As they say, with a name like the Magnificent Snails, it better be good. Luckily for the local trio, who drops their debut EP, Baby Acid Trips, this week, they brandish a kind of pop flair that manages to be both catchy and continually interesting. With touches of horns and experimental torques, the Snails can ripple with softly gleaming harmonies, bounce with a kind of Vampire Weekend punch of infectiousness and even cut funky, garage-glam with an effective relish. Despite the fact that the trio includes Austin Sound contributor Chris Galis, we still recommend checking them out this Friday, February 18, at Club 1808, for their EP release show with Waldo Wittenmeyer and the Natural. Get a taste of Baby Acid Trips below.
Profile: The Magnificent Snails
Rusty Galis - Guitar/Vocals, Blaine Galis - Bass/Vocals, Chris Galis - Drums Vocals, Charlie Mangone - Guitars/Keys/Vocals
Former Bands/Side Projects:
We all formerly played in a band called the Grapes, which did a considerable amount of writing and playing. We still get back together every year to play a Christmas Extravaganza show. While in college we used to trade songs online as a band/collective called Gun Robinson
Baby Acid Trips EP, 2010
We’re all into the Beatles but who isn’t. Our bass player takes his bass mentality from a band called the Violent Femmes. “The Violent Femmes changed the way I thought about bass - he’s all melody.” (Our bass player’s words). The rest of us are really influenced by the tight songcraft of Vampire Weekend and a U.K. group called The Bees
Strangest comment or comparison ever made about your music:
Whenever we played the EP to people they always say “Is this a girl singing?” But we assure them that, no, it is not a girl. Just Rusty.
Favorite local bands:
The Sword, The White White Lights, Leo Rondeau, The Preservation
Favorite local venue:
That we’ve played - Hole in the Wall. That we haven’t - Stubb’s Waller Creek Ampitheatre
Upcoming shows scheduled:
Friday, Feb 18th at Club 1808
Shows over the next month that you’re excited to see:
Don’t have any plans to see any shows in the upcoming future, but you can find Rusty out at a Leo Rondeau show with High Life in his hands
Some of your favorite albums from the past year:
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening, Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest, Kickpunch - Now You’re Dead
Ideal band (past or present) to open for on a national tour:
Austin Sound questions:
What’s so magnificent about snails?
The magnificence isn’t so much quantifiable, it’s more a quality question, a feel. We came up with the name after a late night rehearsal at the Music Labs. It was either that or Rusty Nail, but then Rusty, our brother, took that name so we couldn’t really call it that anymore. By the time we played our first show at Beauty’s Bar, the name was already set and we haven’t really bothered to go back and pick another one
What’s the ideal music for a “Baby Acid Trip”?
Baby Acid Trips, backwards. Or Octopus’s Garden on repeat.
“At the end of Dozen Rozez, when Rusty is singing “I go down”, if you listen close enough you can actually hear him fall of a stool while he’s in the studio. It was one of those late nights, and there been a considerable amount of libation-consumption going on. By the time Blaine had recorded his bass track, Rusty wasn’t doing too hot. The “smack” in the back ground is actually his elbow hitting the wood floor. You can hear me freaking out.” - Chris Galis
A while ago, one of our friends who has since moved to Denver-used to dress up as Snail Man, which looked a lot like Quail Man. We have a picture of him up somewhere. He would pump the crowd up before our shows by inching across the stage on his belly. It drove them wild. We also do encores.