Pop Life

Can Silver Snakes Beat Indiana Jones' Ass?

It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers.

There's an underlying animal theme to this column you may or may not have noticed. I'm always interested when bands attach themselves to lions, tigers, bear, ponies and even the Loch Ness Monster. So when I saw a band called Silver Snakes was sneaking into town from Los Angeles, I perked up and wanted to find out why they found the serpent so worthy a herald.

First the band itself... if you like Fugazi you'll like these guys. It's a pretty nice combination of social themes, straight rock and experimental flourishes that land it in the category of uncategorized. The beats are strong, the guitars tend to ballroom-dance in and out of each other's lines, and singer Alex Estrada commands a pretty impressive presence. He's what alt bands used to sound like before whiny purveyors of victim music started trying to growl as overcompensation.

But that name...

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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