We'll Be Right Back!
New in town? Just off the bus? turnip truck? Boy, have we got a proposition for you!!! Mixing rock, funk, worldbeat, and blues with lyrics exposing the ugly psychological/cultural/political truths of our times in a manner guaranteed to offend: 1) ambitious, amoral hair-gel users; 2) workplace bottom lickers/feeders; 3) stuck-up sticky beaks; and 4) people who think every song on a CD should sound pretty much the same. All the members of the band have been around the Austin, Texas music scene since the early 1980s. On drums/percussion/rowdy bck. Vcls is Pat 'Dedrumma' Devaney. Prior to joining the band, Dedrumma was a founder of the Austin Brazilian drum troupe Sambaxe', whom he played with for several years. Previously, he played with Wendy and the Magnets, Ourangutango, Threads, the Purple Martins, and Swine Patrol. In his spare time, Dedrumma commutes to Amarillo where he is a volunteer snipe sexer on the conveyer belts at a local processing plant. On bass/percussion/bck. Vocals is Scott Brannock, who also played with the worldbeat ensemble Ourangutango. Scott continues, in the face of all resistance, in his attempt to indoctrinate the band (and the rest of the world) in his Snipe Tough Love techniques. On rhythm guitar/lead vocals/percussion is Vic Ramirez, who has made the rounds of the Central Texas singer/songwriter circuit for years. Exiled from the U.S. by short-sighted, intolerant minds, Vic now continues his important research into improving jello shots via snipe DNA recombination from his ethically-remote Micronesian island paradise (with occasional forays to Bangkok for supplies and a bit of fun). On lead guitar/lead vocals/electric and acoustic percussion/mandolin/keyboards/sampling (and occasional bass) is Walter Ehresman. Walt is the band lyricist and principal songwriter, and has founded several Austin and San Antonio bands over the years, including Dirty Dog, Loper, Biological Emergency, and Swine Patrol, and played in Austin with Brainiac (a precursor to Joe Rockhead, which itself turned into Ugly Americans). He has also provided live percussion accompaniment (w/ Devaney) for Austin choreographer Michelle Owens-Pearce. Walt has nine releases under his own name: Honor in the Swine? ('89); In the Path of the Cat Chasers ('90); Split Brain Theory ('91); The Blue Shoat Special! ('96); The Rants ('97); Handwedge from the Trap ('99), Le Cafard ('01), 'The Feral Rugby Team Must GO!' ('03), No Unifying Theme ('04), March, Scream or Cry ('07), The ADG Project ('07), and Monkey Paw Situation ('09). His songs have appeared on three national samplers: 'Monkey Boy Sampler' 2001 and 2005; and 'Several Famous Orchestras' ('03). Under the moniker 'DJ WaltSnipe,' he spreads the gospel of Good Music throughout the land (including Black Rock City, Nevada on Radio Electra). Walt is hunkered down in the bowels of Snipe Bog Studios, penning his manifesto in which the primordial archetype of the 'snipe hunt' is shown to reveal itself in more modern manifestations (eg. Religion, consumerism, political correctness and other political diversions, etc.). He may ask you to pull his finger. Don't. 'We'll Be Right Back!' has received very favorable reviews in Rootstown Magazine, the Musician's Trade Journal, and by Local Flavor (international reviewers of Texas music). Austin festival-goers have time and again knowingly subjected themselves to the pain and humiliation always attendant on a snipe hunt to seek out the group's gigs--and have cheered the lads on nonetheless. Snipe everywhere sing to their glory, with great vigor and much sloshing of mugs. Aside from working on new material, in 2000 the band implemented it's Great Millennium Snipe Hunt, which involved the largest group of people ever stranded in a.... ...but perhaps I've said too much. Ps. ^#^find the Harry Nilsson reference in 'My Digital Love' and win a kewpie doll. Pss. In 2000, the band released 'Dirty Ditties and Cover Tunes,' including original songs that didn't fit on the first CD, as well as covers from the band's live setlist. In 2002, Snipe Hunt (refined to a duo of Ehresman/Ramirez) released 'I Saw the Future (But the Damn Train Hit Me Just the Same)' which continued the rock and worldbeat explorations, but also moved into acid jazz, Spanish hip hop, bluegrass, and singer/songwriter material. The lyrics, of course, remained seditious. ____ PRESS: Local Flavor, 5/99: '.....Lots of stuff going on here. It's obvious from the band name and CD title that these guys are twisted, cynical and very clever. Lyrics are loaded with political satire......The overall impact of these 13 originals is that Snipe Hunt are first-class musicians with incredible versatility.' Earbuzz, 7/99: '.....composed of Austin music mainstays, (who) use their funnybones and musicianship to produce a verifiable find of a CD.'