Chaotically introspective, The St Pierre Snake Invasion’s second album is an unflinching exploration of the perceived self.
An album born of blood, sweat and tears – The St Pierre Snake Invasion actually began recording this album way back in 2017. One set of damaged vocal cords, mixing disagreements and a line-up change later, Caprice Enchanté gets to see the light of day.
“It feels like a victory. They say that nothing of any value comes easily in which case this album must be worth a fucking fortune.”
Frontman Damien Sayell notes that recording the album at Rockfield Studios has marked a highlight of the band’s career: “Those studios are so rich with music history and folklore that it’s impossible not to feel like you’re privileged to be making music in such a special place.”
No time is wasted in The St Pierre Snake Invasion’s introduction to this record. The Safety Word is Oklahoma instantly propels you into a whirlwind of dissonant chords tripping over a frantic drum beat with Sayell’s vocals battling true throughout. Not only is Caprice Enchanté’s opener a terrific standalone track, but it also perfectly paves the way for the pandemonium that is about to ensue. This band mean serious business.
Casanovacaine marks the first single from the record and is a flagship for everything brilliant about The St Pierre Snake Invasion’s sound. At its most amped, the song is a cacophonous whirlwind with a hook to die for. However, what this band is so good at is taking a step back and offering a (well needed) breather. Take, for example, The Idiot’s Guide to Music which actually follows Casanovacaine on the record. The song is almost pedestrian in pace, but the dizzying guitar work of Patrick Daly and Szack Notaro make it impossible for the listener to get bored or, god forbid, complacent.
“We’ve always worked hard at writing songs that don’t sound like each other, our sound has naturally developed and changed over the years because of this. The thought process for this album was, it can’t sound like the 1st album, it can’t sound like anything that’s about at the moment but, it also still has to sound like us, which was a fucking task but, the upside to that is we’ve come away with something we feel is unique and our own.”
It’s these moments of sonic respite that really allow the band’s message to shine through and ring true. The repeated line of “so that’s what a real man looks like?” from Things to do in Denbigh When You’re Dead tackles themes surrounding lack of identity as a result of outdated ideals of masculinity and what it takes to be a ‘real man’. Moreover, The St Pierre Snake Invasion is more than happy to direct its loud voice towards the wider political climate. For example, Braindead deals with the deception laced within right-wing politics and the detrimental impact that it can force on a personal level.
“You could say there’s a sense of a personal journey through reflection and self-assessment. The lyrics aren’t really aimed at the listener this time around, the album is about self-entitlement, ego and the pitfalls of both characteristics, so the lyrics are meant to represent an internal dialogue instead of being slogans or statements aimed at ‘the world’.”
When discussing the struggles that he has encountered as an artist, Sayell refers to his own entitlement: “For better or worse we’ve always thought that we were exceptional, which can be healthy. It’s always good to have belief in what you’re doing but, when it reaches a point where you’re sat about thinking ‘Well, we’re fucking brilliant so why aren’t we being given the same opportunity as others?’ then it becomes ugly and can lead you to a place where instead of being grateful for the experiences you’ve been afforded, you lament the ones you haven’t and the latter isn’t conducive with staying focused or motivated to get off your arse and get shit done.”
Occasionally, the poignancy of The St Pierre Snake Invasion’s ideologies may get lost in and amongst the riot but that’s fine because, crucially, this album is fun. The anarchic messiness of this band’s dynamic will force you to keep coming back. It’s infectious and unrelenting.
Caprice: a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behaviour.
Volatility oozes through this album. You’re in for a treat.
“To be remembered at all would be a triumph but, beyond that it’d be nice in a few years if people looked back and acknowledged that we stuck to our guns, didn’t follow what was popular, never sacrificed substance for aesthetic, did our own thing and were the height of all human artistic endeavour.” – Damien Sayell, The St Pierre Snake Invasion.
The St Pierre Snake Invasion will also be embarking on “a long overdue run of shows and some juicy festival slots”. Stay tuned…
“They have been known to get a bit rowdy. Thankfully we didn’t witness it but, a couple once told me they conceived their son in a pit at one of our shows. Gross.”
Currently confirmed dates:
21st June – The Fleece – Bristol – Album Launch Show
13th July – 2000trees Festival – Cheltenham
17th August – Arctangent Festival – Bristol
‘Caprice Enchanté’ will be released on June 21st. More info HERE.