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.
Fight or Flight is a song that was written during the height of the pandemic by guitarist and bandleader Aleksi Glick. A few months ago things had seemed to be just fine. His career was going well and he as well as his family and friends were healthy. This all changed very suddenly in March when Glick himself began to feel quite sick with what turned out to be Covid-19. Worse yet his father had gotten a case that had put him in the hospital, not to mention just like so many other musicians his career had been completely brought to a halt. Needing to process all of this Glick went into a composing frenzy. It was his way of coming to terms with all that had suddenly changed. During this time he thought a lot about the choices that he had previously made in his life and how they had affected where he was today and the difficult choices he would have to make in the coming months if he wanted to push through with all his life goals.
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