Get Down You Dirty Rascals
Reviewed by: Bryan Culver
Rob Snoughton, or “Grovesnor” as he’s commonly referred to, is a British percussionist who’s best known contributions are appearing on stage with post-punk throwback Scritti Politti, and at times, an active participant of synthpop mainstays Hot Chip. Like many drummers, Snoughton’s work tends to blend in rather than stand out, and while he’s been behind the scenes for most of his career, he’s recently ventured out as the frontman of his new rock and roll outlet Black Peaches. Their debut album Get Down You Dirty Rascals is being released via London-based 1965 Records and displays Snoughton’s sonic aptitude and a deep appreciate for his classic rock roots.
The template for Get Down You Dirty Rascals is scattered, but it’s first and foremost an ode to good ol’ rock n’ roll. There are easily drawn comparisons to other rootsy “jam” bands like Grateful Dead and Phish, blending classic rock and roll tropes, splashed with psychedelic vibes and Americana flair. There’s a tendency for each song to revolve around the instrumental performance. It’s suiting, therefore, that the production is stripped down, and the musicianship on this record is immaculate. Tracks like “Raise High” or “Fire & A Water Sign” display impressive rhythmic transitions from one groove to the next. No doubt this music would transfer well to the live stage.
Mid-life crises aren’t always elegant. But Rob Snoughton’s has taken the bull by the horns with Black Peaches and pieced together a progressive and soulful rock album. Nothing uncool about that. So sit back, take a load off, and enjoy.