Category: Snapcase

Snapcase – Steps

ARTIST: Snapcase                    41Ogx1OiFiL

TITLE: Steps

YEAR RELEASED: 1995

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: It was a 4-song EP

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubtful

LINEUP: Daryl Taberski, Scott Dressler, Bob Whiteside, Jon Salemi, Timothy REdmond

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The metal/punk/emo band buys time with an EP.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: With changes in lineup happening quickly, Snapcase recorded a four-song EP to buy them some time and put down four songs.

The guitar work straddles metal and punk, and Daryl Taberski’s vocals are on the more ‘screamy’ side of punk, and the tone is definitely emotional, reminding one of a punk singer with a frog in his throat.

There’s nothing extraordinary about these four tracks, but there’s nothing horrible about it. It’s really an EP for completists, or people who want to document the early years of what became emo or screamo or whatever the kids call it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Most all of the changes in the band were members going off to finish school.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: B:  It’s metal, it’s punk, it’s somewhere in the middle. Some good riffin’.

Snapcase – Lookingglassself

ARTIST: Snapcase                             0001287996

TITLE:  Lookingglassself

YEAR RELEASED: 1994

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Many people liked Snapcase, but it was kind of an underground thing.

LINEUP: Scott Dressler, Daryl Taberski, Bob Whiteside, Jon Salemi. Mike Kimaid and Timothy Redmond shared drum duties.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:  Old-ish school punk with introspective lyrics to the fore.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While the grunge was happening out west, on the east the DC and NY scenes were coalescing around traditional punk with more personal themes. Snapcase fit right into that scene with guitar riffs and slightly unhinged vocals yowling about and feelings and all that.

This is raw and unpolished, and at times grating. Yet through that the riffs are there and there’s some sense that the direction they’re headed will be rewarding.

It would take a while for Snapcase to coalesce and make a sound their own, and this debut shows their raw materials.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were originally Solid State, but had several lineup changes – mostly due to school obligations.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-: Can’t say that I hate it, really. A decent document for fans, but just OK for the casual punk rockers.