Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been thoroughly listening to Spyderhuff’s releases all year. Taken from their album SIN7, about the Seven Deadly Sins, their latest single, The Mirror speaks of Pride, and lyrically expresses obsession with the idealistic self-image and its destructive nature.
The Mirror is another classy blues rock track with hints of country this time. The hint of country in this song reminded us just a touch of the Red Dirt Rangers, an Oklahoma based Red Dirt Country band.
The blues harp in this track is superb. We loved the tone and effects used on it. It has a perfect dirty blues sound to it. The percussion throughout the track is gorgeous, with some fantastic bongo rhythms – the song even ends on a few well-placed bongo taps. We also were particularly impressed at the thumpiness of the kick drum on this track which helped to keep the song powering along.
Pride has some glorious slide guitar moments in it as well, each instrument adding perfectly to an authentic country/blues-rock crossover.
We absolutely loved the gospel-like harmonies in the choruses. These took the song to a whole new level and gave the song some extra interest. The lead vocal takes a slightly spoken-word style in places and displays some wonderful attitude and flair: reminding us in places of Steve Earle or Lou Reed.
Spyderhuff are Tom Kuhr (vocals, guitar, harmonica, sax, synth), Don Beyer (bass, synth), Jim Pauli (drums), Joey Gaydos (guitar), Tony Mitchell (congas, bongos, drums, backing vocals), and Julie Noe (backing vocals)
Ideas from our ears
A small cut centred around 800Hz would reduce some slightly ‘honky’ tones. A fairly large boost across the top 2 octaves, with an additional boost around 12kHz, would increase the brightness and clarity, balancing out the overall track nicely. Finally, a light compressor/limiter with around 3-4dB of make-up gain would add to the warmth and thickness in the track as well as raising the volume to match similar releases. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of Spyderhuff’s exploration into the Seven Deadly Sins this year, and this track is no exception. With emotive blues harp and genre-bending percussion, The Mirror is another fine example of Spyderhuff’s creativity.