Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from firm favourites, 9 o’clock Nasty. The Gastronaut was released on April 29, 2023, and is this delightful band’s latest offering.
There’s something about 9 o’clock Nasty. We say it almost every time we review them. They have an instantly recognisable and completely unique style. The moment any of their songs start, you can tell it’s a 9 o’clock Nasty track. Their music is almost annoyingly catchy! They have somehow managed to carve out a niche where they are somehow creative, endearing and memorable, whilst also having a slightly unpolished, but utterly charming sound. We absolutely love them.
The other thing that always impresses us about 9 o’clock Nasty is their insane ability to create superb written material to accompany every one of their releases. They are true entertainers.
The pitch for The Gastronaut, as always, made us laugh out loud, and for that reason we’re sharing it below for our readers’ entertainment too:
“Our studio is on a boat. To record this song, we tried to get a piano onto the boat. We had no idea how heavy a piano is, and even less of an idea of the catastrophic effect it would have on the boat.
The Gastronaut was recorded in a mad 9 hour dash before we had to abandon ship. There are no second chances to record a vocal when dirty river water is coming up through the floor. Our studio has now been relocated to a building and boat is awaiting a crane to recover it. Except the piano. It belongs to the fish now.”
What’s not to love about these guys?!
Anyway…onto the song itself! The Gastronaut grabs your attention immediately with intoxicating rhythms and some truly head-nodding toms work. The repeated riff gets stuck in your head, and the use of panning and shakers, additional vocals and piano riffs keep the interest going throughout the verses.
The layered vocals are almost spoken-word in places, and could potentially lend themselves to comparisons to slacker rock styling. There is a punky couldn’t-care-less approach to pitching, which somehow works.
One could draw definite comparisons to Fatboy Slim’s work on this track. There are plenty of elements of 90s Big Beat movement here.
Ideas from our ears
A boost at 75Hz and a cut at 110Hz would balance out the low end a bit, giving extra depth to the toms. The vocal line is peaking occasionally around 700-800Hz so a cut there might help it fit a little better. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
We feel utterly privileged to be part of 9 o’clock Nasty’s musical journey. Innovators in entertainment, this band never disappoint and are constantly honing their craft.