Snowman

Snowman were a band originally from Perth, Western Australia. They relocated to London in 2008, and disbanded in 2011.

Their Wikipedia has a great deal of information about them.

Here’s two records from them.

Snowman was released on 23 September 2006 on Dot Dash Recordings to positive reviews. Singles, ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, ‘You Are A Casino’ and ‘Swimming With Sharks’ were all added to high rotation on Triple J. The album was a local music feature on community radio stations RTRfm in Perth and FBI in Sydney. They toured Australia extensively in the year that followed, playing the national Big Day Out tour, Meredith Music Festival, Laneway Festivals, and supported Liars, Wolf & Cub and The Drones on their respective national tours. Several headline tours soon followed with supports from (the then lesser known) The Temper Trap, and New Zealanders, Batrider.

At the 2007 WAMi Awards Snowman won three WAMI awards for ‘Most Popular Album’ (Snowman), ‘Most Popular Music Video’ (“You Are A Casino”) and ‘Best Rock Act’.

“You Are A Casino” was released as a limited 7″ single in the UK on 25 June 2007 on the Passport Label, through Forte Distribution

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The Horse, The Rat and The Swan is the second studio album for Perth band, Snowman. It was released on 24 May 2008 on Dot Dash Recordings. Snowman produced the album with Dave Parkin (The Panda Band, Red Jezebel) at Blackbird Studios in Perth, Western Australia. In an interview lead singer, Joe McKee, explains the reasoning behind the name of the album.

The Horse, the Rat and the Swan are three different characters and themes that reoccur in the album. The Horse represents the apocalypse, the Rat represents betrayal and corruption, and the Swan is the letting go of all of this, realising that one cannot be consumed by these dark thoughts constantly because there needs to be beauty and letting go of that.

— Joe McKee [4]

McKee goes on to explain how the band went around creating the album.

I think we wanted to strip things to their rawest form, and to make raw form interesting we had to rely on the rhythms being interesting. There is a big focus on the rhythms. We were all just making a whole lot of noise. It took a while to be happy with it. I mean, it’s not something that we sit around listening to. It was more of a relief to get it finished because it consumed us for such a long time. It broke us. But I think I can speak for the whole band and say that we are very proud of it. The subject matter was directly related to the solitary environment that we wrote in. I think we focused on isolating ourselves even more than we had in the past. We decided that we needed the album to be far more focused and cohesive than the first. The solitude in turn took its toll on our mental state, which may be the reason for the apocalyptic and bleak nature of the album as all of our fears and paranoias were seeping out slowly.

— Joe McKee[4]

The first single to be lifted off the album was “We Are The Plague”.

Trait Records is about to release this on vinyl. They also have digital copies for sale. Get either here.

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