The commanding lead single from newly banded-together alternative rock trio Undercut’s eponymously titled EP, “Take the Wheel” opens up to a shimmering ambience before ringing in piercing drums and bass. The vocals aren’t rough, but they’re acerbic.
About a minute and a half in, the track makes excellent use of a false ending, which keeps the listener on their toes without abolishing momentum. The breakdown and guitar solo a minute later make for a segment suggestive of the group members’ previous associations with grunge and heavy metal.
“Take the Wheel” should be viewed as a paragon for anyone seeking to reclaim control of their livelihood.