“I was bullied for my technique. I just used that as motivation… keep playing until you smoke the haters”: Meet Snõõper, the Jack White-signed Nashville indie punks making art from 100mph fretwork

Snõõper guitarists Ian Teeple and Connor Cummins
(Image credit: Tess Fulkerson)

‘Speed’ can be a dirty word for some guitarists. Invoke the term and you risk triggering a lengthy rant about shred, mocking comments about spandex before it all simmers to a mumble about “David Gilmour” and “finger tone”. 

Nashville’s Snõõper are an exception, in being both cool enough to be signed by Jack White’s Third Man Records and fast enough to leave you panting between licks.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.