In the Meantime and In Between Time
|In the Meantime and In Between Time|
|Studio album by SNFU|
In the Meantime and In Between Time is the seventh studio album by Canadian punk rock band SNFU, released in 2004. The record was the band's first full-length studio album since FYULABA in 1996, and would be the last to feature founding guitarist Marc Belke. The band released the album on Belke's own Rake Records imprint.
Background and recording
In 1998, SNFU suffered several blows when their contract with Epitaph Records expired and founding guitarist Brent Belke and longtime drummer Dave Rees both quit. Nevertheless, they began performing as a four-piece with new drummer Sean Stubbs and slowly amassed new material for a seventh studio album. Their first demo session for the new album came in early 1999 at Studio X in Vancouver, with Stubbs and bassist Rob Johnson completing the group alongside founding members Marc Belke and singer Ken Chinn.
In November 2000, the band returned to Mushroom Studios in Vancouver to record more material. They had previously recorded The One Voted Most Likely to Succeed and FYULABA at Mushroom, and now employed former sound man Simon Head to help in the studio. Although Chris Thompson had replaced Stubbs, drummer Trevor MacGregor of Treble Charger was employed as a studio member for the recording session. The band recorded "Cockatoo Quill", "Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump", "Hole In Your Soul", and the unreleased "What Will It Take to Break You?" tracks during these sessions.
The band had been playing new songs, including "Cheap Transistor Radio" and "Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump", at concerts for a few years. In June 2001, the band performed its final show of this era at a punk tribute concert to Trooper. New bassist Matt Warhurst replaced Johnson, and Brent Belke returned for a guest appearance. Shortly thereafter, the band entered a hiatus, and Marc Belke relocated to Toronto. SNFU remained dormant for nearly two years.
With encouragement and funding from the band Model Citizen, Marc Belke recruited MacGregor, Warhurst, and producer Pete Wonsiak to continue work on the new record at Chemical Sound in Toronto in May 2003. Tracks recorded during this session include "Sick Lee and Coward Leigh", "A Wreck In Progress", "If I Die Will You Die?", "One Legged Bridge Jumper Breaks Good Leg In Plunge", "Der Heavy Head Dance", and the unreleased "The Awful Truth".
Warhurst recorded further bass tracks at Lemon Leaf Studios in Vancouver. Later overdubs were recorded in Smoke & Mirrors Studios, Wonsiak's home studio in Vancouver. Brent Belke performed guest lead guitar on the track "Der Heavy Head Dance".
Ultimately, In the Meantime and In Between Time was composed of material from the 2000 and 2003 sessions. Johnson's bass lines were removed from the former at his request and replaced with parts by Warhurst. The final mix of the album was done at The Warehouse, a studio owned by Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams.
The album was released on Marc Belke's Rake Records imprint in September 2004. The CD version contained 12 tracks. The double LP had two additional bonus tracks, both covers: Devo's "Uncontrollable Urge", and the Circle Jerks' "Operation". The latter had been recorded previously with Chris Thompson.
Towards the end of the recording sessions, the band had finalized a new live lineup based around Chinn, Marc Belke, Warhurst, and drummer Shane Smith. This lineup toured in support of the record in 2004 and 2005, before ultimately disbanding in late 2005.
The album was very well received by critics and fans. SNFU biographer Chris Walter describes audience reception of this "significant piece of work" as strong, in which listeners responded to the "strange and terrible beauty" and "stark brilliance" of the effort. Writing for Exclaim!, critic Stuart Green gave the album a favorable review and called it "maybe one of their best ever." Writing for Hour Community in Montreal, critic Jamie O'Meara awarded the album five out of five stars and praised the sound of the album as "huge." While Punknews.org critic Adam White worried that the material on the album was uneven, he ultimate argued that the "interesting tracks [...] outweigh the momentary sags."
The record also enjoyed modest success on various music charts. It reached number six on the Top Ten Metal/Punk chart on ChartAttack's radio charts for the week of December 10, 2004 and charted at various Canadian campus and community radio stations.
All songs written by SNFU unless otherwise noted.
|2.||"I Think Fine Art's Fine"||2:16|
|3.||"Cheap Transistor Radio"||4:16|
|4.||"Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump"||3:20|
|5.||"One Legged Bridge Jumper Breaks Good Leg in Plunge"||3:14|
|6.||"A Hole in Your Soul"||2:59|
|7.||"Der Heavy Head Dance"||3:36|
|8.||"The Birdman of Malmo"||2:44|
|9.||"Sick Lee & Coward Leigh"||3:06|
|10.||"If I Die, Will You Die?"||2:51|
|11.||"A Wreck in Progress"||4:01|
- Vinyl bonus tracks
|13.||"Uncontrollable Urge"||Mark Mothersbaugh||3:01|
|14.||"Operation"||Lucky Lehrer, Roger Rogersons||1:13|
- Mr. Chi Pig (Ken Chinn) - vocals
- Marc Belke - guitar
- Matt Warhurst - bass
- Trevor MacGregor - drums
- Brent Belke - guitar (track 7)
- Corporal Ninny (Chris Thompson) - drums (track 14)
- Chris Walter. What No One Else Wanted to Say. Vancouver: GFY Press, 2014, pg. 179
- Walter 194
- Walter 195
- Walter 197
- Walter 198
- Walter 204
- Norton, Mark (February 2005). "SNFU 'In the Meantime & In Between'". Classic Rock. 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 97.
- "SNFU - In the Meantime and In Between Time". Hour Community. October 28, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
- "SNFU - In the Meantime and In Between Time". Punknews.org. June 11, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
- Walter 210
- "SNFU In the Meantime and In Between Time". Exclaim!. October 31, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
- "Metal/Punk chart". Chart. 2004-12-10. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011.
- "SNFU - In the Meantime and In Between Time". Exclaim!/!earshot. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
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