Snapper (band)

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Also known as Snapper/ Peter Gutteridge
Origin New Zealand
Genres Drone/noise pop
Years active 1987 - 2014
Labels Flying Nun Records
Associated acts The Clean
The Chills
The Great Unwashed
Past members Alan Haig
Dominic Stones
Christine Voice
Mike Dooley

Snapper was the New Zealand performance indie/alternative band of the late Peter Gutteridge, previously in The Clean, The Chills and The Great Unwashed.

The band evolved from the line-up of another Gutteridge-led band, the Dunedin-based Phromes. A show supporting the Delawares featuring Christine Voice drew her melodic organ and haunting vocals to the fold and with Alan Haig on drums and Dominic Stones (who went on to the 3Ds) on guitar, the line-up was complete.

Snapper's first full-length album, Shotgun Blossom, was released in 1992 with the original line-up. The seven inch single "Vadar" b/w "Gentle Hour", was released in 1993 as the band began to fragment somewhat. The full-length album, A.D.M., was released in 1996 and is predominantly Gutteridge singing and playing all instruments with Mike Dooley on drums. Voice plus Demarnia Lloyd from Cloudboy, and Celia Pavlova from King Loser, featured as guest vocalists.

Although never completely defunct; Snapper's activity since the late 1990s has been sporadic at best. In 2000 Gutteridge brought a version of his line-up together; Voice, Dooley with additional members Maxine Funke and Thomas Bell, to perform a show as part of Dunedin City's Festival of the Arts.

Gutteridge brought yet another line-up of Snapper together for a concert in Dunedin in July 2012, and toured the North Island in February 2013.[1]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Shotgun Blossom
Shotgun Blossom
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Flying Nun Records (FN294)

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Flying Nun Records (FN110)
  • Charted: #49


Title Year Album
"Dark Sensation" / "Snapper and the Ocean"[2] 1990 Shotgun Blossom
"Vader" / "Gentle Hour"[3] 1993
"Alive" / "Hammerhead"[4] 2002


  1. ^ "Snapper to perform three shows this month | NZ Musician | New Zealand Music Magazine". NZ Musician. 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Snapper – Dark Sensation". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Snapper – Vader". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  4. ^ "Snapper – Alive". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 

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