Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of Independent Spotlight, we’ll be delving into a band with quite the peculiar name, Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean. The five-piece English alternative rock group’s new song is called, ‘When On Mars.’ The single is one of two songs they’ve put out since signing with LMC Records. Before that, they put out their debut EP in 2014, titled ‘Bad Llama.’ How does ‘When On Mars’ stack up? Let’s check it out:
The production quality of Wet Lettuce is a bit low-fi. The mix is a tad cluttered, the bass is a bit strong, and the vocals get buried. Vocalist Kyle Jordan is a tad difficult to understand as well. With all of that said, I don’t really care much. It feels like a sound that is supposed to be a bit low-fi, and I dig that. Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean have a underground, muddy sound that accents their alternative style very well.
‘When On Mars’ is well performed, too. It has a very distinctive banter between the lead guitarist and the drummer, a style that’s very reminiscent of another band who got their start in a little English town, the Arctic Monkeys. The comparison stops and ends at the lead guitarist and drummer, though; Jordan’s vocals are more soulful than someone like Alex Turner. He embodies a Van Morrison-esque style of toying around with the octaves he can reach.
‘When On Mars’ is a really great song. It’s catchy, nicely executed, and quite cool. It’s also a bit muddled on the production end, though, and it’s a bit difficult to get past the vocalist, who is pretty hard to understand. (In honesty, after listening to the song half a dozen times, I couldn't recall more than a few words of it.) It’s the kind of act that could use much better studio work to really shine on tape. I’m positive their live act would probably be an entirely different story.
Check out Wet Lettuce Below: