Wicked Snakes aren’t interested in scenes or trends – just loud, crushing riffage.
It wasn’t always this way you, know. As hard as it’s always been to make a living from making music, there is now a legitimate chance to reach a wider audience if you are A) a British metal band and B) a challenging metal act. For proof of the difference then why not scope out Wicked Snakes, a band that hail from these shores but have grand ambitions for their music.
“We just wanted to do something a bit different, a bit weird I guess,” shrugs vocalist Luke Davis. “We were in a band before and we just decided to change our name and, instead of build on what we already had, just do something completely fresh to our ears.”
The result of this change of direction is the EP Lead Me To The Sun. A six-track snapshot of a band with a fearless approach to heavy music, epic and lush in places but crushing in others, sometimes in the blink of an eye, it’s hard to believe that they’ve come this far. Or is it?
“Well, we’ve all got really strange tastes, which is vital I think,” says Luke. “It isn’t deliberate. We’re just young and we get bored easily, we just sat back and thought we should do something else.” But there is a longstanding tradition of UK bands having an inferiority complex to their US peers. That doesn’t appear to exist in Wicked Snakes and, it seems, countless other young Brit acts. “There’s no reason it should [be an issue],” Luke fires back. “There is that whole limiting hardcore scene in England but I’m not getting bogged down in that. It’s got nothing to do with me. There is no reason why British bands should feel like they can’t do the same things as any American band. I want people to look at us and take us seriously and think, ‘Wow! They look like they could actually do something major.’ I don’t want to be looked at like some shitty little fad band. Do a couple of cool tapes and then, you know, fuck off.”
There is a determination in Luke’s voice that belies his early years, and you have to wonder where he believes the ceiling for his band is. “Everybody wants to do big shows,” he responds. “Whether it happens is a different story but I don’t see why we can’t be playing big shows with big bands and touring constantly. I’d love that.” Don’t bet against it happening for Wicked Snakes.
Lead Me To The Sun is out now via A Wolf At Your Door. Wicked Snakes play London’s Unicorn in Camden tonight.
Interview by Stephen Hill