For Fans Of: Gender Roles / FangClub / Bloody Knees
Combining grunge with pop sensibilities to shape their sound with fuzzed up guitars whilst still maintaining radio friendly melodies, snake eyes have been shaking things up since 2019. We chat to vocalist, guitarist Jim Heffy about their upcoming EP, skeletons, and how dad named the band.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Photos: Toni Coe-Brooker
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
snake eyes started as me just making demos in my room. Once I got the ball rolling and figured out how to actually write a bloody song, I got some mates involved to help play and record them and that’s basically how the band formed in 2019. I had asked my dad to come up with some band names (big up Dennis) – and one of them on the list he sent was snake dance. Swapped the word dance for eyes and here we are!
Going way back to the beginning, can you recall your very first memory of music?
I remember being sat in front of speakers in our family home and my dad playing the white album and R.E.M. I must have been super young. We’d also watch the blur greatest hits music videos on the tv which I thought was the best. Would watch the lot.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
I’m sure it would be different for the 3 of us but I’m a huge fan of the Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett. She did a great record with Kurt Vile so think she’d be a great collaborator but would love to watch her and her band play from the side of the stage each night. You can dream can’t ya?
“BLOODY massive tune! This lot get fiercer and harder every time with a pop-sensibility”
Melita Dennett BBC Introducing The South
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
That’s a funny question as we were actually only able to play one show before lockdown, although we played a virtual show on Facebook with our friends in Crashface. The first show was at the Green Door Store in Brighton and it was a rainy Sunday night. As it was the first show I’d played as a “front man”, I was pretty nervous and figured we’d do a low key show to get into the swing of things. A bunch of friends showed up and it ended up pretty busy so it was really great. A perfect first show I’d say. And nothing went wrong either. Ace!
Your EP, skeletons, is out next month. How does that feel and what were some of the most challenging and most fun aspects of recording it?
Feels great! We’ve been prepping things for a while so it’s been good to get the tunes out there. We recorded it all ourselves in a pretty DIY manor so it was done at our own pace in our own homes so there was no stress really. We did go to record drums and realised there was a crack in a cymbal so had to wait for that to be sent off and repaired but other than that, the recording process was fairly “hiccup” free.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Always time for pineapple on a pizza! Life’s too short for margaritas. Spice up ya life!
Rising to the challenge, snake eyes have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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