Red Snapper released four albums ('Reeled and Skinned', 'Prince Blimey', 'Making Bones', 'Our Aim is To Satisfy Red Snapper') on Warp Records/EMI Music in the 90s, toured the world, supported the likes of The Prodigy, Bjork, Massive Attack and the Fugees, performed on Joolz Holland and TV all over Europe and had great press and radio support.
They worked with vocalists Beth Orton, Alison David, MC Det and Anna Haigh and remixed the likes of Garbage, David Holmes, Edwyn Collins, Howie B, Galliano, Lamb and Trouble Funk amongst others.
They composed original music for Get Carter and Rancid Alluminium films and various advertising campaigns.
Subsequently they composed the music for a film celebrating the opening of Euro Tunnel at St Pancras station in London and released 'Red Snapper' and 'A Pale Blue Dot' albums on Lo Recordings/Hub 100 and continued touring.
In 2011 the band released 'Key' on V2 Records/Strengholt Publishing working with Eliza Carthy and Gavin Clarke and hit more venues and festivals around Europe.
In 2013, with the support of The Arts Council of Wales Red Snapper composed a new soundtrack to 70s Senegalese Film Touki Bouki, directed by Djibril Diop Mambety and restored by Martin Scorsese. They toured venues and festivals in Uk and Europe, showing the film and performing the score live, the highlight being a performance at London Southbank, QEH.
In 2014 the band released 'Hyena' on Lo Recordings/Hub 100.
The album has had fantastic support from UK and European press and particularly BBC6 Music.
The band release 'Wonky Bikes' ep (The third from the album) in April 2015.
Red Snapper's live show is legendary and they are still promoting Hyena.
The London show in February 2015 was sold out and over the past six months they have played to full crowds in UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia and Turkey.
Red Snapper recently remixed the acclaimed band from Mali Songhoy Blues. The remix will be included on the Japanese release of the Songhoy Blues album on Transgressive Records.
The band are always interested in working with new artists, remixing and producing.
The first thing that strikes you about the new Red Snapper album is how much the band have raised their game. There's no reason why bands shouldn't get better over time, it's just that a lot of names don't stay hungry and creative.
To start with it's a great idea; an album inspired by the band’s recent soundtrack for cult 70s Senegalese road movie "Touki Bouki" - the first independent African film which was recently restored by Martin Scorcese and which is first and foremost an afro-funk odyssey in itself.
Red Snapper have toured with the film for a year, playing the soundtrack live to audiences across Europe; themes from the score having been developed and extended to form Hyena. Hitting the studio at the end of this long haul on the road has delivered a super-tight energized performance, reminiscent of a 1970’s approach to recording.
And the 70's are all over this soundtrack, combining beautifully with a cutting edge futuristic musicality that sets Red Snapper apart. From the opening cut - Card Trick - there's a strong evocation of electric Miles Davis. Ali Friend's succulent bass leaves all the space intact for David Ayers' driving wah wah chops and Tom Challenger's ring-mod keyboards. Rich Thair's drums blend the rhythms of blaxploitation and afro-beat effortlessly. But still the sound is as contemporary and innovative as you would expect from the band.
A real game changer here has been the addition of more keyboard experimentation in the Red Snapper mix. There is a new musicality to the group - the album is packed with strong melodic ideas from all sides.
Ali Friend's vocals are quite a feature in several tracks and he's someone who knows how to use the timbre of his voice well, always poignant, never overdone. And on the track ‘Traffic’ Ali whips out the electric bass for a change. The results are blisteringly funky.
Hyena is a reflection of Red Snapper’s work over the last two decades. They don’t just pull it off, they make it sound easy, and that must be the result of touring hard before putting the tracks to tape.
This is more than a soundtrack… Hyena is a timeless, African influenced album which has as much to do with the future as it has the past.
RICH THAIR – DRUMS
ALI FRIEND – DOUBLE BASS
DAVID AYERS - GUITAR
TOM CHALLENGER SAX, KEYS, CLARINET