Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Polish band, Snakedoctors. Their latest single, Brighter, features Nik Hughes and was released on March 24, 2023.
We’ve reviewed and interviewed Snakedoctors previously, and it’s always nice to see them at the top of the reviews pile. This band is garnering some pretty impressive attention in their home country and working hard to extend their reach.
“Brighter” is a song about how brighter days will finally arrive after dark times. It begins with just drums, before developing with bass lines and some relaxing and gentle dreamy guitars. We love how the track has the occasional discordant note added into the occasional chord, giving it a slightly uncomfortable feel. Almost as if the dark days of the past are still very much in the band’s minds as they write the song.
Vocals, as always with Snakedoctors, are gravelly and low. They are grungey and earnest and reminded us, in this song, of a combination of Tom Waits and Kurt Cobain. There are elements of Alice In Chains in this track too.
Extra guitars and vocals join the song for the choruses, and create some heavy grungey additions to the feel of the song. Dropping back to a brief instrumental section after the first chorus, the song returns to the dreamy guitars for the second verse.
A guitar solo with a repeated simple rising riff is a nice touch and the track, and Brighter has several unexpected moments that keep you on your toes. The song is a soundscape of music and emotion and we feel it may be well placed in the background of a movie or TV show.
Ideas from our ears
A hi-pass at around 40Hz and a careful cut at around 175Hz would remove some sub-bass rumble and reduce a slight peak coming from the snare. A small but wider cut around 350Hz could also bring down some occasional ‘boxy’ tones. Finally, a high shelf boost in the top octave would increase the brightness and sizzle, particularly in the drum track. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Snakedoctors are producing consistent music and increasing their fanbase in Europe and beyond. For fans of grunge, alt-rock and garage.