Sniff ‘n’ The Tears Acoustic | LRB | Saturday 06 April 2019

Paul Roberts talks to Stephen Foster on his Drivetime show on BBC Radio Suffolk. You can listen again on our website music player.
Iconic band Sniff ‘n’ The Tears play an acoustic show at LRB this Saturday 06 April

Sniff ‘n’ the Tears formed in 1978 and after releasing their first album Fickle Heart, had a worldwide hit with Driver’s Seat, which reached 15 on the billboard chart in the USA in 1979. The band toured extensively following the success of Driver’s Seat, including a two and a half month tour of the States, and performed and recorded together until 1982.

Paul Roberts and Les Davidson 1982

In the early nineties Driver’s Seat reached number one in Holland after being used in a car ad campaign which introduced it to a new generation and led to the band reforming for a European tour and to make another album. Hollywood films such as Boogie Nights and Anchor Man 2 as well as the series The Walking Dead have kept Driver’s Seat in the public eye, and it has become a perennial favourite loved by successive generations.

Although the band members have all been engaged with other projects in the intervening years, they have stayed in touch and continued to work together.

Set apart from a lot of so called one hit wonder bands of the 70s and 80s, the musicanship was incredible. If you listen to the band’s albums, many songs had the potential to be hits. Les Davidson was amazing, his guitar work was 10 out of 10. Their music was more geared towards the European market, but the band focused on America, where a music revolution was happening. In the late 70s disco was at the height of its tragedy, punk was burning out, and new wave was closing in fast and furious, very few bands made the transition, and rode the rough tides of the early 80s …great time for music

Random Elements is the latest album.

Read all about the new Sniff’n’the Tears album, listen to sample tracks, and get your copy here:

Posted in Artists