Snacks at Midnight’s debut album, Mom’s Proud, is a ten song collection that checks a lot of boxes when it comes to different sounds. With styles ranging from funk, folk, rock, pop, and even solo classical piano, each track stands on it’s own, while still sounding cohesive all together.
For the band’s second single release, the band crafted Better Than Ever. A funky, indie rock song that speaks on something many people can relate to: being angry with a friend. Here at Snacks though, we turn that anger into foot tappin’ jams.
BETTER THAN EVER
Stained Glass, the band’s third single release, is a folky/earthy feeling song that questions how much fulfillment one attains from material possessions. With many high and low points in the song, you can be sure to get some goosebumps while listening.
WE ARE SNACKS
"The best band I've ever seen!"
- A drunk bar goer
A midnight snack could be thought of in two categories: one as a pre-packaged quick bite, and the second as an improvised meal using ingredients that don’t traditionally go together, but boy does it taste and feel good. The latter is where Snacks at Midnight draws inspiration for their sound. With comparisons drawn to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hippo Campus, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and even the Grateful Dead, it is clear the band pulls inspiration from many different sounding genres and artists.
The band’s origin is a classic one. High school friends Rory Babin(songwriter, lead vox, and rhythm guitar), Giovani Covarrubias(lead guitar), and Nickolaus Harner(bass and vox) founded the band in their Sophomore year of high school. Once they figured out how to play their instruments, they eventually added William Babin(keys and vox) into the group their senior year. One year later they added their first consistent drummer, Gary Stivers. In 2020, the band released their debut album, Mom’s Proud, with this lineup.
Mom’s Proud is the midnight snack mentioned previously: a combination of different sounds and genres set to Rory’s philosophic and storytelling lyrics. From Live Like This, a warm and folk-ey sounding song of having fun with friends and living in the moment, to Westward Bound, an aggressive rock about doing what one believes despite what authority figures may be saying, to Marooned, an emotional piano interlude on living with one’s mistakes, the band endeavored to craft a unique sound and feel within each song while delivering a message that they all believe in.
In the spring 2021, the band parted ways with Gary Stivers and welcomed Andres Martinez into the group. With Martinez, Snacks recorded and released singles Better Than Ever and Stained Glass. Keeping the same mindset they held previously with Mom’s Proud, the band composed each song with great emphasis on creating something new and what felt honest.
Heading into 2022, the Snacks boys are looking forward to making and releasing their second album, and doing a tour in Alaska in the summer.