The Story of The Snakes
Long ago and far away, well sometime in the 80s and mostly in Wiltshire, there were various things happening that nobody knows or cares very much about now. Does The Band of Gypsies mean anything to you?! Did they dye in vain? And then, of course, there was Celophane Aeroplane (who invented Brit Pop) and Tiny Monroe (who didn't).
Many have wandered, but few got as far as Wolverhampton.
Society was changing, people had hair both short, long and medium, sometimes on the same head.
Oasis had drained the life out of the oasis that was once a moist clothing retail outlet.
A New Country was rising from the empty clothes hangers of yesterdays chip & pin rappers, rising like a Pheonix from Arizona.
And then it happened. The chance meeting of Richard Davies' near fatal automobile fender and Simon Moor's thin but manly leg, upon the killing fields of Muswell Hill. It was 2002. Each recognised the other as their former Band of Gypsy band mate (despite the now lack of eye liner). Richard invited Simon to stand up, while Simon invited Richard down to his level. The pair began working on songs that would form the back bone of the live set and first album for a new band, a band that would soon be know simply as THE SNAKES. (Nothing to do with the Whitesnake off shoot of the same name, or any of the other 300 bands called The Snakes...Gawd help us, it wasn't that simple after all!)

Anyway, enthused by a new found enthusiasm to be enthusiastic, Simon & Rich called upon some trusted allies, enlisting the mighty Dan Tilbury on drums (Band of Gypsies & Celophane Aeroplane) and bass man about town Alex Culpin (Tiny Monroe) to become The Snakes!
Before you could say "What do you mean by Americana?" they were regular fixtures on the London Alt-Country scene, playing The Borderline, Come Down and Meet the Folks and What's Cookin', to name but a few.
An EP was released and a song was included on the What's Cookin' compilation CD, What's Kickin' Vol 1. That song, 'I'll Be Around' caught the ear of Mark Lamaar, who became a champion of the band (though we never made him fight anyone, we didn't stop him either).
Then came the first album...SONGS FROM THE SATELLITES (2006 Holiday Disaster Records), which gained immediate praise from BBC TV & Radio Legend Bob Harris who declared himself a fan (we haven't head a whisper since then), while Mark Lamarr went one step further by inviting the band into the studio for a live session on his BBC Radio 2 show, recorded at the legendary Maida Vale Studios (near London's Queen Victoria Beckham & Albert Square Museum).
Pete Smart, meanwhile, had joined the band by this time, bringing along his acoustic guitar, harmonica and back ground vocals skills to the four.
Sometime around now, the band toured the UK with Texan troubadour Tommy Hale, acting as his backing band.
With a gig in London's Leicester Square (near Leicester), in front of a large and enthusiastic audience member, things seemed to be going very well for the band.
Then came time to think about making the follow up, the difficult 2nd album. (If I was in a band I'd miss out the 2nd album and go straight to the 3rd, saves time AND money).
It took a little longer than planned. In 2007, Alex left the band after a fashion, to be replaced by Johnny O who, in addition to bass, also added a range of instruments, song writing and vocals to the mix. Bridging the gap between albums, the 5 track EP Extended Player was released in 2008, prompting Americana UK to dub the band "The new heroes of Country Rock".
The 2nd album SOMETIME SOON... was finally released on Red Eye Music in 2010. It was received extremely well by press and radio, with Mark Lamarr playing tracks on a weekly basis on his BBC Radio 2 show and gaining a 4 star review in Uncut Magazine.
Further gigs around the country and a BBC Radio Wales session raised the band's profile further.
Tracks were included on two significant compilation CDs, 2010's Divided by a Common Language Vol.1, a review of which described the band as "Muswell Hill's own Whiskeytown" (even though at this point none of the band lived in Muswell Hill), and a double album release from Germany entitled Country Rock Heads Vol.1 along side the likes of global stars Keith Urban, Lady Antbellum, the legendary Joe Brown and Kevin Costner (the bloke from Field of Dreams? I didn't see that coming!)
The band also recorded Never Going Back to Nashville for Never Records, as part of the Merge Festival.
Work on the next album began in 2011, with 12 songs recorded in a week long session. Ranging from simple sparse arrangements to full on kitchen sink extravaganzas, the album includes nods to many of the band's heroes, including Mott The Hoople, Gene Clark, Mink Deville, The Stones and the Who. Released on Bucketfull of Brains on May 27th 2013, THE LAST DAYS OF ROCK & ROLL is not so much a lament for the good old days of vinyl and valves, as it is a declaration of defiance against the age of intangible downloads and TV Talent shows. Many songs from the album have become favourites in the live set and gigs to promote the album culminated with a storming headline set at the What's Cookin Summer Picnic. In September, the band were invited to headline a Warren Zevon tribute night in London, along side label mate Benjamin Folke Thomas, which was a resounding success. The band were joined for that gig by long time friend Tim Hughes on keyboards. Following Richard's departure in Spring 2014, the band invited Tim to join. His proper debut with the band was supporting The Rockingbirds at The Lexington, later playing the Summertyne Festival in Newcastle.

In 2015 / 2016 various members of The Snakes got together to work on a new album for their old Texan pal Tommy Hale. Simon acted as producer & guitarist, with Dan Tilbury on drums, Johnny O on bass and various guitars and things. The album, Magnificent Bastard, turned out very nice indeed (thank you very much!) Pete, Richard & Chris are currently playing in a Creedence Clearwater Revival covers band called Creedence Clearwater Revival Revival (that's actually not a joke!) Simon, Johnny & Dan toured the UK in April 2017 as part of Tommy Hale's Magnificent Bastards (along side Snakes' producer Nick Beere on guitar & keyboards).
Simon & Johnny are currently working on an album project, as well as playing the odd gig as a duo under the name Hot Snake Time Machine (that's not a joke either...well, it's not supposed to be at least!)
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