We here at Underscore Part 3 HQ are like most of the UK are scratching our heads at what on earth to do in this weird and not wonderful world we’ve found ourselves thrown into. Well considering we’re always chatting shit to the best acts on the sea of global indie we decided to use this to our advantage and get a plethora of acts to give us some lockdown tips…

Hi SNAYX, we hope you are doing ok during lock down! Who are you currently staying/living with?

Ollie: I’m staying with the fam. We don’t normally have this much time together, so it’s actually been nice. Even did a workout DVD with my mum the other day.

Charlie: I’ve also just been at home with the family. However, generally I work from home anyway so not too much change to my working routine. Going a bit crazy without the usual social interactions though as you can imagine!

Recently Off The Record did a piece asking people for their top 3 isolation albums, could we ask yours? One classic, one newish and one curve ball?

Ollie: My classic isolation record is ‘Fun House’ by The Stooges. Imagine hearing this in 1970?! Monstrous. Love a saxophone too, think they were the first heavy band to incorporate one. 10/10.

Charlie: As for a classic, I’ll go with ‘Songs for the Deaf’ by Queens of The Stone Age. It’s one of my fave albums and used to be the only CD I had in my old car so I’ve listened more times than I can count! Never gets old.

Ollie: My new isolation record has to be NOVA TWINS debut album. The production blew me away and the riffs are insane. They did a great job of capturing their live sound too. We’ve played with them a couple of times now and they’re legends mate. 10/10.

Charlie: I agree with Ollie on this one. The NOVA TWINS album is absolutely killer! For variety though, the new album I can’t get enough of is PENGSHUI’s album. Over the moon that we had the chance to see them live in Brighton just days before lockdown. Hope they can reschedule the rest of their tour. The live show is unbelievable.

Ollie: Curveball isolation record is ‘Confident Music for Confident People’ by Confidence Man. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we’ve been incorporating elements of bands like Confidence Man into our set. This is the soundtrack to my quarantine madness. 10/10.

Charlie: Curveball record for me is ‘Deceiver’ by DIIV. If someone had suggested I listen to some Neo-psych dream pop I’d probably have given them an odd look. However, when I first heard their track ‘Blankenship’ played by John Kennedy on Radio X, I was hooked. Fell in love with the entire album. I highly recommend it.

What’s your current favourite series/TV show you’re binging?

Ollie: Like everyone else I’ve been watching Tiger King. I’ve never watched a documentary where everyone is the bad guy haha! It’s also generated some solid meme output which is much needed.

Charlie: Yeah aside from Tiger King I’ve been giving Disney + a go! Been re-watching all the old classics and a few of the Marvel films. The Mandalorian might be next on the list though!

What is the first thing you’ll do after lockdown is lifted?

Charlie: Once we’re out, I’ll be looking to make the most of the sunshine – providing there’s anything left of Summer that is… Otherwise straight to any live music I can find!

Ollie: The first thing I’m doing after quarantine (along with the rest of England) is going to the pub. Sipping on that first real pub pint is going to be a beautiful moment… Then a gig.

What is your favourite snacky snack for quarantine?

Charlie: I’m getting through far too many biscuits. At home I constantly have cup of Tea on the go and biscuits are the perfect companion.

Ollie: I’ve really come to appreciate a bowl of dry cereal…

What are your top tips for staying sane during isolation?

Ollie: I made a TikTok account and shaved my head so probably not the best person to ask.

Charlie: Video call quizzes and home workouts.

If you could go to any gig tonight who would be on the line up?

Ollie: If I could go to any gig tonight, I’d have Kid Kapichi, Scowl and GENN on the line up. They’ve all got new tracks out and they absolutely kill it live.

Charlie: Yeah, couldn’t have said it any better than Ollie. Other bands I’m keen to catch live again include Blabbermouth, Monakis, Gnarlah & CLT DRP to name a few…

A lot of acts are doing lots of digital things to entertain their fans, have you done anything yet or do you have any plans? What are/were they?

Ollie: I’ve been enjoying all the live streams, so I think we might look at doing a little Q&A at some point and teasing some new songs.

Charlie: Yeah, we’ll definitely explore a few options at some point. One thing we’ll do on an individual level in the meantime, is try to support those artists working hard to put content out. Be sure to grab some merchandise from one of your local artists if you can afford it.

We’ve also made a playlist of our all favourite new artists, it’s called SNAYXSOUNDZ, make sure to give it a follow as we update it regularly.

What’s in store for you/the band once life goes back to normal?

We were due in the studio in March, but Corona shut down the session. After quarantine we’re going straight back in to record some tracks for our debut EP, which will be released via Austerity Records later this year.

Lots of love, Charlie and Ollie – SNAYX

Thanks so much for getting involved in Underscore Part 3’s Quarantine Q&A!

Confirmed gigs:

  • Kid Kapichi at The Green Door Store Brighton 21/08
  • Weekend Recovery w/ SONS at The Prince Albert Brighton 16/09
  • Weekend Recovery at The Dublin Castle London 17/09
  • Weekend Recovery at The Mulberry Bar and Tavern Sheffield 18/09

Words – Hannah Elizabeth