For those fluent in classic geek, the lyrics and subject material behind the earth-shattering riffs are a treasure trove of fun. "Fireball Island" is a wild thrash-punk tune about the 1986 adventure board game of the same name; "Zweihaender" is a tribute to a Renaissance-era sword. Other tunes, like "Swords of Atlantis" or "Death of the Time Lords," seem to conjure an original mythology all Snaggletooth's own. And for anyone who appreciates weird tales and fantastic journeys, there's a certain pleasure in hearing a song introduced with the words "This one's about the reptilians."
Although there's a lot of sci-fi in Taylor's material, it's not all silliness. There's an adventure-novel literary feel to many of his lyrics and genuine personal introspection in a few. With a fresh album in the works for next year, Blue Snaggletooth feels like the pure, unvarnished musical expression of Taylor's nerdy rock 'n' roll soul. And it's always fun to be present for a big, noisy slice of that.
Blue Snaggletooth plays Woodruff's on November 1, with Black Note Graffiti, Lava Moth, and Cosmic Throne.
[Originally published in November, 2013.]