Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Spanish band, GAZ. Some Are Gone was released just before Christmas 2022 and has a timeless nostalgia to it which we at the Send Me Your Ears studio just loved.
The song comes straight in with the full band. It already feels like authentic classic rock and we settle in to enjoy the ride. We love the use of panned rhythm guitars and the intro has lots of subtle touches in instrumentation, including some simple but highly effective piano.
As the song progresses, it feels like something straight out of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s catalogue combined with a touch of the more gentle ballad numbers of Poison. There is a strutting confidence about the song which left us all smiling and nodding our heads in time with the music.
Lead vocals are slightly reminiscent of Axl Rose’s gentler moments (Don’t Cry for example) and there is a touch of country twang added in to place the song slightly more in a Southern Rock direction. There’s nothing about this song to suggest the band are Spanish. This is authentic Classic/Southern Rock from the United States.
The rise and fall of the soundscape of this track is dynamic and exciting to listen to. The kind of song you instantly want to hit replay on. Each musician in GAZ is supremely talented and one of the things we love about this track is that each band member is given plenty of chance to shine. For example, the drums keep the song moving along, but once in a while, you hear a spectacular fill. The same goes with the bass, guitar and piano. This is a band that work extremely well together.
We love the Skynyrd-style fuzz guitar on the solos and there are some great Queen-like harmonies in the solo. We also loved the highly unexpected chord towards the end of the song which made us all smile as the piano took the lead for a moment.
Ideas from our ears
A hi-pass filter around 40Hz followed by a cut around 200-250Hz would balance out the low end nicely. The guitars occasionally sound a little harsh around 1.5kHz so a cut here might soothe the tone a bit. A cut in the vocal track around 8-9kHz would reduce some peaking sibilant sounds and an overall boost across the top 2 octaves would add extra brightness to the track as a whole. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Some Are Gone by Spain’s, GAZ, is a truly remarkable exploration into authentic Southern/Classic rock. This was our first introduction to their music but has piqued our interest and we hope to hear much more from this highly talented band.