REVIEW: Rue Snider’s “Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1” EP Dissects the Darker Side in Favor of Brighter Futures


Rue Snider’s most recent release, Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1, captures Snider as never before – solo, acoustic, live. Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1 showcases a side a Snider previously hidden from those that have yet to see Snider live. While the majority of his output has centered on studio projects augmented by a fine array of players and bandmates, Snider has staked his claim on the road as a solo troubadour whose performances often evoke comparisons to Billy Bragg, Conor Oberst, and Bob Mould. Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1 was recorded live, mixed by Irving Gadoury, and mastered by Fabian Tormin at Plätlin Mastering.

The ep opens with “Shrug,” an affirmation of the power of ignoring other’s opinions – something similar to Ram Dass’ “don’t should me and I won’t should you.” “Speak My Mind” dissects the United States status quo’s darker side in favor of brighter futures built on protest. “I’ve been writing letters like my life depended on it…they only make me feel better when I seal them up,” Snider sings as he learns to tie a knot in his rope before slipping into an abyss on “Dark Crystal Daze.” A cover of The Nationals’ “Pink Rabbits” is the lone non-original of the collection, but in Snider’s capable hands it twists to fit on Pete’s Candy Store, Pt 1 without any fuss.

Rue Snider is on the road playing over 100 shows a year; if you can’t catch him there, Pete’s Candy Store, Pt. 1 is the next best thing. Pick up a copy today and bring Rue Snider’s living room show into your living room.


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