From the Archives: Crunchy Frog Reportings from Airwaves 07 (by crunchy.dk 29. October 2007)

The Crunchy Caravan to Lava Country

For the second time we gathered a group of people and led them over the Atlantic to the both cosy and intimate, but extensive Airwaves Festival 07.

We’ve had quite a few bands at Airwaves before: PowerSolo, epo-555, Heavy Trash, Junior Senior and The Tremolo Beer Gut. And this year three of our bands were on the billboard; Tremolo Beer Gut, Heavy Trash and Snake and Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band (SAJABB). There was a Crunchy show or event practically everyday.

Snake and Jet Instore at Kaffibarin: Visit from The Massacre
Snake and Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band played no less than five gigs during the Airwaves Festival.

First gig was an intimate concert at the bar Kaffibarinn, known for Damon Albarn’s ownership of a few % of the bar!

As the guys were about to begin a man jumped up on the bar and started fiddling with the sound… who else than a wasted Anton from Brian Jonestown Massacre.

On Friday Snake and jet played a totally crowded instore at 12Tonar’s mother shop in Reykjavik.

It was the place to be Friday afternoon. The sun came out and everything was good!

12Tonár has a sister shop at Fiolstræde 26 in Copenhagen, famous for their instores, and their great taste in music.

The Crunchy Cocktail Party
The same Friday Snake and Jet had played their superb instore at 12tonar we gathered all crunchsters and made ourselves a little VIP cocktail party at the Bar Dillon. The Crunchy bands and fans as well as the Crunchy crew and our collaborators Iceland Air were there.

Again, the room was packed with people and Heavy Trash, who was finishing their European tour at Iceland, and who had just arrived, felt animated and made an impulsive on-the-spot-concert.

Tremolo Beer Gut and Heavy Tash at Lidó
Later on Friday night Heavy Trash and Tremolo Beer Gut Played two kick ass gigs at Lidó the old union house ballroom with wall to wall carpets and big, round tables providing the right casino/mafia-like atmosphere.

Tremolo was of course there to put the “URF” back into the surf. Missing the smoke that usually surrounds their live performances, they didn’t leave out their collective guitar riffing kneel. Thank God for that!

The iconic Mr Jon Spencer and his accomplish Mr. Matt Verta Ray took it over and away with their rockabilly of passion, grind and cut-throat twang.

Spunky Delivery at Lidó

On Saturday night at the odd looking school prom-like wall to wall carpet covered venue Lidó, Snake and Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band finally gave their fifth and official Airwaves concert to a wild, dancing crowd.

The Airwaves paper Grapevine wrote: “Snake and Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band has the odd graze of spunky delivery”. – All is said!

Danish television’s liga.dk followed the two skinny hammond groovy synth rockers around in Reykjavik. Watch their reportage here and chose the show from 25.10.07. And while you are at it – also watch SAJABB in BBC’s radio 1 report from Reykjavik.

Thanks for a terrific Festival. See you next year!

Tags: anton newcombe, brian jonestown massacre, 12 tónar, iceland air and airwaves, the tremolo beer gut, heavy trash, snake & jet’s amazing bullit band

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Great reviews of X-Ray Spirit
by crunchy.dk 15. October 2007 15:00

Great reviews of X-Ray Spirit
Greatreviews keep coming up since X-Ray Spirit hit the streets on September24th. The spicy duo’s expected debut album is finally out and thecritics seem to love it! In addition Snake and Jet’s high-energy musicwill melt the northern ice at this year’s edition of Iceland Airwaves.They will also support Jenny Wilson and Andreas Nilsson at CPH:DOX FilmFestival on November 9th. So no excuse to miss them out. Embrace themand love them – here they are – the fabulous, most groovy, Snake andJet’s Amazing Bullit Band!

DANISH REVIEWS
Gaffa
4 STJERNER
”erhelt tydeligt håndspillet med liv, sjæl og nerve. Albumdebuten erdedikeret det inspirerede påfund og det spontane sammenspil… X-RaySpirit er en inspirerende rodebutik af en plade. Måske årets mestoriginale debut?”

Soundvenue
4 STJERNER
”Hammond-orgletspiller en hel central rolle. Duoens kærlighed til det markanteinstrument skinner klart igennem og tilsætningen af synth, trommer ogforvrængede guitarer giver bandet karakter og albummet bid (…)Detutæmmede band har begået et forfriskende debutalbum, hvisfandenivoldskhed er svær at stå for.”

Kultunaut.dk
5/6
”Rendyrket,smittefarlig energi med masser af orgeltæsk og spurtende trommer.Debutalbummet fra Snake And Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band er godt nyt forindiehoveder, der nu ikke behøver at lede længere end deres egetnabolag for at finde lyden af storby og skæv, groovy rock af høj, højkvalitet”

Berlingske Tidende
4 STJERNER
”Detswinger med trommer, spade, offensive baslinier, orgel, mundharmonika,er møghamrende forvrænget og lyder endnu mere primitivt. Men detvirker, tilmed lige godt med og uden vokal. Et herligt soundtrack tilen aften med mjød i koppen og danseskoen snøret stramt.”

Geiger.dk
”X-Ray Spirit, er spillet med såstor selvsikkerhed og uhæmmet energi, at det vil fange mangesopmærksomhed. SAJABB ved, hvad de kan og de går uimponeret tilværks(…)Der er en ekstatisk, jublende fornemmelse i det, som man pådansk grund nærmest kun kender fra Junior Senior. Det man finder på XRay Spirit er dog noget mere råt, men stadig så melodiøst fængende, atogså SAJABB kunne finde vej til MTV”.

Diskant.dk
7/10
”Nu er debutenendeligt på gaden. Og den er gennemsyret af melodier, der krænger sigfra højre til venstre i finurlige blandinger af retroelectro og full onrock and roll…det er ikke svært at forestille sig et dansegulv, hvoralle ryster deres popo til Snake and Jet’s numre. Melodierne er alledrevet af stærke riffs, om det så end er bas, guitar eller orgel, derstyrer.”

Politiken
4 HJERTER
”Det er fuld fartfrem og up tempo hele vejen, når duoen Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullitband nu debuterer med et helt album… Snake and Jet skyder løs medskramlet, sjov og rastløst partyrock, ingen fine fornemmelser, menmasser af typisk crunchy agtig humor præger albumdebuten fra enkøbenhavner duo, man godt gad opleve i live.”

24Timer
4 STJERNER
”Superlativernehar allerede regnet ned over de to garage elektro-drenge… heldigvis hardrengene noget at have hypen i med deres dansevenlige, kaotiske,skrabede, elektriske 70’er rock’n’roll…”

Citadel
3/6
”De er retro, kølige,lyder rigtige i tiden, med en stribe af lån fra gamle dage, giver etstort smil på ansigtet, og har desuden den samme ” hvad som helst gåran”-indstilling, som den, der har gjort powersolo, Heavy Trash, ogflere af deres kolleger til så forfærdelig god musik.”

JP.dk
3 STJERNER
”I de bedstemomenter er debutanterne dygtige til at forene det høje tempo med sjovefunky indfald, rasende rock’n’roll, primitiv punk og spøjse QuentinTarantino-agtige lydspor… de mest nærliggende sammenligninger B-52’s,Beck og danske Junior Senior.”

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