Growing up sucks. Y2K, the Portland, OR trio’s newest release, out on September 28th, finds Snow Roller shaping up and paring down. The eleven-song collection abandons the guitar theatrics of previous releases XXL and What’s the Score and pares the group down to just simple guitar, bass and drums. Their Teenage Cool Kids-meets-Built To Spill sound has devolved into a skeletal pop reminiscent of Silkworm or early Breeders.
Y2K rests in a bed of mid-20’s malaise, like XXL and What’s The Score before it, but spends more time reflecting on the growing pains instead of reveling in them. “Pushed” opens the album with a meditation on mortality and self. Frontman Collin Kritz watches lives come and go, both metaphorically and literally, as aspirations fail and bodies break. Newcomer Sarah Hall adds a melodic heft in her bass work and counterpoints Kritz’s snarl with her harmonies. Drummer Nathan Tucker and Hall lock into a primal lockstep a la Chicago rock titans Shellac or maybe even Don Caballero if they played a fraction of the notes.
This is a co-release with our friends Slang Church.
150 Random Color (Near Mint Exclusive)
100 Black (Slang Church Exclusive)
16 Test Presses w/ Screen Printed Jackets
16 Clear w/ Black Liner w/ White Ink
36 Opaque Purple w/ White Ink