Harvey Taylor Interview with Snide Remarks - May 2011Recently, I got introduced to a lot of great bands, that disappeared in the 80's and are starting to reform. The Snide Remarks, stand out of the crowd. They are one of the best bands I have heard this year. They are currently booking up some great shows all over the UK. I got the band to sit down and answer some questions about their history...
We are Snide Remarks a punk rock band from the Teesside (North East England ) UK
How did the band start?
The band was started when Forward Childhood split up in 1982
How did you come up with the name?
The name was suggested by keith (lead guitar) on a drunken night out and nobody came up with a better name and ended up being appropriate Cos we all sons of bitches
Who would you say are your influences?
1977-1979 punk rock thats what we grew up with Sex Pistols / Clash / Ramones / Skids / 999 / Buzzcocks /Adam and the Ants/ The Damned
What was the punk scene like back in the 80’s?
It went rather hardcore with bands like Discharge and Vice Squad Anti Nowhere League and very political which seems to be making a comeback with British Old School Punk Today
How do u feel it has changed?
It has become very commercial and American influenced with the younger bands and with the older original scene its become very hardcore almost metal, a lot of older bands have turned out to be just cover bands something we refuse to do even thou we don't mind doing the odd one
What is the song writing process?
Keith plays a riff and writes some lyrics and Baz changes them totally lol
You guys formed the band in 81, what caused the original breakup?
Musical differences caused the first line up break
Ten years later you reformed the band, What sparked that?
We all thought music was getting boring and had lost its energy and bands were more interested in videos than playing live
You released several demos, tell us about the demos…
In 1983 we recorded a demo at bulls eyes studios Spennymoor it was played on local Radio Tees for 2 weeks and sent to Rhino Records but we were not signed up
In 1995 -13 tracks were roughly recorded but the band split shortly afterwards so the recordings were left on the shelf. In 2007 the band reformed with a new line up with keith been the only original member and re-recorded there earlier material but shortly after the release the line up changed again so the cd was deleted
Are there any plans for a future release?
The band are now in the process of re-recording there old material with additionally original material and hope to release it soon
Over the years you guys have had several lineup changes, tell us about the current lineup…
The current line up is - 2011
keith (Barney) -guitar- Founder Member
Baz- vocals- Third time round for Baz
Nige-bass- also plays in a band called Afraid to Sleep
Spider - Drums - formerly played in The Lice
Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
We have played with the Lurkers (recently ), Toy Dolls, Anti Pasti,Discharge
Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
We generally prefer small venues as they are more intermitt but if larger ones are full we love that too
Where have you toured?We are just starting gigging again on a regular basis and are planning gigs all over the UK
Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
We enjoy playing with all types of bands young or seasoned lol
Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
We really like doing local gigs and in the Newcastle Area especially The Three Tuns Gateshead
What do you see is the future of Snide Remarks?
We see Snide Remarks doing lots of gigs a new cd and hopefully being signed and doing a tour of some kind in Europe
How can people contact the band?
We can be contacted for - bookings 07948834996-
or check up on what we doing at -
Middlesbrough - The Legion Video interview Trailer- Vice Squad -Snide Remarks 6th April 2013- link
Look who the Dogflesh Drummer is how times change
.In yer face 2013 .Bolton Hardy Hall Video Trailer
Interview Northumberland Radio - New Wave with Numan Show - 13th April 2015
Village Radio Glasgow - Interview with Danny Mac Testifying Times Punk Show live from Ivory Blacks 14th Nov 2015
Skrutt Magazine Sweden http://www.skruttmagazine.se/
Snide Remarks is a band which was formed 1981 the first time. I really love this band and I was having Barny on the line for this interview which was done in june 2015.
Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
-The band was formed in 1981 after the breakup of Teesside Punk band Forward Childhood and gigged locally and had a demo played on Radio Tees shortly after this the band split and emerged back on the scene in the early nineties and played locally with the likes of The Toy Dolls ,Anti Pasti and various local bands this continued to the mid-nineties and the band spilt in 2007 the band came back with a new line up and have recorded two albums and several demos and played approximately 150 gigs around the Uk including many support slots with the likes of 999,The Lurkers, Vice SQUAD ,GBH, XSLF etc
Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier bands?
-Barny- is the lead guitarist who is the only original member of the band he is aged 51 previous bands include Forward Childhood he works in a deadbeat job in a bakery and drinks like a fish
Baz – is vocalist previous bands include electro band Modern Vogue he is 52 single and available and likes to show off on stage and seek the appraisal of the female fans – The Cunt
Spider – is our drummer steady as a rock 54 divorced being in many bands throughout the years including The Lice and Amazing Space Frogs and likes a nice flask of hot coffee beside the stage
Nigel- is the bass player 48 engaged previous band was Afraid to Sleep he is the band joker and he joined fat club to loose weight we still waiting to see the difference
George – youngest member of the band age 21 single rhythm guitarist previous bands include cover bands Huntsville and The Wot he looks like Dave Grohl gone wrong and gets attention from the middle aged Metal Cougars in the audience which annoys Baz
I can hear both 77 punk and some newer stuff in your music? Am I right? Favorites from the past?
-Heavily influenced by 1977 punk and new wave and 70s music in general we look up to bands like The Sex Pistols ,999,The Damned ,Ramones ,Buzzcocks etc more recently Green Day Blink 182,Rancid,
Snide Remarks are you satisfied with the name? How did it came up?? Which is the best band name you know?
-We original came up with a name of Insufficient Evidence over a few beers but no one could spell it so Second choice was Snide Remarks and it stuck and has become quiet appropriate over the years
What´s the best thing with playing live?
And where is best to play? And the worst place?
-The best place we have played is Whitby Goth Festival ,The Arena Middlesbrough,Shildon Civic Hall,Durham Live Lounge and the worst was The Salford and Bedlington and a place in Sheffield called The Southsea pathetic
How is to play this sort of music in England right now? The difference from when you started to play and now?
-In the eighties 77 punk was dying out and now its making a revival and we seem to be appreciated more with our style of music now
How would you describe your music in three words?
-In Yer Face
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Punk to us should be raw music, Risky , full of energy and certainly no effects pedals
How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?
-We much prefer vinyl it’s something you cherished ,cds is a poor substitute but is far better than a downloads where bands are being ripped off with grabbers and royalties at least pirate cds are poor quality
How is it to live in England now? Politically?
-Doesn’t make any difference to us we are not a political band we have no message the country is as bad whoever is elected
Is there any good bands from England now? Is the punkscene big? How is it in your hometown?
-There is plenty of good punk bands in England. The Punk scene could be bigger, its seems more of an underground scene. We find local promoters at home don’t appreciate our style and the scene is dominated by Indie and Power Punk young bands and cover bands or mates of mates
What do you know about Sweden?
-Abba, Saab and Porn Movies
Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?
-Couldn’t really say from the little bit of what we have heard it seems rather heavy but we know The Fornicators like us
Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?
-Barny and Baz warped life experiences
Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?
-Soppy Romance and peoples disabilities
Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand?
-No do what you wanna do
Best political band/artist?
-Dogsflesh only cos there mates
Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyones life, I mean people who listens to music?
-Not really as people interpret music and lyrics differently which could be nothing to do with the true meaning of the song
Your cover on your CD looks really nice, is it important to have a record cover which shows people which type of music you play? Your favorite recordcover? Who does your covers?…
-We believe a cover should be there to attract attention to the album and if it’s a stereotype its boring , Dave Hudspeth is our photographer and Paul Ford designed the album – We believe one of the best album covers was Never Mind the Bollocks it stands out and is simple
Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why not?
-Yes it is important so fans have something to remember you by and listen too
Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?
-BAZ – Smashed his teeth out
Spider- Throw up half way thru a set
Baz – knocked a womens wig off then the PA blow up later
We sold a T shirt to a downs syndrome guy who insisted he wanted a I’m fucking Ugly one we wer 'nt sure whether too or not but his parents said if he wants it let him have it – so we obliged -
What does your audience look like? Which people do you see at your concerts? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together with?
-We have a mixed audience in general from all trends young and old with a hard core punk centre , the biggest bands we played to date are 999,GBH.XSLF,VICE SQUAD,SKELETAL FAMILY
Please rank your five favorite records, five favorite concerts and five most important things in life?
-1 Never Mind The Bollocks- Sex Pistols
2 Out come the Wolves – Rancid
3 Can’t stand the Rezillos- The Rezillos
4 Seperates- 999
5 Woofer in Tweeters clothing – Sparks
Filth and the fury- Finsbury Park London
The Arena – Middlesbrough – Adam and the Ants
The Arena – Middlesbrough- Toyah
Newcastle University – North East calling- Newcastle – The Damned
O2 Academy –Newcastle - Rancid
Rock en Roll
Is it boring doing interviews? Is there many interviews??
-What a silly Question at number 25 been here hours answering these questions in Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five would you choose?
Adam and the Ants
Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nice person outside the music??
-Yes its better than punching walls
Which is the most odd question you ever have got in an interview?
-What sexual transmitted diseases have you had- F--ck Off
Which is the question you want to have but you never get. Please ask it and answer it?
-Can you do a gig in Europe all expenses paid? – Answer - Yes
Futureplans for the band?
-To Release a follow up Album to Reserekted hopefully 2015/2016
To continue gigging around Uk and possibly some gigs in Europe 2016
-As for us to stay alive long enough to complete the plans
-Never Give Up
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NE Music Magazine November 2016 Edition
Transcript - “We don’t use gadgets or pedals like most bands; it’s just pure raw and back-to-basics action” Snide Remarks Prepare for a Number of North East Dates
After up-and-downs, splits and more since 1981, Snide Remarks were re-born in 2008. Playing in excess of 170 gigs and producing two well-received albums with an ever-evolving but always committed line-up, the band are now once again thriving and play a number of North East dates over the coming weeks. Lee Allcock spoke to frontman Barry Walker to find out more.
For those who don’t know you, can you tell me some more about Snide Remarks?
To best describe Snide Remarks, we are a high-energy rock ‘n’ roll band with 1977 punk influence, fused with a touch of glam. We don’t use gadgets or pedals like most bands; it’s just pure raw and back-to-basics action. And our aim is to give the audience a night to remember.
2) What can gig-goers expect from your live show?
Snide Remarks will continue to blast melodic rhythms along with strange stage antics to whoever dares to visit our gigs. BE PREPARED FOR DECIBELS (you won't need your hearing aids).
You set up the Vice Squad gig at Cowpen Club, Billingham. Can you tell me more about it?
These local gigs are something we put on four times a year as it is extremely rewarding to play for our home crowd. We tend stick to the same formula - a notable band from outside the area like Vice Squad, another nationwide band (Fat Albert) and a young local band, in this case The Anticeptics.
3) What are your plans for 2017?
We have an album scheduled for spring 2017 and will continue gigging and spreading our wings further to include some London and European dates, and the odd Festival. In the immediate future, we are playing locally at Whitby Goth Fest, Resolution and at Three Tuns, Gateshead with our climactic gig of the year being with Vice Squad on 2nd Dec at Cowpen Club, Billingham.
For further information about Snide Remarks and their upcoming gigs please head over to facebook.com/30yrbeenugly.
Fireworks Magazine Dec 2020 issue 93