Interview with Snakehole

I recently got to ask the women of Miami-based Snakehole some questions about their music, their city, and ladies they look up to. I remember the first time I saw them play a house show in Little Havana, watching them belt out their psychedelic doomy goth punk. It was intense all throughout that dark room packed with sweaty bodies. Their sound is powerful, and it's clear they're a force to be reckoned with. Check out their bandcamp here and get their EP tape here

How did Snakehole first form? What were each of you doing before?

The idea of Snakehole was first born at a party in 2011 with Autumn and Julie and soon became a band with our original drummer, Sandra. She moved to New York and so we found KC through a mutual friend. We took a hiatus for a bit that was mostly due to life drawing us all in different directions. We were all in different states of mind, fighting our own demons, welcoming new changes, and a break seemed like the best choice for all of us. Two years later we reached out to each other for a reunion. Our chemistry remains the same but our songs are more emotionally charged,  drawing more from our individual experiences that have left impressions in our lives.

What's behind the name?

It could mean how things interrelate to one another like the duality of male and female or life and death, or it could just be a sexual euphemism.

What's special about playing in Snakehole, this all-girl band, and how does it compare to other projects you've all been involved in? 

What’s special about playing in Snakehole is there's a sense of musical equality between all of us. There’s no hierarchy, no egos. We're very nurturing and supportive of each other, but at the same time very direct and honest. It’s a beautiful balance. 

How are the songs written? Is it a collective process? What does that look like?

It’s def a collective process. One of us will bring one thing to the table, and we'll just let it grow from there. We each contribute a different part to a song, which we think gives us our signature sound. 

Your music is definitely intense and can be pretty dark and heavy, is there an underlying influence for the sound? 

Interpreting daily life or overcoming difficult situations like abusive relationships, substance abuse, or heartbreak as you can hear in Autumn’s lyrics. We all share a natural attraction to the darker side of life. (Lyrics from "Conscious Death" - "Sometimes I feel like I'm screaming through the trees, I never guess that you would have what I need, To feed the fever of the demon in me, When I crawl through the trees") Click here to listen to the full song on youtube.

Who are some women you admire or look up to? 

KC: My Grandmother, Abby Dee. I love her dedication.

Autumn: My Nana. She is the most beautiful and strong woman I've ever met. Also, Marlene Dietrich because she's a bad ass. 

Julie: Gaye Advert. She was one of the first female musicians in the punk movement from the 70’s just trying to play music who hated being singled out for being female.  She’s just an overall bad ass, and her art work is great too.

 

Do you all ever get nervous to play shows? Do you have any pre or post show rituals? 

We def get nervous before shows, but it just adds to the excitement and fun of it all. Tequila.

Photo by Monica McGivern

Photo by Monica McGivern

What's one of the best shows you've each been to? 

Julie: Black Sabbath. I never thought I would be able to see them live and they killed it. 

Autumn: Janelle Monae! Seeing her perform live is incredible. It's like watching the love child of James Brown and Micheal Jackson. 

KC: X files or maybe that one time Sonic Youth played Pitchfork in 2006. 

What or where is home to each of you? 

Miami/South Florida is where everything started for us so it will always be home. 

What are three of your favorite places in Miami that you would recommend to someone visiting?  

Churchill's Pub, Space Mountain & any taco spot on 8th street.

Do you consider yourselves feminists? 

We are very supportive of other women, but we don’t necessarily come from a feminist perspective or are trying to spearhead any movements. We think every woman is a feminist to her own right, and success on your own terms should be celebrated.