Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Essex (UK) band, rosary. (For clarity, the band name is “rosary.” – lowercase and full stop.)
Save Face is a two-and-a-half-minute onslaught of high-quality pop-punk. The song grabs you immediately with a brief wall of guitars, coming to a complete stop before the drums join the mix for an explosion of emotionally charged power.
The drums are clear, bright and driving. They punch through in the mix perfectly. We were bowled over by the interesting rhythms and pattern changes, together with some fantastic use of total stops to create some exhilarating moments of tension throughout the song.
“The main premise of the song is about a toxic relationship in which I did nothing to stand my ground against,” the band explain.
The vocals are clear and present, and wow – what a voice! Reminiscent of Dexter Holland (Offspring). His voice is passionate and emotional and gives the whole song a California/ college rock feel – pretty impressive for a band from Essex, UK! At times, the vocals are layered, adding a new dimension and filling out the sound perfectly.
There are some superb stabs on the guitars, and they follow the changes in rhythms on the drums perfectly. This band is tight, and we’d urge anyone to take the opportunity to see them in a live setting.
A brief guitar solo with a repeated line gives the guitarist chance to shine, and the whole two-and-a-half-minute song is a very well-considered and well-structured song that plays to the strengths of every member of the band.
Ideas from our ears
The quality production on this track hits you hard in the face right from the start. To our ears, a small boost around 50Hz could add some extra depth to the kick drum, and a small cut around 2-2.5kHz could reduce a slight harshness in some of the guitars. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
rosary. were a new name to us today, but on the strength of this latest single, Save Face, they are a force to be reckoned with. They say in their biography that touring the world is on their wish list. With music as high quality as this, it would appear to be only a matter of time.