Nashville (US) based band, Roxercat, release their debut single today (14 October 2022), Pearls, and we here at Send Me Your Ears studio have been given the opportunity for a pre-listen.
Lyrically, Pearls speaks of a desire for happiness, belief in each other, and making dreams come true. The song embodies Price Jones’ (vocals) worldview as a simple message that no matter the current status of relationships with the people who come and go throughout your life, you can still wish them happiness. “Life is about surrounding yourself with people that believe in you – and you in them – and always holding on to your dreams,” says Price.
With a full sounding acoustic guitar and a Lynyrd Skynyrd style electric guitar coming in almost immediately, the song has an immediate “Southern Rock” feel to it.
When the vocals come in, we were reminded very much of Kirsty MacColl. A kind of storytelling fairy tale voice that feels slightly vulnerable and endearing. This is a positive feeling song that gets its message across in just 2 and a half minutes.
We like the use of hammond in the background of this track. It adds to an authentic Classic/ Southern Rock feel. The electric guitar solo towards the end reminded us very much of tracks from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Last Rebel album.
Roxercat describe themselves as a progressive rock band so we’re hugely looking forward to hearing what they do next as this is a very popular genre amongst our team.
From a production perspective, there is a lot of rumble in the sub-bass area so a hi-pass filter around 35-40Hz would clear that up nicely. We felt that the vocals are heavy around 1kHz which is giving them a “honky / nasal” tone (possibly picked up during the recording process – and not a characteristic of the vocalist) – a careful cut here would help balance them out a little. To our ears, the vocals could also benefit from a boost around 4-5kHz for some extra presence and definition. The overall track could also use a boost across the high mids and highs centred around 8kHz to add to the brightness. We also tried a light compressor / limiter with around 5dB of make up gain to add to the warmth and punch of the track as well as overall volume.
Roxercat’s “Pearl” is a promising debut from a band of dedicated seasoned musicians. We’re very much looking forward to hearing what they bring out next. The EP will be available in January 2023.