Upstate New York’s very own Dave Snediker is a man of many talents. The singer/songwriter is a multi-instrumentalist who plays not only guitar but also drums. Throughout years of relentless touring, he also found the time to continue to teach music lessons. It makes sense that with hands this full, his new album Let it Ride, is an extremely precise collection of songs. Only one track exceeds four minutes. Snediker has no time to spare on gratuitous solos and unwanted duration. He gets to the point.
There is an obvious charm to the DIY 90’s nostalgia presented. Songs flow into one another rather seamlessly, yet they all present different ideas and sense of purpose. “Can You See” features steady melodic guitar lines that resemble those of acts like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement. Jim O’Mahoney’s solo in “One Chance” pays obvious tribute to Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. These songs are smothered in beds of distortion and grunge effect pedals. Each one is a different essential in a suitcase packed for the guitar driven days of yesteryear. I was personally transported back to my days as a disgruntled youth wearing flannel on a daily basis and sulking in my bedroom. These songs provided me an odd sense of warmth and security the way Grandma’s chicken soup would for others. Even ballad, “Thanks”, took me spiraling back to a time when lighters not cellphones filled concert skies.
It is refreshing to hear such an overt homage to this era. Oddly, this sound was mimicked plenty at the time but not much since. It has been long enough that these songs sound strangely new. Though short, these are strong exercises in what was and what still is. This is a solid release that deserves your attention. Not to mention, it is always nice to root for a local hero.