Four minutes of unapologetic alt-rock charged with all kinds of confused sadness, Glasgow four-piece Nasty Nesto and the Sadbois present to you their new song ‘Best Friend’.
A call and response of voices howl over a driving backing of heavy, distorted guitar chords and a churning drum beat. The tortured, dejected tones of this track really take you through the motions, and this is all channeled through the vocal performance. The instrumentation seems to be merely a platform for the vocals to jump off.
However, perhaps this perception comes through the mix of the song. The vocals do seem to be very isolated from the music, and the rest of the band is frequently at risk of getting lost in the background.
Maybe this was an intentional choice, emphasising a sense of loneliness in the song. But I don’t think an evening out of vocal levels just a touch would go amiss.
Describing ‘Best Friend’, the band said it is about about ‘dealing with abandonment and grief, something we all have to deal with at some point in life. Luckily we always have a best friend near to get us through the struggles of life.’.
If there’s one thing you can say about the song, it’s that the band undoubtedly managed to achieve these themes they describe. So they’ve told you exactly what to expect when you press play.
Give ‘Best Friend’ a listen, and let us know what you think!