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Pandemic Interview: Above Snakes

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Boston, MA based hard rock band ABOVE SNAKES have released a visualizer which gives the first glimpse into the filthy, ego-driven wasteland that gave birth to their first single, “Adrenaline.” Produced by Kile Odell (Fozzy, Through Fire, Motionless in White), “Adrenaline” is the introduction to the band’s debut EP, rumored for a 2021 release.

“‘Adrenaline’ is a heavy, catchy track that gets you amped up,” says singer Johnny Skulls, through a puff of smoke.

“It’s about living life in the fast lane, having a good time with no limits, and showcasing the want and need from any passion that fuels you.” finishes guitarist Dax Dabs.
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“Rise above, Never look back. Middle finger to the world, with a bottle of Jack”

After years of living in the filth among shady, ego driven Villains, Johnny Skulls, and Dax Dabs decided they weren’t going to take it anymore. It was the dawn of a new day. Following orders and getting in line was now a way of the past. They packed their bags and made their way back to Boston, destined to rise above and create their own future…

Working with producer Kile Odell (Fozzy, Through Fire, Motionless in White), “Adrenaline” is the first chapter of the forthcoming EP by Above Snakes.

Drawing on influences of Korn and Metallica, Above Snakes blends the hard rock of the past with the frantic energy of today’s biggest active rock bands such as Papa Roach and Five Finger Death Punch.
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How is the band handling the U.S.’s Pandemic, and not being able to tour right? I checked in with Dax Dabs, guitarist and founder, to find out.
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Adam:
On a personal level, how are you adjusting to our “new normal” during the Pandemic. Is there any part of your daily routine that helps you maintain a sense of normalcy?

 

DAX DABS:

Definitely playing music or demoing has helped maintain a sense of normalcy. We’re always writing and demoing so during this whole quarantine we’ve just been trying to stay on the same schedule to make things not feel as crazy! Now that sports are back that helps a lot too! We are all  huge sports fans especially football and basketball!

Adam:
Are you using this downtime to write or record new music? Do you think the pandemic will change or alter the focus on your lyrics?

 

DAX DABS

Always writing and recording! As I was mentioning before, during this whole quarantine writing and demoing has been helping so so much but I don’t think it will really alter our lyrics too much!

Adam:
Its been speculated that 90% of the venues in our country won’t survive to reopen in 2021 when touring will hopefully resume. Do you expect any major hurdles with scheduling or rescheduling upcoming tours? At what point will the band not be hesitant to tour?

 

DAX DABS:

It’s definitely going to be weird when touring resumes! I’m sure you will see lots of masks still, hopefully a second wave doesn’t hit as I feel that would really put a major hurdle on trying to tour again! I’m sure a lot of venues will be prepared with new rules as well.

Adam:
What are your thoughts on the “drive in theatre” tours that are currently being scheduled?  Would you consider touring in this way?

DAX DABS

Oh definitely! We put on a very high energy show every time we perform – whether it’s in a club, an arena, or a drive in – you’re always going to get a show you’ll never forget!

Adam:
Will the old school meet and greets become a thing of the past for the band?

DAX DABS

I don’t think they will become a thing of the past, if everyone is smart about it and wearing masks if this thing is still lurking and smart about washing hands, using hand sanitizer I don’t see why meet and greets couldn’t happen but I can also see why some bands wouldn’t want to do it anymore either, you never know where someone has been or if they are sick at all.

Adam:
Do you think the band’s in-person fan interactions will evolve after touring resumes?

DAX DABS:
I’m sure someone will think of a new way of doing meet and greets tho! Maybe having some type of plexiglass between fan and band but who knows! Haha 

 

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