Snail, the original stoner/sludge band featuring ex-Blessing the Hogs guitarist Mark Johnson, bassist Matt Lynch, guitarist Eric Clausen and drummer Marty Dodson have reunited and are completing overdubs for their new album. The basic album tracks were recorded at Mysterious Mammal Studios in Southern California over a long weekend in late May, with the remaining overdubs being recorded in Seattle. The band expects to have the album completed and mixed within a month.
Snail, formed in 1992 and consisting of singer Mark Johnson (The Crucified, Blessing the Hogs), bassist Matt Lynch (Plugusher) and drummer Marty Dodson, is considered one of the "founding fathers" of stoner rock. After recording and shopping their first demo they were offered a four-album deal by Big Deal Records in 1993. That year they recorded their self-titled album with help from producer Jonathan Burnside (Melvins, Nirvana, Steelpole Bathtub). The album was well received by critics and garnered much praise from magazines such as Magnet, Alternative Press and BAM. Snail`s second release was a five-song EP called All Channels Are Open. The EP was recorded on a lowly four-track in the hopes of capturing Snail`s dynamic lo-fi presence. Subsequent to the release of the EP, Snail sadly succumbed to the "sex, drugs, and rock `n roll" lifestyle and eroded to the point of breaking up. The worst part was that they had a complete second album recorded on four-track and was ready to bring it into the studio.
Snail`s upcoming album consists of most of the "lost" second album as well as a few new tunes. The band has taken a decidedly heavier and darker turn with the new album; incorporating more elements of doom and metal to compliment their fuzz-drenched psychedelic compositions.