‘If you’re passionate about something don’t be on the fence about it, just go for it’
Malvika Padin
17:15 23rd April 2020

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The Snuts, a.k.a. Jack Cochrane (vocals and guitar), Joe McGillveray (guitar), Callum ‘29’ Wilson (bass) and Jordan ‘Joko’ Mackay (drums) have just released their Mixtape EP. Brimming with tales, and tribulations, of being young and twenty-something in Glasgow, it’s a release that has seen them scoop a collection of accolades including the top spot in both the Scottish Albums Chart and the Vinyl Albums Chart, as well as reaching number 14 in the UK Albums Chart.

Reflecting on the writing process for the EP - recorded in LA with Inflo (Karen O, Danger Mouse, Michael Kiwanuka, Little Simz) and Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, M83), vocalist and guitarist Jack Cochrane says, “We’ve been sitting on these tracks for a while, but felt like this collection of songs belonged together. It’s an EP that gets back to basics while still focusing on songwriting."

On their current sound, he adds, “We’ve tried to develop and grow the energy that attracted people to us in the first place so that we can continue to connect to them.  We’d describe our music as a refreshing take on indie music.” 

While this sound might be constantly evolving as the group grows, the bond from which their music blooms is one that has existed for a long time. Speaking of the foursome’s lifelong friendship and the impact of it on their music, the singer explains, “The best part of making music as The Snuts is that we’ve been together since we were toddlers. Being together and making music with my best friends who I’ve known all my life is something special.”

“Our songs are inspired more personal experiences, our relationship with each other and our surroundings while still thinking of what relates to listeners. The advantage is that we trust each other so it allows us to be honest and also keep personal egos aside; our music is just us, our feelings and nothing else.” 

The Snuts are a unit who still manage to radiate a strong sense of individuality through their music. As Jack puts it,“ The main message we want to put out is be your own person and take risks. If you’re passionate about something don’t be on the fence about it, just go for it.” 

This explains why his favourite  track from the EP is a heart-wrenching number that showcases his vulnerabilities. “Personally I really like ‘Boardwalk’, it’s a slower, more personal track . It’s a song that was taken straight from the bedroom into the studio. I love it.”

With chart-topping success and increasing population of avid fans to celebrate, the boys have unleashed a catchy cover of ‘Summer in the City’ and are working on getting as good as they can with their music. They’re also hoping to play Glastonbury next year after their appearance this year at their dream festival got postponed alongside the event. 

But The Snuts aren’t deterred by any disappointments. Jack, who admits to being frustrated with chasing perfection, explains that for the band just being able to grow and be better than they were is enough, because, “Progression and satisfaction are key.” As long as they keep that momentum, none of the other disappointments or setbacks matter as much.

Armed with the strength of their bond and their ability to make distinct, genuine music The Snuts are getting bigger and better with every day that passes – and it’s a beautiful journey to witness. 

Mixtape EP is out now.

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Photo: Charlie Cummings