Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to Superswell’s debut single, I Don’t Believe It’s True, released on January 20, 2023.
Brooklyn-based, Superswell, are Desmond Smith (bass), Harrison Kravis (drums), Dan Avedis Masotti, (vox/rhythm guitar), and Robbie Woll (lead guitar).
It’s not often we’re this impressed by a debut single. I Don’t Believe It’s True gripped us from start to finish: a nuanced break-up song that delivers a scathing response to virtue-signalling behaviour.
Starting with a heavily panned electric guitar riff, the full band quickly joins in with some exciting and interesting rhythms. Throughout the song, the band are fluid with their approach to standard beats-in-a-bar conventions, and it is their odd meter change-ups that contribute to the excitement and enjoyment of the song.
Reminding us in places of the British band, Ash, this song has wonderful differentiation between sections: changing up rhythms and styles to go from rockabilly to reggae-like sections, reminiscent of the Police.
The vocals are strong and passionate and we loved the occasional addition of harmonies and extra layers to thicken out the sound.
A Santana-toned guitar solo is a particular highlight of the song, with the lead guitar panned heavily to the right and some gorgeous harmonies occasionally on the left.
With a stinger ending leaving you wanting more, this track is an exhilarating ride and a taste of what’s to come from this new act. We’re super excited to see what comes next.
Ideas from our ears
A boost centred around 75Hz would add extra thickness to the low end, raising the thump of the kick drum. A careful surgical cut at 205Hz would reduce a slight peak from the top snare mic too. A wide boost centred around 10kHz would increase the brightness and presence in the track as a whole. To our ears, the guitars could be panned a touch less hard. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
What a superb burst onto the indie rock scene Superswell’s debut single is. I Don’t Believe It’s True has all the markings of quality 90s-influenced indie rock, whilst very much adhering to the band’s own rules. Highly original and highly recommended.