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"snack!"

Over the course of four albums, Snack! has experimented with multi-instrumental sound textures and diverse rhythmic structures stretching the often dusty confines of your average rock band. With Anamnesis the band's vision has come to fruition. Like the diverse artwork of Vincent Marcone that graces the CD's booklet, each song is an entity onto itself with snippets of classical, Spanish, electronica, and cabaret adding shades and hues to the 11 tracks. Man-for-all-seasons Kim Régimbal's battery of woodwinds thickens the bottom and colours the spaces of the songs while Adrian Jones’s guitars sends the band to the far ends of the sonic spectrum with his healthy fascination with melody, samplers and experimentation. Anamnesis, as replete as it is, is still just a starting point for the band's live sets, which thrive off extended improv to see how far afield these songs can go. - Exclaim Magazine


"snack!"

This is a local band? Snack’s third cd serves
an assorted and appetizing dish of
musicianship and widespread tuneful
knowledge. The beautiful and detailed
packaging is right on par with the great effort
contained within. Anamnesis sees
multi–instrumentalist Kim Régimbal step up to
the plate as a songwriter. The contrast of his
heady conflict with Adrian Jones’ self–aware
passion makes for quite the dynamic
compositional duo. Régimbal’s “Little Ones”
has a dark troding vengeance while,
conversely, Jones’ “Take Me” is momentously
propelled by a perfectly mixed pâté of
percussion. The cd comes together stylistically
like a Rubik’s Cube — a little Latin break here,
some jazz there, a dash of rock and everything
somehow falls into place. Snack benefits
largely from the wealth of sound and
instruments they are able to draw on.
Régimbal alone has 11 instruments listed and
every one is used to tastefully colour the
soundscapes. Restrained and bombastic at
the same time, this snack has become a lush
meal. [MK] (Check out snack! this Sunday night
at the Registry Theatre.)
- Echo Magazine


Discography

Tenure - live DVD / CD (2007)
Anamnesis (2003)
Sforzando Piano (2001)
Snack! - Self-Titled (2000)

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“Tenure” is the culmination of ten years of creating, experimenting and recording together. Snack!'s fourth full length release was recorded and filmed live in front of an audience of 300 at the beautiful, state of the art, King Street Theatre in Kitchener. Funded in part by a grant from the Region of Waterloo ArtsFund, the live DVD and CD package documents snack!s improvisational material and also the best of their catalog of songs. Snack!s live show could best be described as layers of Latin and Eastern melodies that create textures that weave through the groove-based songs only to end in unexpected places. Focus on combining different genres and instrumentation within each song is a key ingredient to how snack! creates their arrangements and improvisations. Snack!'s unique “globally-infused textural groove-rock” combines the influences and heritage of each musician. Their live performances focus on exploring and expanding on the boundaries of these genres within each song's structure to take the listener on a trip around the world within one piece. This attention to their live shows earned them the Kitchener Waterloo Record's reader's choice award for band of the year as well as slots at many festivals including The Hillside Festival, Festival of Friends, The Come Together Festival, Jambands Canada Fallfest and Pokeypalooza. “Tenure” was recorded by Joel Kazmi (Jacksoul, Sum 41), mixed by Arun Pal and mastered by Chris “Lurch” Rudyk (Guess Who, Great Big Sea) and the film was directed and produced by Popular Minority Productions. The previous snack! recording “Anamnesis” was added into rotation at many CBC and college radio stations around Canada and has charted in the top 5 at CJMQ (Lennoxville) and CSKY (Montreal) where it remained for 6 weeks as well as in the top 10 at CFBX (Kamloops) and CKMS (Waterloo).

Adrian Jones is a classically trained vocalist, guitarist and violinist who teaches 80 students each week in all three disciplines. A live performance junkie, Adrian chooses to spend upwards of 150 nights / year performing solo, with the duo “Adrian & Kim” and with snack!. Jones and Régimbal released a new duo CD entitled “Décollage” in 2005 which gained significant college and CBC airplay.
Arun Pal is a multi-instrumentalist teacher, performer, composer and recording engineer who accompanies many modern dance companies on drums, piano and guitar. His unique approach to percussion incorporates world percussion styles into a traditional drum kit setting. A Wilfrid Laurier Music composition graduate, Arun plays music full time in acoustic and band settings as well as running his own recording studio.
Kim Regimbal is a fiery performer whose playing ranges from ambient flute lines, to punchy baritone sax grooves, to aggressive dissonant alto sax solos. Exciting to watch, Kim often jumps between different instruments many times within each song. Kim also graduated from Wilfrid Laurier's Music program in 1996, and Western's Faculty of Education in 1998, and now teaches music at Centennial Public School in Waterloo.
Dave Jones is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, performer and instructor whose playing varies from bass duties with snack! to drums with ska-klez-indie-rock band the Realtors. His focus on live improv and love of experimental music provide a solid foundation for the snack! sound. When not playing or recording, Dave can be found teaching drums at local music schools.