Starting in early 2015, singer Hope Nicholls took tentative steps in the daunting shoes of Phil Collins and Levon Helms, attempting to keep the beat on drums while crooning. The former vocalist for 80’s college rock main-stays Fetchin Bones, 90’s pissed-off Sugarsmack and 2000’s secret Snagglepuss hit the skins with a vengeance and zero shites given. Aaron Pitkin added his signature riffage: It’s Snakes marked his return to guitar, a first since the ‘Bones epoch. Long time collaborator Darrin Gray (bass) and fellow member of Snagglepuss coached Nicholls on drumming and believed it just might work. Guitarist Greg Walsh believed as well and the dream was real. Nicholls took the name It’s Snakes from a Lynda Barry comic strip that featured a nonchalant retail encounter with Medusa, legendary snake goddess and first female super villain. The eponymous first album was recorded over hot dogs and beers, July 4th weekend 2016, in Nashville’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio with Chris Shinn as producer. It’s Snakes II was released in summer of 2018, also recorded by Mr. Shinn. 2020 rolled around and the Snakes sent the Don Dixon recorded and produced LX into the universe just in time for the pandemic times! All three records show a range of influences and style that can that can be traced through decades of adoration of all genres, trash and treasure alike, a little Rolling Stones, a little Pylon, a little James Brown, a lot all their own. Look for It’s Snakes 4th album, YES, sometime in the spring of 2023!