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New Music: The Snuts on band life and “wee bam mode”

Meet the West Lothian indie rockers making waves on the live scene.

After their set on the Ticketmaster New Music stage at The Great Escape Festival 2019, West Lothian indie rock ‘n’ rollers The Snuts tell us about why they started the band and how they feed off the audience at their live shows.


If you’ve ever been to the much-loved Glasgow venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, you’ll have seen their famous staircase. Some of the biggest bands to have walked through the doors of the venue including The View, The Killers, Blossoms, George Ezra, Wolf Alice, Paolo Nutini, The 1975, Mumford & Sons and more have their names, and the year they played there adorned in white writing on the stairs leading up to the main room.

Judging by the trajectory of West Lothian rockers The Snuts, who played and sold out their first ever Glasgow show at the venue, they’ll be seeing their name on there soon enough.

The band have just released their latest single All Your Friends. Their first release on the major label Parlophone, the new track is a perfect introduction to those yet to discover the band. The song starts deceptively low key with a creeping guitar line before the bass and drums take over. All Your Friends the bursts into life around the one minute mark, delivering one of the biggest choruses of the year.

Although clear that Arctic Monkeys are an influence, there’s also an air of Pixies about the track. The expert use of melodic crescendos that the Boston rockers pioneered in the late ’80s makes a welcome return through The Snuts, just aching to be sung along to at festivals. Watch the video for the track below:

Forming in Scotland because “there’s nothing else to do” – their words, not ours – The Snuts have become somewhat of a sensation in their home country in the past couple of years, building a reputation for their highly engaging and energetic live shows.

The band released a string of singles such as Manhatten Project, What’s Going On? and Proper, garnering over a million streams on Spotify and gaining radio support from the likes of BBC 6 Music and Radio 1.

Live is where the band really come into their own. The Snuts kicked off a packed summer with a wild set on the Ticketmaster New Music stage at The Great Escape Festival, and have slots booked in at Reading and Leeds Festivals, Isle of Wight Festival, and what is sure to a monumental main stage slot at the upcoming TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow.

The band will then perform a run of headline dates, including their biggest London gig to date at Scala this autumn, before heading off on tour again this November, supporting the man of the moment and fellow Scot Lewis Capaldi.

Time to get the white paint out King Tut’s.


More essential tracks

The Manhatten Project 


For any current and future The Snuts live dates and tickets head to Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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