SINGLE REVIEW: Witterquick ‘Between You and I’ — an addictive voyage into a pop-rock resurrected from the demo pile.


“Witterquick ‘Between You and I’ — an addictive voyage into a pop-rock formed past”

Witterquick of Exeter have just dropped their Between You And I from their debut album due out at the end of the month. ombines rock with pop sensibilities, stadium-level anthemic tracks, and a general sense of ‘70s and ‘80s nostalgia, each track is lovingly crafted, and this new track is no different.

“When the drums break in at the start of the first chorus that the [Between You And I] comes into its own and becomes something almost transcendent for the genre; it soars, rather than simply hovering.”

‘Between You and I’ opens as what seems a pop-rock song: lofty, echoing and noticeably clear vocals full of passion; a great song, for sure, but nothing more than that. It’s when the drums break in at the start of the first chorus that the song comes into its own and becomes something almost transcendent for the genre; it soars, rather than simply hovering.

“Between You and I spent the recent past in backburner demo limbo… and we’re grateful that they played around with it and polished it off for us!”

Between You and I spent the recent past in backburner demo limbo – a band favourite, but one that they never got around to finishing. It was only recently that the track got a second glance; lead vocalist Will started experimenting with it in rehearsal- the band joined in and that was that. It’s a wondrous thing to have the track’s existence as a proper Witterquick song, and we’re grateful that they played around with it and polished it off for us!

‘It’s simply all encompassing… a song to fade into’

Bassist Ollie Chanter described the track as “one of the purest and most honest songs we’ve written”, and it’s obvious to see why. The track’s deceptive rawness closes the distance between the band and the listener, exposing them and opening the track up for a closer and more introspective examination; it seems almost reluctant to permit us listening to hear it in its incorporeal, almost smothering beauty. Yet, rather than simply drowning in the track, you’re left to float above it; rather than overwhelming, it’s simply all encompassing. It’s a song to fade into, to sink gradually, almost leisurely into; the synth wave style bass and subtle atmospherics keep it just unique enough to make it a distinct offering for the band without being so unique as to take away from the track’s roots. The chorus is as catchy as it is repetitive, and it becomes a struggle to turn off. As with all studio work, production is a finely tuned beast and for us the only possible issue with the track would be a slight over-production.

A brilliant track, from a brilliant band. Undoubtedly a stunner live!

9/10

Out Now.

Words: James O’Sullivan @jsully2510

On tour in May:

29.02 Exeter, Phoenix (album launch party)

04.05 Glasgow, Garage

05.05 Newcastle, Head of Steam

06.05 Manchester, Gullivers

07.05 Liverpool, Zanzibar

08.03 London, Hope and Anchor

09.05 Cardiff, Fuel

10.05 Bristol, Exchange

15.05 Exeter, Cavern