Founded by Ross McLennan in Melbourne, Australia in 1992. Snout made one of their first recorded appearances on the compilation, 'Slice Two: A Half A Cow Compilation' in that same year. They went on to be a fixture of the Australian indie music scene until their demise in 2002. The band's first release in their own right was in 1993 with the 'Cleans and Brightens' EP. The lineup at this time consisted of Ross McLennan (bass and vocals), Rob Wolf (guitar and backing vocals) and Hugh Williams (drums).
Soon after the recording of 'What's That Sound?', Rob and Hugh left the band. McLennan recruited Greg Ng for guitar and backing vocal duties. Ng had previously fronted Melbourne shoegaze exponents Afterglow (7). New drummer, Ewan McCartney had previously performed with Ripe (2).
This combination recorded the band's most successful releases; 'The New Pop Dialogue' (1996) and 'Circle High and Wide' (1998).
This lineup remained stable until 1999, when Ng left the band and was replaced by Anthony Paine, of High Pass Filter, who played guitar on the band's final album, 'Managing Good Looks' (2001). This album was released on W.Minc Productions run by Graham Lee (The Triffids) and Steve Miller (The Moodists). Two tracks featured Rebecca Barnard on backing vocals.
Snout played extensively on the live circuit in Australia, leaving Melbourne regularly to tour in their own right and with other prominent names of the era. They also played festivals such as The Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Sunny Sedgewick, Livid and Meredith Music Festival. Snout played their final gig in November 2002, in Melbourne at the Rob Roy Hotel, now known as the Workers Club, Fitzroy.