tight as hell, but there’s an energy there that’s not on the records, sort of like they’re teetering on the edge of catastrophe! I think that’s what we’re striving for, because we’re certainly not Rush (that being said, we’re certainly not The Police either). Where they may have been teetering on the edge, we’ve fallen over and are clinging onto the edge for dear life!

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks for listening so far, and stay tuned for more! Peace and love!