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Los Angeles’ SILVER SNAKES are back with their second full length, and Bridge 9 debut, “Year of the Snake,” the follow-up to their 2011 critically acclaimed debut, “Pictures of a Floating World.” “Year of the Snake,” which was named one of Alternative Press’ “Most Anticipated Albums of 2013,” sees the band’s vocalist, guitarist and principle songwriter, Alex Estrada, whose “day job” is recording bands including Nails, Touché Amore and Joyce Manor, stepping behind the board to produce his own band. Roger Camaro, of No Motive, who co-produced “Pictures,” worked with Estrada recording drums and basic tracks for the record. After the recording process in LA, the tracks were sent to Salad Days Studios, in Baltimore, to be mixed by Brian McTernan, whose resume’ includes acts influential to SILVER SNAKES, such as, Cave In, Engine Down, Thrice, and Circa Survive. Jay Mass, of Defeater, then mastered the album. The resulting eleven songs see SILVER SNAKES going in a darker direction than they had visited on “Pictures,” and finds their dynamic range expanding; the band has grown louder and more dissonant on tracks like “No Color,” while getting quieter and more desolate on tracks like “Lock.”
Since the release of “Pictures of a Floating World,” in November of 2011 on CD via Siren Recordings and on vinyl in July of 2012 on Animal Style Records, Silver Snakes have toured with the likes of Broadway Calls, Sainthood Reps, Defeater, Junius, Souvenirs and Aeges (members of Pelican, Shift, The Rise) and done scattered dates with Coheed & Cambria, Braid, Balance & Composure, Shiner, Touché Amore, Narrows and La Dispute. The band has also appeared at festivals such as Sound & Fury, Gainesville’s The Fest, Fun Fun Fun Nights and South By Southwest. Amongst all of the touring and shows, Silver Snakes found time to hit the studio to record a digital single, “Old Light” (which was made available by Animal Style and came as a companion download to the LP), a split with fellow Southern Californians, Souvenirs (released in conjunction with their west coast tour) and a track for Hopeless Records’ 2013 “Take Action” compilation. The band also appeared on Altar TV, live, as well.