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Red Snapper

Red Snapper are a phenomenal live band who’ve been around the block a few times but still manage to surprise and thrill.

Founded in London in 1993 by Ali Friend (double bass), Richard Thair (drums) and David Ayers (guitar), the three core members are often joined by various guest musicians and vocalists on different records. According to music journalist Jason Ankeny  “the British acid jazz trio were notable for their pioneering synthesis of acoustic and electronic textures”. We say they know how to boogaloo.

Tom Challenger has become the final pillar of the temple. All who put their faith in the new church will be amply rewarded.


Formed in 1993, the band’s debut 1996 album ‘Prince Blimey’ combined a unique use of traditional jazz instrumentation with a contemporary approach. However, it was their live show that impressed many and influenced other ‘dance’ artists to fuse acoustic instruments with electronic sounds with successive releases on Warp Records, ‘Making Bones’ and ‘Our Aim is To Satisfy Red Snapper’. By 2001 the band had played and worked with artists including The Prodigy, David Holmes, Björk and The Fugees; however, finding themselves ushered in a commercial direction, the fiercely independent trio split from Warp, releasing their first album with Lo Recordings. ‘Red Snapper’ and the remix album ‘Redone’

Subsequently concentrating on solo projects. After a few years on their own they reunited with A Pale Blue Dot. Now the latest release Hyena is here.

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