Red Snapper (UK)
Best know for their unique and passionate live performances.
Dark funk, hiphop, dub, psychedelic surf, afrojazz and beautiful soundscapes.
Formed in 1994, Drummer - Rich Thair, Double Bass - Ali Friend and Guitarist - David Ayers released three EPs on Rich Thair and Dean Thatcher’s label Flaw Recordings. The first ep ‘Snapper’ featured Beth Orton on vocals.
The compilation of the Eps ‘Reeled and Skinned’ was released on Warp Records who consequently released Prince Blimey in 1996 (with Ollie Moore from Pigbag on Sax and Anna Haigh on vocals). The following album ‘Making Bones’ featured MC Det and Alison David on mic duties. Their final album on Warp ‘Our Aim is To Satisy Red Snapper’ once again featured MC Det and guest vocalist Karim Kendra.
Over these initial years the band toured the world and supported the likes of Massive Attack, Bjork, The Prodigy, De La Soul and The Fugees.
After a break, in 2003 the band released ‘Red Snapper’ on Lo Recordings, a mix of new tracks and live recordings.
Following more touring Lo Recordings released ‘A Pale Blue Dot’ in 2007 featuring Tom Challenger on Sax and Clarinet.
The album ‘Key’ was released on V2 Records in 2011 and featured vocals by Eliza Carthy and Gavin Clarke (Unkle).
Throughout this time the band continued to tour the world.
In 2013 Red Snapper composed a new soundtrack to 70s Senegalese, psychedelic road movie ‘Touki Bouki’ which was restored by Martin Scorsese. The band toured Europe showing the film and performing the soundtrack live.
In 2014 the album ‘Hyena’ was released on Lo Recordings featuring all the music from their original film score.
In 2016 the band continued to tour but this time they performed the full 1996 album ‘Prince Blimey’ live for the first time ever. The Prince Blimey tour continues.
In 2017 the band contributed music to the groundbreaking film The Road Movie: http://voliafilms.com/road-movie.
Red Snapper are currently working on a new album and continue to tour.