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Welcome to the world of SCHNAUSER - a place where intelligent pop, melodic prog, and 60s psychedelia collide at a box junction and swap insurance details.

SCHNAUSER started in 2005 as Alan STRAWBRIDGE's solo project after the break up of THE LUCKY BISHOPS, with the first album, 'KILL ALL HUMANS' recorded at home and with a limited online release. The pop/psych/prog sound developed into a more cohesive band sound with 'THE SOUND OF MEAT' which coincided with the addition of John FOWLE and Holly MCINTOSH to the line-up, and the band became a strong live presence in Bristol over the next few years supporting BLITZEN TRAPPER, ARIEL PINK, MEAT PUPPETS, LOVELY EGGS, THE ZOMBIES, EUROS CHILDS AND SWEET BABOO in their hometown.

Duncan GAMMON joined the band on keyboards in 2011 and reinforced the prog credentials considerably, adding a new dimension of detail to the songs and a new angle to the songwriting. The interim album 'THE MISSING LINK' was released as a download in 2011 and featured some strange pop/prog music written and recorded as a follow up to 'THE SOUND OF MEAT' but it was effectively another solo release while the band worked on their fourth release during 2011 and 2012.

The first full band album 'WHERE BUSINESS MEETS FASHION' was self-released in 2013, and received many enthusiastic reviews in the UK national press and on many respected psych/prog blog sites - Prog Rock magazine being one of the most vehement supporters.

Drummer John FOWLE moved on to pastures new in 2013, with Jasper WILLIAMS stepping ably into the breach on drums, bringing a Pip PYLE/Bill BRUFORD-esque feel to the new material which is shaping up as a proggier follow up to WBMF.

Early 2014, the band signed to CHERRY RED who are releasing their 5th album on ESOTERIC ANTENNA in September 2014.

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Kill All Humans
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The Missing Link
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Sound of Meat
3.80 | 5 ratings
Where Business Meets Fashion
3.71 | 17 ratings
Protein for Everyone
3.82 | 18 ratings

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As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still


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 Irritant by SCHNAUSER album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.82 | 18 ratings

Schnauser Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Part XTC and ANTIQUE SEEKING NUNS, part FARMERS MARKET and HOMUNCULUS RES, this band of blokes from Bristol make complex, upbeat, quirky, humorous music over which are sung quite clever, humorous lyrics in many forms and styles.

1. "Spiele mit Katzen" (4:21) (8.5/10)

2. "Chinese Brainworm (T'nia Solium)" (4:48) with a country-Kavus Torabi twang. (9/10)

3. "Re-Mortgaging the Nest of Hairs" (4:12) a mid-tempo instrumental (8/10)

4. "Sorry, You Were Out" (1:24) reminds me of 80s indie-quirk-band IT'S IMMATERIAL.

5. "Have You Got PPI" (4:44) continues from the previous song with an account of a kind of phone telemarketing call. Fun vocal and nice instrumental contributions. (8.5/10)

6. "How Bout a Kiss" (4:06) So XTC-ish! Uncanny! (8.5/10)

7. "Fail Better" (6:35) cool synth octave lead in gives this one an early 70s Canterbury feel. The slow pace and BEATLES-esque vocal arrangements make for an interesting, pretty song. Would've fit nicely on last years THE WINSTONS' debut. (9/10)

8. "Hypertension" (4:15) So many cool quirky-jazz, Canterbury-style things going on this instrumental. Could fit nicely into a HOMUNCULUS RES album. My favorite track on the album. (9/10)

9. "A New Atmosphere" (8:23) klezmer like in opening instruments and rhythm structure, but the B-part goes more prog-Canterbury. Alternates back and forth like this for the first minute before it morphs a little to support a multi- voice vocal--kind of like an early Brit-pop "flower power" band (or very early YES). At the end of the sixth minute it switches into a slow, plodding speed over which a spoken poem is delivered in a NIGEL TUFNEL way. Meant to be funny? I'm sorry, I can't help but laugh. (9/10)

10. "The Monday Club" (7:44) definitely a piece of fusion--fusing jazz, pop, folk, psychedelia, and some proggy sounds. The chorus reminds me of Devon's MAGIC BUS. Love the HOMUNCULUS RES-like instrumental frenzy in the sixth and seventh minutes. Kind of a "Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting" outro. (9/10)

11. "Speile-Jangle" (2:17) strange filler-like song to end the album!?! (7.5/10)

Solid four star album; an excellent album of upbeat, quirky prog pop in a somewhat Canterbury style. Recommended for your listening explorations.

 Irritant by SCHNAUSER album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.82 | 18 ratings

Schnauser Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars

With a twelve-year history and five full albums to their name, Alan Strawbridge, Duncan Gammon, Holly McIntosh and Jasper Williams are veterans of the music scene, and now they have embarked on the next step of their journey by bringing on board saxophonist Dino Christodoulou, and by signing with those nice chaps at BEM. Vocalist and guitarist Alan Strawbridge says: 'We're all really looking forward with Bad Elephant; enthusiastic and like-minded chaps with great taste and even better facial hair.' This is my first experience of Schnauser, and I am already starting to wonder what the other albums sound like, as this strange hotch-potch of styles is incredibly appealing, even though I'm not sure why.

Trying to describe this is, um, difficult. Okay, so let's get the obvious ones out of the way first ' they're heavily influenced by the Canterbury scene, and I am sure that the addition of the sax has exacerbated this, but there are heaps of musical references taken from the psychedelic scene of the late Sixties. Add to that a power pop sound that has elements of The Mothers of Invention, as well as the beat scene, and a wicked sense of humour then you may be getting close. I think I deserve a prize for picking up on the single melody line from 'Roobarb' which appears on 'Re-Mortgaging The Nest of Hairs' (did I mention humour?).

This is a very British album, there is just no way that any other country could bring together a mess of influences like this and make it into something that is quite special. There is a real 'indie' feel to much of this, and there will be plenty of progheads aghast at this being described as progressive, as they sound nothing like Yes or Genesis. No, they don't, they are Schnauser, and they're great.

 As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still by SCHNAUSER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still
Schnauser Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars UK band SCHNAUSER was formed back in 2005, and have gradually increased their standing as a live and studio band ever since. With their fourth studio album "Where Business Meets Fashion" from 2013 interest in the band soared, with plenty of critics and music magazines heralding the qualities of this band. Which does makes this single an interesting one. Released through psychedelic rock specialist label Fruits de Mer Records, this two track, limited edition vinyl single see the band take on two classic progressive rock tracks: As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still (Soft Machine) and Astral Traveller (Yes). Two compositions you wouldn't expect too have too much in common.

You can tell that these are two very different tracks also in these renditions by Schnauser, Astral Traveller a more dreamladen, naive and light toned experience, while As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still is a darker toned affair sporting a greater deal of variety, a more brooding and introspective overall mood and a quirkier overall structure. Yet Schnauser does transform both of these songs into creations with a more uniform nature than you'd expect, to the point of both songs appearing as natural choices to be on the same production by the same band.

A distinct frail and vintage sounding organ as a dominating trait on both songs gives them a strong and similar identity, and the use of carefully effects treated vocals and gentle psych-oriented guitar reverbs further strengthens the impression that these songs have a natural connection. That these and other details also gives the impression that we're dealing with 1960's psychedelic rock rather than 70's progressive rock a part of that totality. Electric piano and what may or may not be additional vintage keyboards soaring in the latter parts of the Soft Machine cover does expand the scope of this song somewhat, as does the use of darker toned, compact guitar details at times. Alongside the quirkier and less naturally flowing vocal patterns giving this track a darker mood contrasting the more naive atmosphere of Astral Traveller.

Still, both compositions comes across as songs that naturally belongs together in the renditions of Schnauser, which presumably is a massive compliment to the abilities of this fine UK band to craft and maintain a strong and distinct sound of their own.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

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