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Red Snapper

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  • Formed: London, England
  • Years Active: 1990s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Notable for their pioneering synthesis of acoustic instruments and electronic textures, the British acid jazz trio Red Snapper comprised guitarist David Ayers, double bassist Ali Friend, and drummer Richard Thair. Formed in 1993, the group's debut EP, The Snapper, appeared the following spring; after two more EPs, Swank and Hot Flush, the band signed to the acclaimed Warp Records, where their early singles were later compiled as Reeled & Skinned. The full-length Prince Blimey was released in 1996, followed two years later by their American debut Making Bones. After releasing one more LP, Our Aim Is to Satisfy Red Snapper, the trio split in 2002. (Thair formed a new band, Toob, while Friend worked on a soundtrack and Ayers collaborated with Alan McGee and Felix Tod.) Compilations, remix albums, and stray tracks satisfied the faithful until a 2007 reunion and a 2008 EP, Pale Blue Dot. The album Key followed in 2011 and featured guest appearances from vocalists Eliza Carthy and Gavin Clarke. In 2013, the group toured with a reissued print of the '70s Senegalese road movie Touki Bouki. Their accompanying soundtrack for the film's reissue was released in 2014 as the album Hyena.