We Chatted With CrumbSnatchers About Their Origins, Juvenile Detention, & 2020
By Pres Dean
Hailing from Nashville, TN, CrumbSnatchers have been molding their own indie rock/pop sound through groovy anthems. Comprised of frontman Samuel “Guetts” Guetterman, guitarist Philip Mosteller, bassist Sam Burchfield, and drummer Ethan Mousaulf, the quartet broke into the scene with their debut album Big House back in 2017 and have been making waves across the local scene ever since. Their latest single and video “Satin Glow” exhibited their creative genius by incorporating classic elements of indie rock with rhythmic trimming of contemporary pop. Not to mention the couch-car, the best invention of 2020:
As a band, CrumbSnatchers have faced a fair amount of chaos. They went through a lineup changer after their original drummer Rylan Bledsoe passed away, which led to a difficult period of struggling with music. Despite the obstacles they faced (including this year’s apocalypse), they’ve managed to songsmith bangers and intrigue our minds with their sass and visionary inventions like the couch-car. We had the chance to talk to vocalist Samuel “Guetts” Guetterman and drummer Ethan Mousaulf. Guetts, who spent a year in a faith-based juvenile detention, actually came up with the band’s monikor. “Crumbsnatchers” was actually a condescending nickname that the staff at the juvenile detention gave to the touring church choir, which Guetts was part of at the time. From his experiences with religion to dealing with the apocalypse, he gave us insight into their music, survival skills, and 2021 plans.
How did you guys all meet and form a band?
Guetts: Me (Guetts) and Philip Mosteller have known each other since we were 12. We grew up playing music together.
If you were to describe your sound in one word, what would it be and why?
Guetts: Insistent. Maybe glassy. There’s something very sure and confident about the way we write. It’s like, this is the way it is. This is the song.
For someone who is new to Crumbsnatchers, what three tracks should we present to get them hooked?
Guetts: “A Short Leash”, “Swimming Upstream” and our new one “Satin Glow”
Guetts, you spent a year in a faith-based juvenile detention in Georgia. Can you tell us about that experience? How did you survive that tough time? What are some valuable lessons you learned?
Guetts: That experience was pretty wild. I have some memories from that time I’ll never forget. I escaped and lived in the woods for a bit with my buddy William at one point. That is one of the good memories. I felt really alive during those two weeks. I survived thanks to the homies that I met in there, these are friends that I’ll keep for the rest of my life. I just had lunch with a friend from there that I haven’t seen in 10 years, we laughed and cut up like it was just yesterday. I learned a lot there. mostly about how dangerous religion is.
As a band, what do you think was the biggest takeaway from 2020?
Guetts: I would say don’t ever take community and togetherness for granted ever again. The fact that we can’t even be in a room with each other most of the time is a reality that we hadn’t ever considered before. It’s gonna be something really special when a bunch of sweaty people can dance at a rock n roll show again!
What are some themes (i.e. mental health, romance, self-growth) that you would like to explore more with music in 2021?
Guetts: Lately I’ve been exploring humor with my lyrics, just being able to laugh at one’s own shitty situation is a powerful tool I think. Being able to laugh at my own dumb choices really helps me to forgive myself and learn.
If you guys get stranded on a desert island, who’s the first member to die? Who do you think will survive? And most importantly, who do you think will turn to cannibalism?
Ethan: I think Phil would definitely be the first to go. He would probably spend 15 minutes trying to convince us that this poisonous wild berry is perfectly edible and we’d be like… “nah dude…” and he’d eat it to try and prove a point. Guetts would be the first to become a cannibal and eat me because I can go ridiculously long periods without eating and between the two of us he’d absolutely crack first. Hope I taste good homie.
The world ends tomorrow and you decide to throw an apocalyptic party tonight. What song will you choose as the opener? And which one as the closing one before we all die in flames?
Guetts: I’d say we open it with “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads and close this planet out with “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears. I wanna go out with a smile on my face.
Guetts will eat Ethan’s liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.