Peter Snow

Peter Snow

Peter Snow

The Soviet Influence
Its Radiohead, Matthew Good and the Talking Heads that veers into the political anger of Joe Strummer, with the guitar tones of Johnny Marr

The Soviet Influence is a music group founded by Peter Snow in 2011. They have one full length release Boundaries, and two EPs, Check Boxes and Rust. These recordings were completed with a range of musical collaborators from southern Ontario. Based in Limehouse, Ontario, The Soviet Influence makes music influenced by such bands as Radiohead, Broken Social Scene, The Tragically Hip, Death Cab for Cutie, and Sigur Ros.  The group’s songs are thematically linked to a loosely defined genre called “death-consciousness.” This is meant to be a mostly unserious poke at the existential crises that reoccur throughout Peter’s lyrics. As a songwriter, Peter is interested in speaking from inside the minds of various characters. He weaves themes of internal struggle, interpersonal problems, and political unrest. For example, the entirety of Boundaries is the story of a person who is both revolutionary and ill. Throughout the narrative of the album it is never quite clear what is true and what is fiction.  The band’s more recent work has continued along these themes while being especially political at times.


One review of Boundaries referred to the music as “more art than commercial.” While the Soviet Influence does generally aim towards artistry rather than commercial sensibilities, there more recent work has featured songs that are more widely accessible. The music itself utilizes some unusual structures and dissonant components, as well as experimentation with spoken word.  Ultimately this is guitar-driven music with songs crafted around interesting or novel sounds.

All of our music is also available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Youtube, Apple Music and Amazon.

Recent Submissions

Peter Snow submitted media.

Oh Not Tonight by The Soviet Influence

Alan Cross

Good stuff. No notes from me on songwriting, performance, or production. 

Tell you what: send me high-quality MP3 and a short bio (3 lines max) and I'll try to get this a feature on 102.1 the Edge/Toronto. Use 

Meanwhile, I'll pass this around my social networks.

Peter Snow submitted media.

Visions (2019) by The Soviet Influence

Benjamin Groff

Hey Soviet Influence - thanks for the submission.  Decent song here.  I liked some of the chord changes which were not expected and going in some real musical areas.  For me overall, the song / project is a bit more on the indie side that I usually work in and just not sure how I can help out.  If there's one part for improvement it might be the production / mix.  I know you can be limited in what you can do financially with studio etc.  But you might want to also just look at what the best guitar / vocal you can afford might sound like.  Sometimes when the song is killer - that's all you need.  Thanks though for the share just not sure for my channels where i can help out.  Hope that helps.  

Mike Mineo

Repeating guitar and brooding bass combine with yearning vocals for a nice start and exposition to this sound, enjoyably touting alternative and post-punk elements. The track's nocturnal feel is accomplished via the trickling guitars and tortured vocals, showing a fond likeness to Thom Yorke/Radiohead. I'm also reminded of Australian act The Church. As these comparisons show, I'm fond of this track's sound and generally haunting, hypnotic qualities. Thanks for sending -- and I do plan on sharing this via OS. Also, since you noted looking for help promoting your work, feel free to email me at to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

Alan Cross

First of all, I love the name. Great pick!

No notes from me on songwriting, performance, or production (other than I like the tight sound of the rhythm section and the long-decay cymbal crashes). 

I hear something Thom Yorke-ish mixed with elements of...I'm not sure. Gord Gano's vocals from The Violent Femmes? Good spooky stuff, to be sure.

Now some questions:

1. What are your plans for your music? If it's radio, you'll need a plugger of some sort to help you cut through the noise.

2. If it's signing a record deal, you'll need to establish that you've done a lot of the hard work: Gig attendance numbers, social media engagement, features on blogs, that sort of thing. Once you've proven that you're coming with a fanbase, they'll start to pay attention.

3. Is there money in the budget for a music video? Even a lyric video will help when it comes to YouTube.

4. You'll need to be on ALL the streaming platforms. That's just what's expected of any artist today.

5. What about sync opportunities? This is the kind of thing that music supervisors might be interested in.

6. How often do you play live? There's nothing like having a room of strangers telling you the truth about your music in real time.

This is really good stuff. Let me share this on my social networks. That'll be good for about 100,000 people. Good luck!