YOU’VE GOT SOME NERVE
Released on September 17, 2018 (Snew)
Snew are one of the many underrated “do it yourself” bands plying their trade in the United States of America in an almost unfortunate and relative anonymity. Last year, Snew released their fourth studio album titled You’ve Got Some Nerve. After releasing three albums — Snew You (2008), We Do What We Want (2010) and What’s It To Ya (2012) — with two years apart between records, the inevitable money issue (an issue that plagues any “do it yourself” group) seems to be the primary reason why Snew took more than six years to release You’ve Got Some Nerve. I was meaning on reviewing Snew‘s latest album a lot sooner than this but I misplaced my CD copy almost a year ago and it’s only recently that my six year old daughter “found it” in the pocket in the back of one of the front seats. Obviously, I had never thought of looking there since my vehicle’s CD collection is usually up front and not accessible from the back of the car.
Snew play some rather straightforward uncomplicated rock n’ roll which is like a cross between AC/DC and Jackyl. They are not reinventing the wheel here and none of the nine tracks on You’ve Got Some Nerve will forge a new musical path. In fact, it’s a little bit predictable in terms of what you’re getting aside that Snew have incorporated trumpet and saxophone sounds into some of the tracks. I would actually be interested to hear the various songs without the trumpet and saxophone as an even more stripped sound might work even better for the tracks. Curtis Don Vito‘s raspy voice seemingly lacks range but works for the songs offered on You’ve Got Some Nerve. The one real knock that I have for You’ve Got Some Nerve is that there are no songs that really stand out. All of the songs are enjoyable as they all feel somewhat similar but nothing stands out.
I confess that I have not heard Snew‘s entire discography but have heard whatever songs were released in video format (which is quite a bit as Don Vito is quite prolific in terms of releasing stuff on YouTube). My predecessor Skid placed the band’s debut album Snew You as the #9 entry on Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2008 but the latter two records couldn’t crack Sleaze Roxx‘s year end list. The same thing goes for You’ve Got Some Nerve, which couldn’t crack the 2018 year end list and to be honest, wasn’t ever in contention. It’s not that the album is a bad one though. Snew unapologetically deliver their brand of straightforward rock but there’s something missing to my ears. That “je ne sais quoi” to put the songs over the top. Overall, You’ve Got Some Nerve is enjoyable to listen to but there’s nothing on it that really makes me pine to hear it again.
01. Ur Freaking me Out
02. Holy Hell
03. Acetylene Queen
04. Put Upon
06. You Tell Me
07. Something New Everybody Wants
08. Revolution Is A Closed Loop
09. You’ve Got Some Nerve
Curtis Don Vito – vocals, harmonica
Andy Lux – lead guitar
Mark Ohrenberger – drums
Lenny Spickle – rhythm guitar
Paul Ill – bass
Mark Pender – trumpet
Joe Sublett – tenor sax
Bobby Oswinski – keyboards
Produced and mixed by Bobby Oswinski
Engineered by J.J. Blair
Assistant engineer: Gabe Lowry
Mastered by Gene Grimaldi
Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, September 2019
Snew‘s “UR Freaking Me Out” video:
Subscribe to the official Snew channel here https://www.youtube.com/c/SNEW?sub_confirmation=1 Official music video for “UR Freaking Me Out”. The first single from SNEW’s fourth album “You’ve Got Some Nerve”. Special thanks to Pure Grain Audio for sponsoring the premiere of this video.
Snew‘s “Acetylene Queen” video:
Subscribe to the official Snew channel here https://www.youtube.com/c/SNEW?sub_confirmation=1 Acetylene Queen music video. From the 4th SNEW album “You’ve Got Some Nerve”. This is live footage from Snew’s performance at the Hard Rock Hell Festival in Wales November 9th 2018 along with backstage shots and various places the band visited while in the UK.
Snew‘s “Something New Everybody Wants” video:
Subscribe to the official Snew channel here https://www.youtube.com/c/SNEW?sub_confirmation=1 Something New Everybody Wants is from SNEW’s fourth album “You’ve Got Some Nerve”. This video uses repetitive motion capture designed by our crack team of video experts. In other words, Curtis spent many long sleepless nights and drank gallons of coffee being a mad video scientist.
Snew‘s “Holy Hell” video:
Summer 2019 Premiere of the music video for Holy Hell from the 4th Snew album “You’ve Got Some Nerve”. Subscribe to the official Snew channel here https://www.youtube.com/c/SNEW?sub_confirmation=1 Welcome to the official Snew channel. Subscribe today for exclusive videos, including live shows, interviews, music videos & more.