In 2008 a giant Schnauser called Philippe won `best in show' at Crufts. In 2010, a Bristol-based trio called Schnauser are in the running for the `best band in Britain' garlands - and that's without having to bribe the judges, tantalise them with tawdry sexual favours or threaten them with a savaging from Big Philippe and his beefy mates. All that is required to seal the deal is a listen to Schnauser's second album, The Sound Of Meat - a brand-new set of 11 startling songs tackling a variety of vexatious topics including the inglorious fall and inexorable rise of Noel Edmonds, Steven Spielberg's lachrymose remake of War of The Worlds, the dualistic nature of a brace of unsettling twins and the fleeting tribulations of a celebrity TV vagrant.
Who knew there was a place where wry cynicism, disillusioned misanthropy and radiant, sunburst optimism could meet and swap phone numbers? Schnauser's acidulous worldview is delivered on a dazzling, hyper-melodic raft of vertiginous chord changes, pealing high harmonies and deftly juggled time signatures. Their restless and exploratory sound palette utilises Leslie speakers, 12-string guitars, retro keyboards, fuzz bass, strings, brass, Stylophone and melodica, reflecting a generous screed of influences including late `60s British psychedelia, early `70s melancholic US pop, a pinch of US new wave (a la CBGB in `77)... and lots of movies. Schnauser's first CD, Kill All Humans, was released in 2005.
A failsafe combination of melodious, inventive songwriting, energetically airtight musicianship, neo-psych bendiness and an irrepressible classic pop sensibility. -- Record Collector
A perfect blend of psychedelic, folk and baroque rock influences (The Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Syd Barrett, XTC and The Who). -- Powerpopaholic
Gently demented, melodic psych pop tunes from the neighboring universe to Robyn Hitchcock.
-- The Big Takeover
Inventive, melodic, otherworldly, at the cutting edge of psych rock. -- Phil Jackson, Zeitgeist.
Schnauser are a trio from Bristol who smear flip pop-cultural analysis over Beach Boys harmonies. -- The Sunday Times
Swirly 60s psych-pop; bell-bottomed guitars, dippy surrealist wordplay... a kaleidoscope throwing gloopy projections onto everyone's faces. -- Venue
The best thing I've heard all year, by a devastating margin.
-- Marco Rossi, Dorset Echo.
This has to be one of the best bands I have heard, period. Spread the Schnauser. -- Sugar Puppies, Download.com