Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from our favourites; 9 o’clock Nasty. Disco Investors is out today (19th March 2023), and we just can’t get enough of this quirky British band.
We’ve come to know and love the music of 9 o’clock Nasty over the past year or so. As reviewers, they never fail to keep us on our toes, combining their wit and musical talents with a defiant desire to remain as unique as possible.
Disco Investors comes straight in with slamming drums and a catchy and infectious guitar riff that immediately gets stuck in your head. Disco Investors has, like all of 9 o’clock Nasty’s songs, great use of stops and rise and fall to create a spectacular dynamic soundscape. The stops with drums interspersed with vocals are a sublime touch in this track and leave the listener absolutely engaged.
Whilst we love the ‘shouty’, punky layered vocals of 9 o’clock Nasty, their strength (in our opinion) is when they’re harmonising, and the choruses here display some real moments.
At times, the stops make use of slightly discordant guitars and add tension. The band make good use of shakers to add some top end to the track in all the right places. Don’t let the laid-back punky approach fool you, these guys know how to create a song that grabs your attention and runs off with it.
Press releases from 9 o’clock Nasty never fail to make us all howl with laughter, and the one for Disco Investors is no different. They describe the song as “Glam rock, toxic masculinity and an unlimited supply of sugary snacks. What could possibly go wrong? DISCO INVESTORS hits hard and makes a lurching glitter-strewn getaway with mismatched high-heeled boots and over-tight pants.”
Ideas from our ears
A couple of small surgical cuts at 75Hz and 200Hz would reduce slight peaks in the kick and snare, respectively. A wider boost around 800Hz would fill out the mids, and a small shelf boost in the top octave could bring out the sizzle in the hi-hats and cymbals. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
We are thoroughly enjoying watching the monumental rise of 9 o’clock Nasty. They are more and more polished every time we hear them, and in the space of about a year, they’ve gone from a jokey, shouty, brash punk band to a truly polished and professional-sounding outfit whilst remaining true to their roots. We cannot recommend this bizarre and quirky bunch of guys highly enough!