After forming in 1993 and releasing various EPs, Red Snapper debuted in 1996 with the album ‘Prince Blimey’, which was at the time a unique use of traditional jazz instrumentation with a contemporary approach. However, it was their live show that impressed many and influenced other dance artists to fuse acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. They quickly went on to remix for the likes of Garbage, David Holmes, Sabres of Paradise and Troublefunk amongst others, and broke through on the European continent with their subsequent releases on Warp Records, ‘Making Bones’ and ‘Our Aim is to Satisfy Red Snapper’. Originally consisting of Rich Thair (drums), Ali Friend (bass) and David Ayers (guitar), the band were joined onstage at a show in 2007 by Tom Challenger on sax, and the new line-up was born. A few EPs followed, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the band decided to put all their energy into a new full-length album, resulting in ‘Key’. ‘Key’ will be the first full length Red Snapper album featuring Tom, and also sees contributions from vocalists Gavin Clarke (UNKLE, Clay Hill), and in a bold move, UK folk songstress Eliza Carthy, plus vocals by the band themselves. “The album is a nod to all things Red Snapper, afrorockabilly to dubjazz via pounding bophop, a soulful and raw mix of passionate music”, says Thair. ‘Key’ is set for release in March, which the band will follow up with an extensive tour of Western and Eastern Europe and are keen to return to the festival stages where they belong throughout the summer of 2011.
Rich Thair , Ali Friend , David Ayers , Tom Challenger