Snack Cat is an NYC based soul, funk and r&b band influenced by many musical genres and groups including Vulfpeck, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bob Dylan, Lake Street Dive, Jimmy Hendrix and Chaka Khan. Now, if these artists were also to have a child who became a total party animal, you might have something that resembled Snack Cat!
Snack Cat's members have played and/or recorded with Roberta Flack, John Mayer, The Zach Brown Band, Grace Potter, Ben Folds, Post Modern Jukebox, John Patitucci, Jersey Boys, and Greg Allman to name a few. They have had residencies at Rockwood Music Hall and with Sofar Sounds, and have played top venues including the Mercury Lounge, National Sawdust, The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and The Knitting Factory.
Snack Cat's first official release has been a long time in the making. The band has been refining its sound for a few years now, drawing inspiration from classic funk, soul and rock while never forgetting its jazz roots. Guitarist and bandleader Aleksi Glick wrote most of the music for this debut EP in January 2018 on a rooftop in LA. It was something about the setting of the dirty yet iconic city that got the creative juices flowing - the many dreamers trying to make it big and putting on whatever face or facade got them through the day. While the songs come from a reflective and almost pensive place, they express a certain joy and hopefulness. At its heart, Glick's music is inspired by his hometown of New York City, but for some reason these particular songs needed to come to life and grow elsewhere. Along the way, Glick's old bandmate, Madhava Hansen, and Snack Cat frontwoman, Chantal Mitvalsky, contributed final touches to the songwriting behind the tracks.
New York City is known for a rich music scene, particularly when it comes to musicians involved in jazz, soul, funk and blues. Snack Cat is an outfit comprising of musicians that cross these genre lines; the members bring in experiences from working with artists as diverse as Roberta Flack, Greg Allman, Grace Potter and Jersey Boys.
The band's sound - a showcase of their roots in R&B, soul, jazz and other subgenres, comes out in full-force on their self-titled debut EP, released last year, recorded in NYC's Lower East Side.
Aleksi Glick, Snack Cat's bandleader and lead guitarist spoke to me over Facetime, and I asked him what the band's current experiences were with regards to their place in the music ‘scene', with genres and having an engaged fan base, and the effect that isolation is having on musicians.
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Just like their debut EP, Snack Cat's newest single "Young Love," was born on an LA rooftop. Guitarist and bandleader Aleksi Glick was in town, this time for a wedding. Something about the time and place got him thinking about his first serious relationship back in college with a girl from LA. He thought about the concept of one's first love, and how with all the rocky and passionate twists and turns, it plays such a huge part in shaping just about everyone's human experience.
The track is an infectious blend of R&B, soul and jazz, with a pop-like chorus that will have you singing along. Much of it was recorded live to capture the magic of the band's ‘live sound' and energy. It was recorded by heavyweight producer/recording engineer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) with help from Jeremy Delaney at Kaleidoscope Sound and mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi (John Lennon, David Bowie, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen) at Sterling Sound.
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SoulTrackers responded big time last year when we debuted the song "Leaving LA" by the New York-based collective, Snack Cat. Mixing elements of Yacht Rock with 80s R&B – and even a touch of jazz, the band consistently delivers high infectious pop/soul with strong instrumentation. They've become "go to" musicians for many of the soul and rock artists in the region, and are popular at music festivals.
The band's newest single, "Young Love," comes out today, and it is another tasty slice of accessible – though deceptively complex - music. The song was born on an L.A. rooftop, where guitarist and bandleader Aleksi Glick was ruminating on his first serious relationship back in college, and all of the passionate twists and turns it took.
The band deftly handles the number, and hands us another winner we're enjoying. For (February 21, 2020) 'Young Love' is the SOUL TRACKS: First Listen