Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Irish band, Unstuck. Working Man! is released on March 31st 2023.
We’ve reviewed Unstuck a couple of times before, including their stunning debut single, Occupied – a quirky and punky Green Day-influenced track. Unstuck are Andrew Pierce (guitar/vox), Conor Morgan (bass/vox), and Dean Bates (drums) and here at Send Me Your Ears we just can’t get enough of them!
Working Man! is a song about working in a mundane job that makes you feel hopeless. The accompanying video was fun to watch and showed a man wandering around aimlessly carrying a pint of milk in a glass and then returning it to the fridge at the end of the day. We’re sure every reader has had days that feel this fruitless, and this track is a great exploration of that feeling.
This skater/ 90s rock track is filtered at the start, which gives way to a creative and punky track that has all the elements needed to make this radio station’s dream. Sitting at almost exactly 3 and a half minutes, Working Man is the perfect radio-friendly length and has huge commercial appeal.
There are moments in this song where it feels almost like a more energetic version of Radiohead, or perhaps that Terrorvision track that got lost in the vaults of time.
We love how the guitar drops out in the second verse, leaving the layered vocals and crystal clear picked bass to take the lead. Other times in the track, everything drops out to just guitars, and we loved the (albeit brief) A Capella moment, with some sublime harmony vocals.
Working Man has an awesome and punchy instrumental section that will delight fans of Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Ending with a vibrato-laden, arpeggiated weird chorus guitar, this song simply has so much going for it that we think this is an instant hit.
Ideas from our ears
A boost around 55Hz could give a little extra thump to the kick drum and another around 400Hz might help add some more fullness to the mids. A couple of larger boosts from around 4kHz upwards including a high shelf boost set around 12kHz would increase the brightness and presence in the overall track. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
We have been consistently impressed with everything about Irish band, Unstuck. Their musicality and songwriting are second to none, and their attention to detail and extra efforts to produce quality music videos sits them head and shoulders above their peers. Most definitely ones to watch.