The State Of Music: Part 46 : Arizona - Snake! Snake! Snakes!

Snake! Snake! Snakes! were not an easy band to track down, mainly because up until recently they did not have a page on Bandcamp, which is always my first port of call. They also, for a band that has been in existence for 7 years, have not recorded a huge amount of music. This should not detract from what is a very very good band though. So who are Snake! Snakes! Snakes! and how did they get here? Answers to all of this and more below.

CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are Snake! Snake! Snakes! and where in the world would we find you?

Snake! Snake! Snakes! is a indie-rock group from Phoenix, Arizona. David Cooper-Drums, Jon Messenger-Guitar/Vocals, Georgie Rodriguez-Keyboards/hot pants, and Chris Sanchez-Bass. You could find our music, photos, info, and videos on &

CMM: How long has S!S!S! been in existence and how did it all start

We've been a band since 2005. It started as a four piece with bass, guitar, drums, and cello. We later found Georgie playing a keyboard at a party. He had a little monkey with him that collected change from people. After the monkey rejected the offer to be in the band, we asked Georgie and he said, "ok." Our drummer got the gout and quit the band. We got a second guitar player. We tried out about five drummers before David weaseled his way in the band. Then our second guitar player quit and it's been us four dudes since.

CMM: How best would you describe your music?

A good way to describe our music... I don't know... It's indie rock, pretty much. Loud music. Dramatic? Gay friendly.

CMM:. I am assuming there is a very diverse scene in Arizona. What are the genres of choice out there and what other bands should we be keeping an eye on?

Yeah, Arizona has a pretty diverse music scene. The more popular music out here in my opinion would probably would have to be punk and metal. Tempe has a lot of really great indie bands coming up. A couple of my personal favorite bands right now Future Loves Past, Gospel Claws, Underground Cities, Coats & Villa (rip). Theres really A LOT of good bands coming out right now. I could really go on when I think about it. DECKER! Those cats get down too. Doctor Bones. Theres a lot....

CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?

I think our music is definitely influenced by our surroundings in Arizona. We LOVE taking band trips up north for the snow, hanging out at the lakes in the summer, or having fires in the desert when it's cold at night. Arizona has a lot of beauty that a lot of people don't realize. I think it definitely shines through in our music.

CMM: What other influences do you have, musical or otherwise?

We all have different influences and they definitely range, from nature walks in the forest with the moonlight guiding you -to- watching James Brown pour out his heart and soul on stage and it makes you cry. Theres a ton of things that make us want to write music!

CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?

We really haven't released a lot of our music. Back in 2008 we recorded two songs at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and released it on our Myspace and free cd's. A year later we recorded two songs at Sky Bison studios and released them the same way. In 2010 we recorded at Flying Blanket studios and released our self-titled E.P. Just recently we released two more songs that you can buy on Itunes.

CMM: Are you able to get out an play live much?. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?

We do play live shows on a regular basis. There are some really good places to play out here. Every club/bar has their own qualities. Crescent Ballroom (great sound, really nice venue), Yucca Tap Room (ALWAYS a party there), Rogue Bar (BEST staff, trashcans, always a good time).

CMM: What's next in the pipeline for you?

Next on the list for Snakes, is ALBUM. We have a bunch of songs already written and the newer ones are even better. We're planning on getting in the studio in June or July. We'll keep you posted!

And finally, where can people reach out to you online?

People can reach us at, and check out tracks on our website at:

We also have our tracks on itunes as well:!-snake!-snakes!/id379178993

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