UNSTUCK – ANNE-MARIE

We’ve been listening today to the latest song from Ireland’s, Unstuck, here at the Send Me Your Ears studio. We previously reviewed their debut single, Occupied, and now they’re back with another blast of punky 90s rock for your ears!

Starting with a telephone-filtered electric guitar, the song quickly progresses into a full band sound with a funky rhythm that made us all nod our heads.

We love the intimate vocal at the start and the incidental fills on guitar that keep the interest all the way through. This is such a fun song with some exciting use of panned guitars. Describing their music as “warbling, off-kilter pop”, this is a band who don’t take themselves too seriously, despite having a superb unique and quirky sound. This is highly original music by some extremely talented musicians and songwriters.

More than anything, we’re still trying to figure out how the band manage to throw a decent-length instrumental section into a song that is less than 2 minutes long, without it sounding even remotely rushed! We love the eccentricity of the instrumental, with some real “what just happened” moments! The pitch bend on the guitar makes it sound just slightly honky-tonk and gives the whole song a real madcap and zany feel!

Reminiscent in places of Supergrass, there were other times where we were reminded a little of Madness. Perhaps a touch of early Red Hot Chilli Peppers in there too. Whatever this is, it is just wonderful and highly original.

From a production perspective, we’d suggest a fairly wide cut centred around 7-800Hz would reduce some ‘honkiness’ in the track and another cut around 2.5-3kHz for some harshness in the guitar tone. A boost across the high mids and highs centred around 8kHz would add to the brightness and clarity in the track. Finally, a high shelf boost for some extra ‘zing’.

Unstuck are a band who are very clearly on a mission to be heard. And they deserve to be! This latest offering, Anne-Marie, only makes us even more excited about their forthcoming debut EP.