Snake bites: April 2022

A summary of the month of April with exciting news of what's to come!

UPDATE BAND NEWS

5/15/2022 4 min read

After a rather incredibly busy and exciting March (read all about it here), we entered April with only one gig booked but plenty of work to do!

We kicked things off in style by traveling to Bradford for Upstaged’sTrailblazer Showcase at Nightrain. A day filled with up and coming bands with a spectacular headline set by our fellow northern brethren, Twister. It was our first time at Nightrain and having seen a lot of bands include it as a stop off on their tours, we knew it was going to be a proper rock venue and boy it did not disappoint. It was an early start for us as we had to be there for midday in time for the draw which would determine what order the bands would play. As soon as we walked in we were graced by the insanely huge stage which Twister were already set up on. To give you an idea of size there was then enough room in front of their setup for bands to set up (including another drum kit) and still have so much room for activities! Basically, the stage is a monster for a city centre rock bar. The rest of the venue itself is no box room and there is plenty of space to rock out in front of the stage, relax at the back, prop yourself up at the bar or shoot a few balls on the pool table while still enjoying all the live music. We can definitely recommend attending a gig there if you’ve never been or even just popping in for a drink, it really is a great venue.

We ended up with an early evening slot just before 6pm which kicked off the second half of the day after a most necessary food break. We’d made the decision much earlier to have a lunchtime curry at Karachi which was a 15min walk from Nightrain. We had a feast and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet bite to eat away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Fuelled up from curry we smashed through our set to a very appreciative audience and Joe even broke his very first drumstick mid gig which he subsequently threw into the crowd at the end in a very rock n roll moment. He was quickly brought down back to earth though with the task of packing his own gear away (no roadies yet), driving himself and others home (no tour bus yet) and the prospect of a regular Monday morning by the time he’d spent the day recovering from illness on Sunday (trust us you don’t want to know). All in all a cracking gig and a huge thanks to the whole Upstaged team for inviting us along and putting on a hell of a day!

Now, we’ve been mentioning a lot recently that new music is on the way and you’ll be pleased to know that we made a significant dent in getting that new music ready during April! We headed back to Ritual Studios to work with our very good friend Samuel Turbitt and amongst all the laughs, horrendously savage banter, food and sass from certain individuals we have come out with some absolute belters! It’s been almost two years since we first headed to Ritual Studios and since then we’ve formed a very strong relationship with Sam. If you’ve been to any of our recent gigs then you’ll have seen him rocking out on stage with us playing bass. Although actually a guitar player at heart he’s been an absolute legend by playing the 4-string with us on stage and coupled with his producer extraordinaire persona we feel quite lucky to have him in camp Coral Snake that’s for sure. Keep an eye out on our socials in May for announcements!

In the midst of all the hard work we were putting in to get some new music recorded we were asked to support The Dust Coda at Independent, Sunderland right at the end of the month. Having supported Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons there back in November last year we were incredibly excited to return after meeting so many new faces last time round. This second time didn't disappoint and there were a mix of faces both familiar and new. It was great once again to chat to people afterwards and we as always are incredibly grateful to those who bought some merch. We even shared the stage with our adopted little bro's Point Blanc who had coincidentally also been asked to support! It was great seeing them again as well as witnessing them growing musically and making their mark on the scene. The night was topped off with a return to King's Flavour for some well deserved fried chicken. Big thanks to the Independent team for looking after us and to The Dust Coda and Point Blanc for the gear share.

As you read this we’ll be gearing up to play in the final of Bloodstock Festivals Metal 2 The Masses competition at Trillians in Newcastle. It’s on the 20th May and the first band will be on at 7pm. We don’t know the order until the night so if you can make it down then get there early! The semi finals were packed so we’re expecting the final to be just as mental.

Jamie, Chris & Joe