Snoopers is a pop-punk band from Padua, Italy. Their sound is a blend of old school pop/punk in the style of Blink-182 and more recent artists such as Neck Deep, State Champs and Knuckle Puck.
The band released, back in July 2017, their EP ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’, and here’s what Derek, our reviewer, had to say about it!
Growing up in Southern California at the height of pop-punk, I can consider myself well acquainted with the genre. Many bands have come and gone since those golden years of the mid-to-late 90s, but that has not stopped new bands from keeping the tradition alive.
Enter the Italian punk quintet Snoopers. With their EP Once Bitten Twice Shy, which may or may not be a nod to the Ian Hunter track famously covered by Great White, the band showcases a very polished sound. Snoopers wears their influences on their sleeve (so much so that you can hear Tom Delonge’s heavy influence on the lead vocalist and guitarist). This is not at all a bad thing, but sometimes I found myself struggling to hear a uniqueness that separates them from all the other pop-punk bands out there.
This really is only a minor complaint on my end as I’ve heard so many bands in this genre throughout the years. The songs on this EP are all well written with good choruses and tight instrumentals. All in all I did enjoy listening to Once Bitten Twice Shy as it gave me a heavy dose of 90s pop-punk nostalgia. The biggest compliment I can give Snoopers is that they sound like they have hung around the California punk scene for a while. You really can sense authenticity in their sound that shows how well they have studied influences like Blink-182, Green Day, and others.
The EP isn’t a bad way to spend an hour of your time.