Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Finland’s, Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps. Venetian Rubber Boots was released on February 28th 2023 and for this track, he’s teamed up with Minds Behind the Music to fight climate change.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the song, Tikka says, “I saw this image of people up to their necks in water, carrying suitcases and children, trying to find their way out of historic Venice and thought that somebody should do something about this, so I wrote Venetian Rubber Boots.”

Venetian Rubber Boots starts dramatically with an almost theatrical introduction. It feels almost like the opening sequence to a movie, with low synth-bass notes which progress into some distant chanting underneath some percussion and a panpipes-like solo instrument.

As the rhythm guitar joins the mix, the song takes on a 60s feel, and perhaps might sit well alongside music from Woodstock.

A stop leads into a bigger chorus with Hammond and lots of stereo layered vocals. The rise and fall of this track helps to maintain the listeners’ interest, and the use of stops is particularly well done to create excitement. The lead vocals are an interesting combination of 60s-leaning style, together with modern tuning production.

There are incidental panned electric guitar fills between the vocals and there is always a lot happening in the track. A synth brass solo fills a section and the use of tambourine is well-placed in the choruses to add just a touch of extra interest.

Ideas from our ears

A small boost around 55-60Hz would add some extra thump to the kick drum sound. A cut in the 100-150Hz range could reduce some slightly ‘boomy’ tones too. A cut in the vocal track around 250Hz would help control some occasional ‘muddy’ sounds. A wider boost centred around 9kHz would increase the brightness and presence in the track as a whole with maybe even an additional high-shelf boost in the top octave. Finally, a light compressor/limiter with around 5dB of make-up gain could increase the warmth and punch in the track as well as raising the overall volume a touch. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps latest single, Venetian Rubber Boots, is a 60s feeling call-to-action for climate change awareness.