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Album Review

Sharp, tuneful, but retaining the ragged dissonance of their earlier records, We Became Snakes is probably the Saccharine Trust record to own. Produced by Mike Watt, Snakes is the most coherent and focused of the Trust discography, but that in no way means it's significantly less adventurous, rigorously demanding, or fun. Perhaps due to Watt's presence, the rhythm section sounds beefed up and keeps the rest of the band in line, but never puts a stranglehold on the possibilities inherent in free improvisation. Not exactly what you'd call a groovefest, Snakes is the best place to get a taste of what Saccharine Trust was up to.

Customer Reviews

We Became Snakes

I first heard songs from this album on a college radio station in the early 1980's. I went out and bought it, but of course since I only own it on vinyl I haven't listened to it in 20+ years. The 30-second soundbites brought back every song in vivid detail. This is incredible music, jazzy, improvisational, edgy, and unique. It is some of the best mood music I have ever heard. There really is not much to compare it to; just try giving it a listen all the way through, on a quiet Saturday night, in your favorite chair, with your favorite drink. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


These guys were weird years before it was cool to be weird. All of their work is totally unique and worth checking out. This isn't Blink-182 or any of the "punk" bands from this era so don't expect it. It is highly experimental and ground breaking. I can hear something new every time I tune it in & I've been a fan since '85!

SST originals

I disagree with the above album review; The LP to get that really defines ST is Paganicons. We Became Snakes is great, dont get me wrong, but its just the band going in a jazzier, more improv direction which is cool for them just not my cup o' PCP. Compare this style slightly to Process of Weeding Out era Black Flag and thats seems to be where the SST records acid jams were heading away from Hardcore and Punk in general in the later 80's and entering a place all its own....Wheres the Chunks comps? and Cracks in the Sidewalk comps? Slivers........


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s

Although Greg Ginn's record label SST was, early on, associated with the angry, overamped guitar rant of SoCal hardcore (some of which came courtesy of Ginn's own band Black Flag), SST was also recording bands that pushed the limits of hardcore. Bands like the Minutemen, Universal Congress Of, and especially Saccharine Trust gleefully tossed in chunks of '70s progressive rock, avant-garde jazz, and funky kicks and pops into a stew already percolating with heavy(ish) metal riffing, shouted vocals,...
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