Single Review: Get Inuit – Teriyaki

By on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 at 12:00 pm

Kent’s self-described ‘dirty pop’ band Get Inuit have had a busy 2016, including performing for international audiences at SXSW in March including at longtime champion Huw Stephens and PRS for Music’s evening showcase, touring with their now mates Spring King and bringing their sunny music and attitude to loads of summer festivals. They’ve now unveiled a new single, and it’s a doozy. It’s one in what is becoming a long line of catchy tunes with their own stamp of craziness. Sadly to fans of Japanese cuisine like yours truly, ‘Teriyaki’ isn’t a song about the food of ol’ Nippon at all. What is certain is that this song’s recording and production was backed financially by the PRS for Music Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund, support only anointed to a select group of British acts.

The first clue of the single cover art is the upside down vanilla ice cream cone melting, forlornly on the ledge of an electric blue wall. Beginning with a fuzzed out noise that sounds like what happens in the studio when autotune is applied to a guitar line, you know you’re heading into something completely different. Lead singer Jamie Glass sings, “maybe I’ve got 99 problems, but we’re all going to hell!” in his trademark winsome yelp. Is he being serious? As Glass wails in the chorus, “I can’t remember who I was before”, he betrays his uncertainty of who he has become and what lies in the future. Appearing in an engaging singalong of a song, if you aren’t paying attention, you might have missed it.

It struck me as I was listening to this single that Get Inuit just might be pioneering an anti-punk movement. While their lyrics have always swung into the weird and nonsensical, skirting the line at slacker lo-fi, their instrumentation has always sounded full and amazing, if not polished. Brash in sound but not at all foolhardy in execution, ‘Teriyaki’ is one delicious proposition in pop on its head.


The digital version of Get Inuit’s newest single ‘Teriyaki’ is out now. A physical 7” will follow on the 30th of September on Tunbridge Wells-based DIY record label Unlabel. For more of TGTF’s coverage of the Kent band, go here.

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