With so many social media platforms and trends coming and going so quickly, it can be easy to fall prey to a need for validation. Dynamic duo Snailmate perfectly details what happens when feelings of inadequacy come creeping in with “Trash, Baby”. As an artist you can especially feel as if your work is not good enough and begin to question everything. With static soundscapes of thrashing drums, explosive bass and sharp keys that anxious emotion comes through in full force. The fast-paced bars leading up to an ear-piercing chorus also creates that same effect. Drummer/vocalist Bentley reveals, “It’s very easy to go from enamored with something to hating it. Hopefully we can all overcome the negative thoughts and self-sabotaging to become better artists.”
Remember “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and the umpa lumpas who teach each kid a lesson? In the visuals Snailmate displays a similar concept. Bently and vocalist/synth player Kalen are heads on a stick cautioning others of the hazards of trying too hard. Throughout the video, it showcases working on projects then destroying your creations. The piece finishes with a clever end as they decide themselves that they must throw the video in the trash.
The Phoenix-based tenacious twosome brilliantly blends synthpunk, grindcore pop, and rap crafting a style that is so unique. Their edgy, eruptive quality makes for compelling music. Their lyrics are highly relatable and this offering is no different. We all have had those toxic beliefs that we are lacking. Snailmate reminds us that we do not always have to be perfect… that is the beauty of art making.
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