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SILVER SNAKES Interview with Alex Estrada on Year of the Snake

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We’ve been talking about Silver Snakes for a few years now, and if you’re already familiar with what they do you’re ahead of the learning curve. Featuring members of Horse The Band, the SoCal rock group have made quite an impression on the music scene with the 90s-inspired jams captured on their latest album Year of The Snake.

Having shared the stage with acts like Coheed and Cambria, Defeater, and Scale The Summit, Silver Snakes have been infecting crowds with their toxic venom, awing spectators across the nation with a compelling stage performance that affects the nervous system for weeks.

In this interview frontman Alex Estrada talks to us about the band’s latest record, what it was like playing with Coheed, and running his own recording studio. If you don’t already know him by name, you likely know his work — he’s produced some rad records, like the first Touche Amore album.

Oh and how could we forget? If you’re in the LA area, SS will be doing a show with Intronaut on November 4th at the Roxy and on December 18th with United Nations at Los Globos.

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Here’s what’s covered:

00:04 Deadhead (feat. members of Touche Amore)
01:43 his relationship with Touche & recording their first album
03:31 his old band Cathedrals
04:19 the first Silver Snakes show ever
05:08 working with Steve Choi of RX Bandits
06:29 opening for Coheed and Cambria
07:27 being held hostage by strippers in New Orleans
08:46 why he started his own recording studio
09:30 recording Year of the Snake
11:11 advice to young engineers/producers/musicians
Bands mentioned in this interview:

Deadhead
Touche Amore
Cathedrals
Polygraph
The CafFiends
Coalesce
Jesuit
Tragedy
His Hero is Gone
Dear Life
RX Bandits
Shiner
HUM
Failure
Peace’d Out
Coheed and Cambria
Iron Maiden
Aeges
Smashing Pumpkins

Caroline McElroy

Author: Caroline McElroy

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Caroline McElroyhttps://carolinemcelroy.wordpress.com/
The muse struck at a young age and began with Ernie’s Record Shop on Lankershim Blvd. In North Hollywood where I purchased my first Beatle record “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and a record by Major Lance titled “Um,Um,Um,Um,Um,Um”. From there I saw the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl and I was hooked…on Rock N’ Roll. At the age of 13 it seems as if the magical world of Rock N’ Roll opened up and welcomed me. A trip to Indio with Frank Zappa and possee, and subsequent gigs as a dancer at The Teen Fairs at the Hollywood Palladium sealed the deal. As a trained journalist, I’ve written for magazines, newsletters,newspapers and blogs. In addition, I have run a nightclub by the name of The Cave. Music is the thread that weaves a patchwork quilt of genres, venues and experience out of my life and in the process have introduced many fine acts to my followers. For the rest of my story dear readers, read my articles and it will unfold like the petals of a lotus flower. Sometimes you’ve gotta wear the hat to remind people who they are dealing with. LOL