Here at the Send Me Your Ears Studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from one of our regulars, the prolific Snakedoctors. Why Don’t was released on May 26, 2023, and is a powerfully dark and menacing song about love and the complicated intricacies within.

The song is set up by a rocking drum pattern at the start before an almost threatening and discordant grungey guitar sequence joins the mix. The song is dark and foreboding and there is a sense of deep despair within its message.

The accompanying video, filmed in Poland and Serbia, tells the tale of a couple who appear to be at the end of their relationship. Together with the repeated line, “Why don’t you go away?” the song is a sad and distressing story.

The heavy drums (provided by Nik Hughes from Bush) are ever present, while the crunching guitars come and go to change emphasis and create rise and fall. The guitars create a kind of tension and release feel: building and building until they drop back and begin to build again.

Ideas from our ears

A hi-pass filter at 35Hz would remove some unnecessary low-end rumble. A wide boost centred around 12kHz would increase the overall presence and brightness in the track too. Another great way to achieve some extra brightness is to use a single band compressor on the top 2 octaves and add some make up gain. Some extra compression and make up gain in the vocal track might help it to cut through a little better too, particularly on the lower notes which are getting a bit lost. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Snakedoctors are a prolific and ambitious garage/grunge/rock band who are making a name for themselves in their native Poland. Their music is hypnotic and powerful and we recommend it to fans of European rock.