Review: The Amazing Snakeheads – ‘Nighttime’

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The Amazing Snakeheads return with new single ‘Nighttime’ from their debut album Amphetamine Ballads. A lone echoing guitar riff reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra’s 60s classic ‘Bang Bang’ opens the track. Luckily for everyone listening it doesn’t head down the David Guetta route and churn out another remix; instead the tempo quickens and out emerges a Glaswegian blues-rock belter.

Annoyed by the ‘angry music’ tag often placed on the band, frontman Dale Barclay is unique in his sharp Glaswegian snarls. Yes, he often sounds pissed off at everything but in fact, the lyrics do not condemn society. Instead ‘Nighttime’ is verging on self-parody as Dale growls ‘Oh they say I’m bad, I’m bad to the bone’, he must be aware of the rock’n’roll cliché he’s portraying, but maybe that’s the point?

7/10

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I’m Megan Downing, an English Literature graduate from University of Southampton. I am the Music, Arts and Culture Editor for The National Student. I am the Membership and Communications Officer for the Student Publication Association, I write about music for 7BitArcade, and contribute regularly to The Culture Trip. I have a passion for live music and this is where I began in student journalism. Reviewing a gig or festival is still where my heart lies four years on. I will be starting at MTV as a News Intern in June 2015. One thing you should know about me is that I have an unhealthy obsession with Kevin Spacey.

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