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The Rock-itt : September 2010
Planets align to a full Snaketide A series of fortunate events has created a powerful new sound emanating from the Northern Beaches. Snaketide is rapidly gaining a reputation for fast, loud and very catchy original material. "Our influences are very diverse reflecting the unique members of the band", says Snaketide's front man Myles Ward-Thornton. Ward- Thornton is a native of Bristol, England whose Brit Pop roots are reflected in his dynamic performances. "Myles is a cross between the young Robert Plant and Michael Hutchence, with a bit of Peter Garrett thrown in," says guitarist, Ben Wicks, "Myles seems to be attracting a female following which is interesting." Wicks, from Manly, partners up with Ken Faulder to deliver a pounding guitar sound, "We both grew up in the eighties listening to the Oils and other great mainstream Australian acts before moving into more alternate sounds such as You Am I and Lou Reed," says Faulder, "I also get inspiration from living next door to the house in Balgowlah Heights where Midnight Oil recorded some of their earlier material". The band's name, Snaketide, is a reference to You Am I's first EP of the same name. The last ingredient in the mix is Richard "Muzza" Murray on drums. Says Faulder, "Muzza is a top line drummer who loves progressive metal and jam bands such as Dream Theatre and Dave Mathews Band. Ben and I are a little loose in our playing and Muzza keeps our sound tight." The group came together by chance about a year ago. "Ken, Ben myself and a couple of friends were jamming at John Cobbin's Moonlight Studios about a year ago when we met Muzza", says Ward-Thornton,