Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from UK artist, Downtown Patriots. Said And Done was released on March 24th, 2023.

Downtown Patriots is the brainchild of Danny Watts, a multi-instrumentalist from Woodbridge, Suffolk. Described as a mild-mannered businessman by day and a rock and roller by night, Danny’s virtuoso performances on this track are impressive: playing Drums, Bass, Guitars, Keys, and singing Vocals.

Said And Done begins with gentle chorus electric guitar melodies reminiscent of Nirvana’s, Heart-shaped Box. The vocals are layered, and there is an ominous feel to the track as if it is about to explode into something more powerful. And explode it does! Launching into a Foo Fighters (The Pretender) style, the song quickly picks up power and energy. We particularly love how the vocals remain slow and gentle, but it is the instrumentation at this point that gives the song the extra power.

We’re thoroughly impressed with the writing and composition of this track. Aside from the fact that all the instrumentation has been played by the same person, this track has plenty of different sections to help maintain interest throughout the track effortlessly. Fans of The Presidents of the United States of America will appreciate the layered vocals sections, and the soundscape this song creates is truly dynamic and exciting.

After the (super-catchy!) chorus, the song drops back to just guitar and vocal again and then builds beautifully with some excellent toms work on drums.

The changes in energy throughout the track keep you absolutely engaged to the very last note. We love the section of strummed guitars that gives rise to an awesome drum fill and superb toms work that builds and builds back into that (now you’re singing along!) chorus that has some great ride cymbal work. Building and building to a stinger ending, this track just makes you want to hit replay immediately.

Ideas from our ears

A hi-pass at 35Hz would filter out some sub-bass rumble which occurred during the more ‘tom-heavy’ drum parts. A cut around 70-75Hz would reduce a peak in the bass too. Some extra fullness could be achieved with a small but wider boost centred around 400-450Hz and, finally, a high shelf boost in the top octave to bring out the air and brightness, particularly in the ride cymbal. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Drawing on influences from plenty of bands that will tick all the right boxes, Said And Done by Downtown Patriots is a powerful break-up song about the protagonist realising the relationship has come to an end.