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SPEED OF SNAKES. dublin/wexford

Is it cheating to include an act who first started promoting themselves on MySpace? Well, pretty quickly Speed Of Snakes slithered offline and only recently resurfaced to give things a proper go, so we’re saying no. A collaboration between BATS’ Rupert Morris and The Vinny Club’s Vin McCreith (also of Adebisi Shank – boy do those boys like a good side project), true to their name, Speed Of Snakes are a pacey, discombobulating proposition. Taking late ‘80s rave as a starting point and ‘80s synths as their vehicles of choice, they're turning the 8-bit sound from a mild, cultish diversion on to pop’s main road. Oh, and they’ve a decent, totally believable backstory that begins: “88 trillion years ago, the great snake Metatraxium created the Universe, the Earth and all the life upon it. Each species birthed from a succession of fantastic and horrifying eggs...”

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