Midnite Snake

Midnite Snake


Creating waves of sonic destruction is, Midnite Snake, an instrumental power trio with a raw, psychedelic , garage, stoner/acid wash sound. The songs build with repetitive riffs and very heavy grooves. There is a lot of influence from Blue Cheer, Acid Mothers Temple, and Jimi Hendrix.


Midnite Snake are local heroes in the burgeoning Pittsburgh music scene. The band is made up of some great players from The Modey Lemon, Centipede E'ast, and Alexei & the Justins. In fact, Paul's band, Modey Lemon, was already signed to Birdman Records when he gave them a copy of some Midnite Snake tracks. Birdman Records picked them up immediately through which they released their debut self titled album.

2007 ushers in their second release titled Shaving the Angel, due out May 22. They hit the road for a mini tour in March where they played at SxSW in Birdman Records showcase as well as 10 other dates along the east coast. They are now ready to do a full tour with the newest release in tow!

The sound is massive, distorted, in the red and in your face. It's more "superfuzz bigmuff" than anything the kids at ozzfest would think of as heavy. A review of the album at Maximum Metal cautions, "I would think tripping to Midnite Snake would probably make you want to rip your face of rather than hug your neighbor".

As to how they sound so heavy without being metal, Plotnicov admits, " I didn't really listen to much metal beyond Black Sabbath, so I'm still trying to find out about metal."

He's more into Coltrane and "those modal jazz people from the '60s," saying, "I think that's more of an influence. And just having a rhythm section that's that responsive allows you to keep doing interesting things. If they were just kind of goofing off or something, it might just detract from the possibilities in the solos."

Midnite Snake were also sought after by Patrick Jordan to give a soundtrack to his theater production titled "Bug". The Barebones producer says it would have been really easy to have just found some pre-recorded music somewhere for "Bug," as past productions have done, but part of his mission is to try to promote Pittsburgh as much as possible, and he says the music scene here is "amazing."

"I had known Midnite Snake since they started playing," Jordan says. "I know these guys from the scene, and I'm a fan, so it was kind of a coup to get them in one place for a day."

What he wasn't looking for were pretty sounds, and that's exactly what he didn't get. Midnite Snake spent nine hours one day at the New Hazlett Theater laying down a score for "Bug" that's a dark, slithering piece of stoner rock with plenty of feedback and creaking sound effects.

Plotnicov, known for his psychedelic playing, read the script along with the other members of Midnite Snake and knew the group was right for it.

"Our music does lend itself to the kind of mood and atmosphere that the play creates, like delusions and chaos. There was one scene that gets really intense where Patrick just wanted a freak-out."

Midnite Snake gave a freak-out and various pieces of mood-setting music like one slow, minor-chord piece that's a departure for the band. Two of the tracks are intended as songs the characters would be listening to on the radio. One of the favorites is a track the members call "Beer Drinkin'."

Most recently, Midnite Snake opened up for Blue Cheer.


Midnite Snake discography:

1) Self Titled (2004)

2) Shaving the Angel (2007)

3) Live at Gooski's (2006)

4) In The Grass e.p. (2006)

5) Score for the theater production of "bug" (2007)

Set List

one set of 45 minutes in length. This can vary depending on the specific gig.

typical set list:

nitro-turbo overdrive
snakebite at midnite
sacred mist
he ain't my brother, he's heavy
oral sex pt.1
shaving the angel
ambassadors of throttle
acid wash