Snake River Conspiracy
Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
By Randy J. Klodz, Features Editor
Fully enshrouded within a black cloak, Tobey Torres ominously bestowed
her stage allure amongst the Aragon Ballroom as they adopted opening act duties
for A Perfect Circle.
This is a monumental feat considering reports that 75 or more bands vied
for this opening slot opportunity.
Tobey later removed the cloak while Snake River Conspiracy (SRC) delved
into a short set comprised solely of tracks off the debut album “Sonic Jihad”.
The jaws of the capacity crowd plummeted to the ground as Tobey purred
through the often gentle “Breed”and later exorcizing all that is demonic on
the set closer “Vulcan” in which programmer/bassist Jason Slater and Co. blasted
out brash beats that would make the likes of Trent Reznor tremble.
SRC certainly embody many elements of today’s popular music all at once.
Tobey can softly sing “You’re no one till somebody hates you” in “Somebody
Hates You,” Jason Slater’s hate anthem for Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan
Jenkins and still keep a straight face while screaming the f-word and other
vulgarities in "Vulcan."
Most of SRC’s tracks chock themselves full of thrashing dance club beats,
separating them from all the other rising Dolly clones of modern music. However,
it seems they may have to tour relentlessly, much like Slipknot has, for example,
to gain a faithful following.
Just like us, SRC is “Human and needs to be loved, just like everybody
else does” as Tobey whirs in their version of the Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now.”
Snake River Conspiracy may just be the next diamond in the rough to make it
big; in the meantime, stay tuned to monitor their every move.