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Snuff: 5-4-3-2-1 ... Perhaps!5-4-3-2-1 ... Perhaps! (2013)
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Where does one start with Snuff? Revered by many, they're a band with a great ability to churn out novelty tracks (more so in their earlier days, though), the owners of a wonderful guitar sound and one of the best ??boards and horns combination to ever grace a punk record. Is that enough? Hopefully it is. However, just to play devil's advocate I will add that in my opinion the band have never really released a great album (Now let's see the comments section below light up!!) despite having all the necessary skills to do so.

So here we are with the first new Snuff album for a decade and do you know what? This is the best Snuff album I've heard. It's not perfect, and the inclusion on the digital review version of one track redone acoustically (I believe that it's two such songs on the UK CD release) seems somewhat superfluous, but I'm willing to forgive that and "Mary Poppins," which is the weakest song on the album by a stretch because everything else on 5,4,3,2,1 ? Perhaps! is full of one of the best punk rock guitar sounds known to man. Add to that some quality vocals and the aforementioned ??boards and horn, and this album has certainly kicked me unsuspectingly in the backside and provided me with some marvellous sing-along moments as Snuff have hit the pinnacle of their career so far.

From the moment the handclaps on "In The Stocks" are joined by first the guitar and then the keyboards, I'm smitten and am reminded of why Snuff are revered by many, certainly in the UK, and hopefully around the world too. What makes Snuff songs so good on top of all the elements above are the guitar solos which seem to fit seamlessly into songs but which also stand out as huge chunks of melody, adding more memorable bits to the tracks. This is found in "From Underneath the Ice" which is, as most of the tracks are, quite the rollicking tune and benefits from some well-placed six string work.

On "EFL" the keyboards and backing vocals continually make me think of the Damned so much that I'd expect the liner notes to include the names Vanian & Sensible, but then the song makes me think of Madness too, so Suggs should also feature too. Snuff know how to bring variety to the fore!

That Snuff should be able to compile songs that are crammed full of tuneage is no surprise, but to actually have almost a whole album worth of such songs is extremely pleasing and the transition from song to song just keeps that sense going throughout the album proper. Even "Mary Poppins" is no real stinker and somehow manages to engage me whereas most weak links fail to be more than an irritant: it does at times catch me unaware and I find myself singing along to it. Yes, there is strength in depth here and although it's taken some time, Snuff have pulled a huge fluffy white rabbit out of the hat, much to my amazement.

The other thing that must be noted is that Snuff do pacey, melodic hardcore better than many bands that seem to populate that genre and the evidence comes in the form of "Mumbo Jumbo," "Bones for Company" and "I Blame the Parents," three of the more up-tempo and direct tracks that are just guaranteed to see some wild pit action in the live setting (not from me though, I'll leave that malarkey to the youngsters). Lyrically, "I Blame the Parents" name checks numerous infamous serial killers including the likes of John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy, and presumably is identifying that it's very easy to point the finger of blame for the actions of a person on their parents either by that person or others. The song ends with Duncan Redmond turning on the listener by saying "I blame you" ?? perhaps acknowledging that many of those who listen to Snuff are also parents these days.

I thank Snuff for helping 2013 start with a crash, bang, wallop.


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wes_ocp (January 27, 2013)

Puddboy, you'll need the UK Billy No Mates for the Wankers songs. We've sneaked at least one of Skin Deep, Help, Nervous, or Sunstroke into the set most times

BluthCo (January 25, 2013)

There aren't any songs on this album I really love, but they're all good and I'm happy Snuff made another album.

woodprop (January 25, 2013)

Demmamussabebonk and Numb Nuts are my favourites, but the same could be said for anything they did 1996-2000. I thought Disposable Income wasn't much good, so I'm glad that they went out on a high note here (who knows if they'll make another album).

mike_oxbig (January 25, 2013)

5-4-3-2-1... Perhaps is AWESOME! Another classic Snuff album that compliments their catalogue well. Tweet Tweet, Demma...whatever, Numb Nuts... Lots of great Snuff albums. And if you're a big fan and didn't already know check out Duncan's side band Billy No Mates. They also have a new release. It's called Duck, Duck, Goose, has 13 tracks and essentially is another new Snuff album. Only it's faster than 5-4-3-2-1... Perhaps? and reminiscent of older Snuff.

Cos (January 25, 2013)

Tweet Tweet My Lovely is definitely the peak of their first reunion. It sort of went downhill after that.

mrpistachio (January 25, 2013)

I'd never really given Snuff much of a chance and then I caught them supporting NOFX last year in Manchester and they were pretty meh. Definitely didn't inspire me to go and give them another listen but I thought I'd give it another shot after seeing all this love.

The album definitely has some great songs. "Rat Run" is my favourite song by a mile so far.

Farkasok (January 25, 2013)

I think this might actually be my favorite Snuff album, but that could be because they've finally released something new after so long and I'm still a wee bit excited about that. We shall see.

bastard_squad (January 25, 2013)

Pudd, no.

puddboy (January 25, 2013)

Do they play any Guns N Wankers songs at their shows? Skin Deep is pretty close to perfection, but I think the rest of that 'album' is great as well. I can listen to it over and over and over and over

bastard_squad (January 25, 2013)

Tweet Tweet and Reach. Both incredible records.

overdefined (January 25, 2013)

Tweet Tweet is SUCH a great record.

MN_DrNick (January 25, 2013)

I meant all their 7"s. Blah.

MN_DrNick (January 25, 2013)

That Guns 'n' Wankers album isn't really an album. It's just their 7" compiled into an album (minus the metal one).

screamager (January 25, 2013)

I think he's right. Beside Guns 'N' Wankers perfect one hit wonder, most of the Snuff records are solid but not perfect. Can't wait to listen this one though.

Amoeba (January 25, 2013)

I would actually say quite the opposite.. Snuff has mostly released only great albums throughout his career...

Tweet Tweet My Lovely, though, is a FANTASTIC record...

MN_DrNick (January 25, 2013)

"Tweet Tweet My Lovely", "Demmamussabebonk", and "Snuff Said..." are great alums. The reviewer obviously has no ears.

wyzo (January 25, 2013)

"I will add that in my opinion the band have never really released a great album"

I will oblige your invitation. While tastes may vary, I think you would be insane not to find either Demmamussabebonk or snuff said a great album. At least one of them.

MN_DrNick (January 24, 2013)

So fucking glad Snuff is back together. Album rules.

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