Here at the Send Me Your Ears Studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from 9 o’clock Nasty. yes, you read that right… Another single from the Nasties! One of the most prolific bands we’ve come across, it feels like 9 o’clock Nasty are creating new music more often than most people are having hot dinners.

We always look forward to 9 o’clock Nasty singles. This Leicester-based (UK) band keep us on our toes, and we never know quite what to expect next from them. Whether it is a highly polished rock song or a shouty punk song that’s over in a couple of minutes, the band are consummate entertainers. We look forward to their press releases if nothing else!

Their latest track, Mood Is Low, sits firmly in the shouty-punky end of their talents, and if nothing else, displays their remarkable versatility. This track has a more lo-fi approach than some of their recent tracks. We love how they’ve used different levels of mono and stereo to break up the track.

The song starts with a repeated guitar riff and simple drums before building into that Ian Dury-style shoutiness that we’ve heard frequently on 9 o’clock Nasty tracks.

Mood Is Low, in their own words, is the kind of song that knocks on your door at 3 am, drunk and smelling of cheap cologne because it lost its keys and was being chased by bats. This. This is why we love this band. Their publicity is inspired. Whether as musicians or comedians, these guys wholeheartedly deserve to be on the stage!

We love how the bass is used several times throughout this track as a solo instrument, demonstrating a musicianship far beyond the punky, slacker attitude of this particular track. The vocal harmony line, “How’s your food” also demonstrates a level of musicianship that extends beyond this laid-back punk track.

As always with the Nasties, the chorus is unnervingly catchy and we warn you, you’ll be singing it all day, whether you like it or not. Consider yourself “Nasty-rolled”. It’s like being Rick-rolled but with more class. Or attitude. Or swagger. Or something?!

That catchy chorus seeps into your brain and repeats over and over, with the guitar riff playing over the top of it, leading towards a stinger ending that makes you realise just how much you were enjoying the track and wish it wasn’t over after all.

Ideas from our ears

The track is fairly ‘toppy’ overall with the low end tailing off around 125Hz so a large boost centred around 60Hz would bring in some more thickness and low end into the mix. A high shelf boost set around 8kHz would increase the brightness too. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Imagine throwing the Beastie Boys and Ian Dury down a cliff with a drum kit and a couple of guitars. Welcome to 9 o’clock Nasty. We flippin’ love these guys!