Red Snapper


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  • country:United Kingdom
  • region:London
  • style(s):Experimental, Alternative
  • label:Lo Recordings, Warp Records, V2
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental
  • artist posted by:Dark Independent Bookings

Line up

  • Ali Friend (Bass)
  • David Ayers (Guitar)
  • Rich Thair (Drums)
  • Tom Challenger (Sax, electronics)


Red Snapper released four albums ('Reeled and Skinned', 'Prince Blimey', 'Making Bones', 'Our Aim is To Satisfy Red Snapper') on Warp Records/EMI Music in the 90s, toured the world, supported the likes of The Prodigy, Bjork, Massive Attack and the Fugees, performed on Joolz Holland and TV all over Europe and had great press and radio support.

They worked with vocalists Beth Orton, Alison David, MC Det and Anna Haigh and remixed the likes of Garbage, David Holmes, Edwyn Collins, Howie B, Galliano, Lamb and Trouble Funk amongst others.

They composed original music for Get Carter and Rancid Alluminium films and various advertising campaigns.

Subsequently they composed the music for a film celebrating the opening of Euro Tunnel at St Pancras station in London and released 'Red Snapper' and 'A Pale Blue Dot' albums on Lo Recordings/Hub 100 and continued touring.

In 2011 the band released 'Key' on V2 Records/Strengholt Publishing working with Eliza Carthy and Gavin Clarke and hit more venues and festivals around Europe.

In 2013, with the support of The Arts Council of Wales Red Snapper composed a new soundtrack to 70s Senegalese Film Touki Bouki, directed by Djibril Diop Mambety and restored by Martin Scorsese. They toured venues and festivals in Uk and Europe, showing the film and performing the score live, the highlight being a performance at London Southbank, QEH.

In 2014 the band released 'Hyena' on Lo Recordings/Hub 100.

The album has had fantastic support from UK and European press and particularly BBC6 Music.

The band release 'Wonky Bikes' ep (The third from the album) in April 2015.

Red Snapper's live show is legendary and they are still promoting Hyena.

The London show in February 2015 was sold out and over the past six months they have played to full crowds in UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia and Turkey.

Red Snapper recently remixed the acclaimed band from Mali Songhoy Blues. The remix will be included on the Japanese release of the Songhoy Blues album on Transgressive Records.

The band are always interested in working with new artists, remixing and producing.