WHAT'S IT TO YA
What is there to say about Snew? They are the quintessential shit kicker band. There's several out there. There's bands like Broken Teeth, Rhinobucket and American Dog to name a few. Then, there's Snew. Snew has been kicking around for a few years now, growing a couple fans at a time but making an impact independently with a level of persistence that only guys that are truly dedicated to their craft can appreciate. Given that life forces me to be wedged in with a lot of image conscious, douchey modern metal/post hardcore bands that would never understand this level of commitment, I'm always one to give a DIY band like Snew every chance. Thankfully, they have proven the musical chops once again to warrant some attention from not only me, but the hard rock community at large. WHAT'S IT TO YOU feels just like the boot hitting your ass when you were a teenager telling your dad that you couldn't do something because it was too hard.
WHAT'S IT TO YA has that whisky drinking bar sound that is always appealing to the biker rock community of the world. While I named a few bands above, multiple listens to WHAT'S IT TO YA remind me alot of another band - Jackyl. Specifically, this album has that raw, but powerful feel of Jackyl's second album PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. You can stop reading here if that's not what you are into! Songs like "Pull My Stinger" showcase the not so subtle innuendo that powers so many of these bands. Vocalist Curtis Don Vito is never going to win the Geoff Tate award for clean vocals, but his warbly razorblade carved up sound fits perfect with the music these guys write. He and the band rip things up on "Tearing Up Your City" with reckless abandon. You literally can picture a big fat guy with his SAMCRO wannabe colors on headbanging with his fist firmly flailing away in the air as you listen. Andy Lux is another of those hidden treasures of riffology that's out there. Much like Steve Theado of American Dog, Lux can just flat out riff and, yet, gets almost no credit for his powerful playing. He tears it up on each and every song.
PITRIFF RATING - 88/100 - WHAT'S IT TO YA is, pretty much, exactly what you would expect from this band, or any band like it. They are very much a biker's delight of a band, and that's probably the exact audience they are looking to reach. Snew has hit it again hard. If you don't like it, then Snew You, pal!