London hard-rock band Ugly Yeti released new single ‘Red Sky’ on 12th July. It has an intense feel right from the off, with a two-second drum intro before the guitars and voice arrive. Ugly Yeti are influenced by Rage Against The Machine, Don Broco and Foo Fighters, and you can definitely hear the Foo Fighters sound in the opening verse. Fast guitars provide power to the song, whilst the vocals are gritty. The first verse is followed by a slowing down, accompanied by a slightly jarring reverb.
The song then reaches a more passionate section, with the vocals becoming more raspy and the drums becoming rapid. ‘Red Sky’ doesn’t have a particularly discernible verse and chorus structure, which does make it musically interesting but does also make it less catchy and memorable. Without the particular hooks for the listener to grasp onto, it can feel like three and a half minutes of noise.
Nevertheless, it’s a song that has a lot of energy to it and definitely has the potential to be a great one to hear live. The artwork for ‘Red Sky’ fits the song perfectly, with a night sky lit with red hues by fireworks, all overlooked by a tower block.
Having released their debut EP ‘Mean Machine’ in 2017, they have had some time to alter and perfect their sound, so hopefully the release of ‘Red Sky’ and March’s ‘Floating Away’ will provide them with the breakthrough that the five-piece are hoping for.