They said it was too good to last and they were right! A mere year after announcing their formation, SNOWSHOE are announcing their dissolution.
Personality conflicts erupted on 2017’s Eternal Winter tour, and rifts could not be mended.
“The problem,” says singer/guitarist BILLY SOL HUROK, “is that IRVING COHEN is impossible to tour with. He eats the most foul shit, and then farts unrepentantly all over the tour bus. He doesn’t even care. He thinks it’s funny. JOHN (Y. SCHMENGE, drums) and I said ‘enough is enough’. We can no longer work with Irv,” said Hurok.
“It’s not like we didn’t try,” continues the guitarist. “When you’re on a bus driving from Puvirnituq, Quebec all the way to Thunder Bay and some guy is dropping toxic shitclouds everywhere, something’s gonna give.
“We stopped at some shitty convenience store in the middle of nowhere Ontario to buy the guy some fuckin’ Beano. At first he refused to take it. He actually said to my face, and I quote, ‘You’re just trying to take away my super power.’ Yes he referred to his farts as his ‘super power’. Eventually John got him in a headlock and we made him take the whole fuckin’ bottle of Beano. And it did nothing!
“Touring is hard,” concludes Billy Sol. “You’re living on top of each other in a bus, usually with broken heat or broken A/C depending on the season. Then some jackass decides to unload his colon in your bunk. By the time we hit Thunder Bay I knew this band wasn’t gonna survive. Amazingly, we finished the tour. All eight gigs. We came to blows in Thunder Bay. We were at soundcheck at the venue, Deke’s Palace. Well the fuckin’ owner of the place, Deke Williams, comes out of his office and says, ‘Who the fuck just farted in here?’ He said he wasn’t gonna pay us if Irv didn’t cut it out and that’s when I threw the first punch. Irv folded like a napkin. Then the opening band INUKSHUK jumped in just because they’re crazy. The cops had to come out to that one.”
Though the trio recorded an album Eternal Winter, it has been shelved indefinitely with no plans for release.
“I have no desire to revisit that record,” says Billy. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the farts soaked into the tape and dissolved it completely, and I don’t care.”
What is next for the three musicians?
“Well Irv can go fuck himself, that’s #1,” Billy chuckled. “Me and John might get into house painting next. He had a good business going up there in Churchill Manitoba and we’re looking into that. Fuck touring!”