These Arms Are Snakes – Tail Swallower and Dove


The stand out sound of the post-punk era of music was straight forward and thought provoking all at the same time. Gang of Four was a punk band, that thought on an angle. Snowballing, the post-hardcore scene that followed began to get more complicated in structure as the years went along.

For These Arms Are Snakes, whose albums have been unsafe constructions in A.D.D. outlets of rage and instrumental digital experimentations, getting back to a simple road was the plan of their new album, Tail Swallower and Dove.

“Woolen Heirs” is compact, but still burst into fits, just short and not drawn out like previous ventures. The song is also an indication of vocalist Steve Snere’s electronic incorporation into his vocal tracks. Something Snere was adamant when preparing for recording of the record.

“Prince Squid” builds a fury within itself, trying to contain its outwardly instrumental lines, but letting them loose at the same time. “Red Line Season” is more of the straight forward post-punk sound, but ending in a pummel of guitar and drums. “Lucifer” might be the “out there” track no one expected bleeding into the ambient high frequency of “Ethric Double.”

“Lead Beater” is a complete opposite punk track to its follower, “Cavity Carousel,” which showcases the most A.D.D. composition across the record, while still sounding more contained than any other song in the band’s discography.

A standout difference lies in the album’s closer, “Briggs.” A composition that truly builds like a fine orchestra. It doesn’t freak out at the end like other Snakes’ album closers, but simply crescendos and falls off– the most straight forward path the entire album takes.

Tail Swallower and Dove is unlike anything else These Arms Are Snakes have done in the past, while still sounding like the band themselves. The band has proven yet again that an artist can find a common ground between accessibility and experimentation. Older fans won’t get the picture, but the thoughtful ones might pick up on some retro-tricks and sound structures before their time.


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