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Live Review: Snarky Puppy at the Eventim Apollo, London

Snarky Puppy live in London - Photo copyright by Oscar Tornincasa for rebelrebelmusic.com


Venue: Eventim Apollo, London
Date: October 6, 2015

Snarky Puppy certainly are a one-of-a-kind type of collective band. One may think they are still “underground”, but turns out the Apollo was packed with – surprisingly – armies of young fans longing to see the New York based band play live in front of their eyes. The band has also earned a good amount of appraisals by renowned critics from the music industry, which makes them cool and respectable.
The point is: Snarky Puppy are cool, indeed. No wonder their ability as musicians precedes them, also thanks to the latin-trance-electronic-acid-fusion-jazz influences in their impossible-to-label style. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience. The group is led by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, who schmoozed us for being such a wonderful audience, recalling that the first time the band played the UK, only two years ago, it drew a crowd of 450. Now here were 4,000 ecstatic youths punching the air.
Every number launched off with a wiry bass guitar or keyboard lick, just irregular enough to tease the ear without suppressing the body.
The band has made a strong commitment to spreading their love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to be inspired by.

One only recommendation: make sure you catch them live wherever you are and prepare for an evening that might go on for a much longer time than predicted.

Photogallery by Oscar Tornincasa:

Gessica Puglielli
Visual/Web Designer, Digital Marketing Strategist born in Lecce (Italy), I currently live in London. Between 1998 and 2005 I collaborated with Michael Jackson’s staff and in 2000 I had a meeting with the man himself. I founded Rebel Rebel in 2013 and so far it has been an exciting journey. Some of my favourite artists include Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Skunk Anansie, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, Archive, Kraftwerk, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Anthony & The Johnsons, Gazpacho, The Maccabees, Led Zeppelin, Brian Eno, Beethoven, Bjork, Steve Wonder and many others. I feel a deep connection to animals and Mother Nature, which led me to choose a vegan lifestyle. I like playing electric guitar, photography, cinema, art, entertainment, travelling, playing tennis and browsing London.