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The Rock-itt : March 2011
Review (with help from Snaketide HQ) and Photos by DaveTozer.com.au To view photos of the night visit www.facebook.com/davetozerphotography Rock and Roll fans on the Northern beaches are starting to seriously warm to Snaketide. After recently pulling a great crowd at the Boatshed on a Sunday evening Snaketide continued the trend with a huge gig on Saturday 12 February at the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club. With over 160 fans in attendance the right sized crowd for the venue had assembled and Snaketide put on two outstanding sets. The theme of the evening -a for the Captain Courageous Bone Marrow Failure Research <http://www.captaincourageous.info/i ndex.html> charity - was 80s beach party. Fortunately the audience hadn’t thrown out much of their clothing from that era and it wasn’t a stretch. Guitarist Ben W ick's nephew Angus Bond was born with a rare life threatening blood disease. Angus requires blood transfusions every four weeks just to stay alive. The party was in support of the Captain Courageous Foundation which is looking for a cure for bone marrow failure. I'm told young Angus may only live to see his 10th birthday, unless a cure/treatment is found. The night was a huge success raising over $10,000 for the cause and another huge event in Adelaide with a massive action raised about $200,000 a fantastic achievement to everyone involved for all these fundraising activities! Let’s hope a cure/treatment is found very soon! “I’m not sure what beach the Snaketide boys went to in the 80s - but glam metal was more the look achieved,” said Pat Clarke , long time friend of the band and frequent contributor to the ‘Back of the Ferry’ blog. “I dont think any musician has achieved the look adopted by Greg Taranto, Snaketide’s 6th and best bass-player, but it will stick in my mind for some time. Derek Smalls would have been in awe. “ “We had a great time” said singer Myles W ard Thornton. “Dressing up in the 80s hair metal/glam outfits was hilarious. W e were inspired by the crowd who were equally well dressed, and we just went for it. W e have a whole bunch of original material that is tight and catchy but also pretty heavy. We can see that some of our fans are beginning to look forward to some of our songs and even singing to the words. While we’ve done some recording before, this year we have decided to have an EP produced so we can get our music out to people” . said Myles. “W e only started around a year ago” said guitarist Ken Faulder. “Like lots of bands starting out we didn’t know what to expect when we started to do regular live gigs. W e have worked hard on our music and played all sorts of venues to try to learn the trade. W e all have different musical tastes so we are beginning to develop a sound all of our own. It is hard to pigeon hole us into a musical genre which I think is pretty cool” Snaketide and Dave Faulkner of the Hoodoo Gurus at the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club for the Captain Courageous Bone Marrow Failure Research fund raiser