Snowing – I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted

Snowing coverI first heard of Snowing when my friend Jay mentioned them at the top of a list of noodly emo/punk-style outfits I should check out; this was back in 2009 when I’d started getting into outfits like Castevet and Grown Ups. Snowing sounded like major movers and shakers in the scene from what he was saying and I dutifully went off and checked them out. Lo and behold, 2009’s Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit was pretty sweet, and the scattered other tunes I picked up on were almost pretty solid.

Still, they didn’t make it into regular rotation. I don’t think there’s any particular reason for this; my music library is full of excellent bands who I listen to alongside a lot of other new material and then are unfortunately forgotten when I move on to the next new crop. That’s an unfortunate side effect of MP3 blogs and, well, music reviewing.

Anyway, by all accounts Snowing do this style of music perfectly – it sounds rough and loose but is clearly tightly played, with the band weaving around one another with easy proficiency. There’s an obvious and strong emotional investment with the music and the lyrics but also a powerful sense of whimsy – from the record’s ridiculous but endearing longcat-aping cover to song titles like ‘Memo Yeah That’s Fine Man’. It is almost a form of irony; a recognition that something about which a person feels so strongly can often be absurd and should be understood as such even while it is treated with respect and some degree of seriousness.

But that might be me getting a bit too wank-hat about all of this. The second song on the album, ‘Mark Z. Danielewski’, is an almost stream-of-consciousness style set of personal accounts, like the sort of rambling collection of anecdotes a drunk or stoner might share with a friend:

I’m reading House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski. Suggested by a friend. It’s kind of fucked up. I like it, like demonic imagery, and dreams where I am falling. I can’t explain myself, so I will not pretend.
If our conversations aren’t inspired, I’ll kill them quickly. I am not some sort of liar. I’ll just mumble that I’m tired and tired of being alone.
But that shit’s all my fault. I’ve always been reclusive. The moment something good comes up, I push it straight away.
Taabish, I suck. Taabish, I’m sorry. I hope that Boston isn’t awful, and that Canada’s the same.
And sometimes I feel like I’m on fire. Tobias Funke, why am I not underwater? And I’m always cranky when I’m tired and I’m tired of being alone and I’m reaching for the phone. Thank god you aren’t alone.

I’d argue that this style of lyric fits noodly emo music really well; ambivalent, vague at the same time as being specific, its subject-matter suggesting meaning and context but never stating it. It feels every bit as organic as the band’s riffs and licks do as they explore the constraints of each song.

I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted is an album that’s thoroughly true to its title, an admirable consistency with its ambivalent and playful themes, and also one that’s packed with songs that rarely sound samey or uninspired. Heartily recommended for those in whom romance and humour play equally important roles.

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3 Responses to “Snowing – I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted”
  1. Jake says:

    they broke up :[

  2. Shaun CG says:

    I’m genuinely saddened to hear that Snowing are no more. Not only because they’re great, but also because I’d only just clicked with them!

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