SNST, the newly-formed outfit featuring Chris Broach and Steve Znavor, are excited to present the band’s debut album titled Turn Out The Lights. Produced, recorded, and mixed by Will Yip. Turn Out The Lights represents a new beginning for both Broach and Znavor – a fresh body of work that seamlessly blends electronic and organic instrumentation into a unique amalgam of music that's as apt to make you dance as it is to make you think.
In 2015 Broach and his longtime collaborator Steve Znavor launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising money for a new album for The Firebird Band – but Broach quickly realized that these songs demanded a new moniker. “The Firebird Band was just my thing for so long and SNST is really what Steve and I created together,” Broach explains. “It's a true collaboration in that sense.”
The duo wrote the songs that would become Turn Out The Lights at each other's respective residences in Chicago and Los Angeles. From the club-worthy, synth-driven groove of “Get Over Yourself” to the stripped-down perfection of “'76 – '78” and angular post-rock feel of “Running From The Girl,” Turn Out The Lights is an album that's difficult to categorize because it doesn't have an allegiance to any one genre – and its strengths lie in the liberating nature of that freedom. “Steve and I both approached this recording in terms of what's best for the song,” Broach explains. “We both have a similar aesthetic but we're coming from different places musically and I think that allows us to combine all of those ideas into something cohesive.”
Turn Out The Lights is as infectious as it is intellectual – and the duo tackle topics ranging from deeply personal to passionately political within the course of the album. “I felt like I was a little more free with what I wanted to sing about on this album,” Broach explains. And songs like “National Monument” are evidence of that. “That song is about and what was happening in the United States pre-election and I felt like it was important to write about it because it was so upsetting to me. A lot of these songs are just me experimenting with finding a different voice that I haven't expressed in the past.” Yip was integral to helping to finding that voice as the vocals were written and recorded with him over a twelve-day period.
Broach's excitement is palpable when he speaks about SNST. “What I love about this band is that Steve and I are able to do whatever we want without trying to hold ourselves to someone else’s idea of what we ought to be doing,” he summarizes. “As an artist you don't often get a chance to express yourself in this way – and I'm happy that this project came together the way it did.”