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GET TO KNOW: Snap Infraction
After spending the last few years delivering a flurry of bold and exciting indie-rock anthems, Philadelphia-based duo Snap Infraction return once again with the blistering double single 'Take The Blame / Once In A Lifetime Daydream'.
Much like their output to date, 'Take The Blame / Once In A Lifetime Daydream' sees them channel a mixture of retro-inspired grooves with more contemporary aesthetics. Filled with an energetic flow and catchy hooks throughout, these two are certainly bringing back more of the good times with this one.
So with the new release available now, we sat down with Steve Karsch from the pair to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started playing piano around the age of 5. My older brother taught me the theme from the movie “Rocky” and it was all downhill from there.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Like most people, growing up I listened to the albums of my parents and my older brother. Lots of Beatles, The Who, Zeppelin, Genesis, etc. I actually don’t remember the first album I ever bought with my own money, although the likely suspects are Van Halen 1984, The Monkees Greatest Hits, or Meet The Beatles.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Definitely. I had “bands” through grade school and into high school. We mostly just played covers. I played drums in an original hard rock/metal band in high school. I didn’t really start writing original stuff until college. And have pretty much been in bands (mostly with Tony!) in one sense or another since then.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Oh there’s only about a million songs by a million different bands and songwriters that I wish I’d written. I guess that’s why we keep writing and recording songs; with the hope that one day we’ll have something nearly as good as all these other bands!
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
The creation process itself is thrilling. I am eternally fascinated by the fact that at one point, a song doesn’t exist, and then it does. That, in itself, is exciting. And I subscribe to the idea that songwriting is a craft. You can’t sit around waiting for a bolt of inspiration (believe me, I’ve tried). Some of the best songs ever were written by people whose job it was day in and day out to write songs. As Lennon and McCartney used to joke at the beginning of their songwriting sessions: “Let’s write a swimming pool!”
And what about the most frustrating part?
The devil is in the details. The gap between the sound that we hear in our heads and the sound that is coming out of the speakers is often great. So, the process of constantly chiseling away it to shrink that gap can be a frustrating one. And, a lot of times, you may never totally close that gap. I saw an interview with Edge from U2 where he said “A song is never finished, it’s just released.” I agree with that sentiment.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
We don’t really have any grand plans, we just hope to keep writing and recording music, playing some more shows and hopefully gaining some fans. When thinking about this question I thought back to where we were five years ago and we had only released one song! Since then we’ve released 2 EPs and another couple EPs worth of singles, so I feel like we’re progressing! Onward and upward! Less taxes, more beer!
Snap Infraction's new double single 'Take The Blame / Once In A Lifetime Daydream' is available to stream now. Check it out below.