Saddled with the responsibility of penning their own bio for their sophomore album, â€œDoing the Distanceâ€, the members of Snowglobe, only too familiar with the tendency to drag ass, came up with a brilliant plan. â€œCancel your appointments, go in that room, shut the door, and donâ€™t come out until it is written.â€ Theyâ€™re still in thereâ€¦ but at least we have the bio.
Snowglobe have been playing music together since high school. They are 5 Memphis boys with a penchant for the kind of rock that puts a subtle jangle in your step and a pop song in your heart. They released their debut album, â€œOur Land Brainsâ€ in 2002.
â€œDoing the Distanceâ€ is Snowglobeâ€™s 2nd album. 3 years later and a world of experiences further on, the members of Snowglobe share with you, dear reader, their take on the music in their own wordsâ€¦
The resonating feeling was that â€œDoing The Distanceâ€ was a gently grown-up Snowglobe. Just as the â€œPopâ€ we care about has grown up a little bit, and most likely so have you. We stress â€œlittleâ€ because we donâ€™t want pop (or you) to grow up too much now do we?
What do you get then? Steve Earle? Norah Jones?
The Flaming Lips? Perhaps, but weâ€™re in no position to say. We are a bit behind on our â€œadult contemporary popâ€. What does that mean anyway? Pop made by adults?
We digressâ€¦ point being, â€œDoing The Distanceâ€ climbs the mountain made by Mercury Rev (the band that you should have been listening to instead of The Flaming Lips.) There are pop bands that make it count, and then there are the rest. Snowglobe makes it count.
Now on to the music:
The albumâ€™s second track â€œLoaded Gunâ€ is not the kind of gem just tossed off or farted out, but rather it is calculated with care. Not that Snowglobe would toss off or fart out songs â€“ we realize that your attention span wears thin with all the clutter out there. We strive to battle â€œEntertainment Attention Deficit Disorderâ€ on all fronts!
Ah the fuzz guitar solo on â€œMs. Juneâ€â€¦ if only â€œAmerican badassâ€ were a classification of guitar solo.
â€œAimless Sailorâ€ takes a minute before turning into a big-hooked reason for hitting repeat. You know that guy who is always force-feeding everyone new music and always pulls the â€œcheck-out-what-this- song-does-towards-the-endâ€ line? â€œAimless Sailorâ€ was built for that guy.
An uncanny, but not orphaned rocker appears with â€œRock Song,â€ not that youâ€™ll be asleep or anything by this juncture, weâ€™re just saying that it rocks.
â€œMediumâ€ contains the albumâ€™s other incredible guitar solo, and letâ€™s just say that itâ€™s also the best
piano/electric ballad since whatâ€¦ maybe the original Nazz version of â€œHello, Itâ€™s Meâ€ or Harry Nilssonâ€™s â€œWithout Youâ€?
We do not envy the female muse that caused â€œRegimeâ€ to be written. Sad days.
And the tracks we didnâ€™t mention? Well they are the glue that holds the rest together. There is no filler. â€œDoing The Distanceâ€ is a 16-track UP YOURS to the face of jaded sterility and teetotalers who claim that all of the good stuff has already been made.