Los Angeles’ own chameleonic shoegaze, indie rock, and noise collective Snowball II has released their third full-length album in the first year since the band’s formation.

The album is titled Flashes of Quincy.  ­Just as on the first two Snowball II albums, band leader/producer Jackson Wargo took on nearly all instrumental responsibilities on these recordings; although, the album’s single offers a very rare and special guest appearance by Kurt Heasley—founder and front man of influential ‘90s shoegaze band Lilys.  The album’s opener—entitled “Anais & Me”—exemplifies yet another unpredictable stylistic departure from Snowball II’s dreamy and acoustic sophomore release Doughnut Holes—which itself was a drastic genric departure from their feedback-drenched-shoegaze debut album enigmatically entitled ?.  Flashes of Quincy was released February 2017.

With this new album, Snowball II has resurrected and revived both the musical spirit and the production vision of classic 1990s indie rock—one is apt to expect Flashes of Quincy to have been recorded not in 2016, but in 1996.   Keeping a DIY spirit, each of these songs was written, produced, performed, recorded, and mixed by Wargo himself at his personal studio in Southern California called The Doughnut Shop. Though Wargo has taken on each of the myriad of roles needed to make this unique album, the skill that stands out as strongest is his songwriting.  Flashes of Quincy comprises ten exceptionally catchy songs that are filled with substantive lyrics that are as intricate as they are articulate.

In addition to producing three full-length albums in a single year, Snowball II also wrote and recorded a song for Gavin Weisen’s film All Nighter (starring JK Simmons), performed a Daytrotter session, contributed two songs to a Lilys tribute album sponsored by The Blog That Celebrates Itself, and contributed a cover of Cloud’s song “Desperation Club” for Practice Room Records’ compilation Secret Admirer.

Snowball II is forging their way into the sonic future with a pastiche of new sounds as well as textures that have been forgotten for decades, which make Flashes of Quincy a refreshingly memorable record that piques one’s curiosity to know just what this band will do next.

“A field guide to writing perfect pop songs.”
J. Edward Keyes, Bandcamp Daily

“Wargo seems on a campaign to make the world safe for guitars again.”
Kevin Bronson, Buzz Bands LA

“Immensely enjoyable .”
Cam Phillips, Primal Music

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