Denton/DFW area's Zanzibar Snails recently received a very positive review in June 2008's edition of Wire Magazine, perhaps the most respected avant/experimental/improv music periodical in the world. To put this into perspective just a bit, a positive review in Wire is to a group like Zanzibar Snails what a review in Spin Magazine is to a group of douchebags. Wire covers a very select set of the best in avant, noise, improv, outsider, and modern composition from all over the world, and a positive review in the magazine is truly an honor that should not be underestimated just because most of the people hanging out on Greenville Ave. haven't ever heard of it. Since I couldn't get a link to the review, here it is, reprinted in full:
Zanzibar Snails Krakkatowiak MAYYRH 3” CD: From Denton, the past home of Texas’s space rock programme, The Zanzibar Snails have emerged as one of the region’s more interesting units over the past couple of years. They appear as a quartet here, using feedback, sax, electronics and percussion to create an extremely neat kind of racket. The feel is akin to The Dead C jamming with Paul Flaherty, and you’d have to agree, that’s a good goddamn feel. - Byron Coley, THE WIRE
Zanzibar Snails have two shows coming up this month, including July 19th at Hailey's and July 22nd at Rubber Gloves with Harvey Milk.