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A rock/worldbeat/funk/blues hybrid that lyrically alternates between political/ psychological/cultural diatribes and just plain cheap sexual innuendo.
New in town? Just off the bus? or the turnip truck? Boy, have we got a proposition for you!!!
Mixing rock, funk, worldbeat, and blues with lyrics exposing the ugly truths of our times in a manner guaranteed to offend: 1) ambitious, amoral hair-gel users; 2) workplace bottom lickers/feeders; 3) stuck-up sticky beaks; and 4) people who think every song on a CD should sound pretty much the same.
All the members of the band have been around the Austin, Texas music scene since the early 1980s.
On drums/percussion/bck.vcls is Pat 'Dedrumma' Devaney. Prior to joining the band, Dedrumma was a founder of the Austin Brazilian drum troupe Sambaxe', whom he played with for several years. Previously, he played with Wendy and the Magnets, Ourangutango, Threads, the Purple Martins, and Swine Patrol. In his spare time, Dedrumma commutes to Amarillo where he is a volunteer chick-sexer on the conveyor belts at a local snipe processing plant.
On bass/percussion/bck. vocals is Scott Brannock, who also played with the worldbeat ensemble Ourangutango. Scott continues, in the face of all resistance, in his attempts to indoctrinate the band (and the rest of the world) in his Snipe Tough Love techniques.
On rhythm guitar/lead vocals/percussion is Vic Ramirez, who has made the rounds of the Central Texas singer/songwriter circuit for years. Exiled from the U.S. by short-sighted, intolerant minds, Vic now continues his important research into improving jello shots via snipe DNA recombination from his ethically-remote Micronesian island paradise (with occasional forays to Bangkok for supplies and a bit of fun).
On lead guitar/lead vocals/electric and acoustic percussion/mandolin/keyboards/sampling is Walter Ehresman. Walt is the band lyricist and principal songwriter, and has founded several Austin and San Antonio bands over the years, including Dirty Dog, Loper, Biological Emergency, and Swine Patrol, and played in Austin with Brainiac (a precursor to Joe Rockhead, which itself turned into Ugly Americans). He has also provided live percussion accompaniment (w/ Devaney) for Austin dance choreographer Michelle Owens. Walt has a variety of solo releases under his own name, going back to 1989's "Honor in the Swine?".Under the moniker "DJ WaltSnipe," he spreads the gospel of Good Music throughout the land (including Black Rock City, Nevada on Radio Electra). Walt is currently hunkered down in the bowels of Snipe Bog Studios, penning his manifesto in which the primordial archetype of the 'snipe hunt' is shown to reveal itself in more modern manifestations (eg. religion, consumerism, political diversions, etc.). He may ask you to pull his finger.
'We'll Be Right Back!' has received very favorable reviews in Rootstown Magazine, the Musician's Trade Journal, and Local Flavor (international reviewers of Texas music). Austin festival-goers have time and again knowingly subjected themselves to the pain and humiliation always attendant on a snipe hunt to seek out the group's gigs--and have cheered the lads on nonetheless.
Snipe everywhere sing to their glory, with great vigor and sloshing of mugs.
Aside from working on new material, for year 2000 the band is currently planning its Great Millennium Snipe Hunt, which will involve the largest group of people ever stranded in a........
...but perhaps I've said too much.
Local Flavor, 5/99: ".....Lots of stuff going on here. It's obvious from the band name and CD title that these guys are twisted, cynical and very clever. Lyrics are loaded with political satire......The overall impact of these 13 originals is that Snipe Hunt are first-class musicians with incredible versatility."
Earbuzz, 7/99: ".....composed of Austin music mainstays, (who) use their funnybones and musicianship to produce a verifiable find of a CD."