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Mercury: Just The Beginning

Mercury's performs its music in a gritty style that is modeled after the best of 1990s Seattle. In fact the opening notes of "Mellow Song" are almost lifted straight from Nirvana, leaving no doubt about the source of the band's inspiration. It is a straightforward, linear, non-progressive sound that is emulated by garage bands across America, but the production, the performances and packaging elevate Mercury out of the garage band status, and into the ranks of talented indies waiting for their break.

As the title suggests Just The Beginning is a 20 minute demo EP - and it really represents the very beginning because Mercury comprises four Maryland artists aged between just 14 and 18. The singer, who is trained in violin and guitar but doesn't employ those skills here, has a rich timbre and a strong, granular tone. Pitch control needs attention but it's an expressive delivery that will catch your attention. Lucky - because almost the whole album is very vocals-oriented. The guitar work is clean, then in sections it features deep distortion punctuated by the odd wail of a pinched string, then often goes abruptly back to clean, bass-strings.

"Breathe" features subtle tempo shifts between verse & chorus, and the frantic tapped out lead guitar solo in "2 Seconds" shows a raw talent that will be ready for prime time with a little more refinement. Opener "Waste" starts with a simple bass string motif, then enter the vocals and we have Cameron channeling a younger incarnation of Cobain. In fact 5 of the 6 songs start with a simple line played on the lead guitar's bass strings - or on the bass - and therein lies the challenge Mercury will want to address in their next release: There's no questioning their talent - now they need to reach beyond the safe formula on Just The Beginning, stretch their songwriting capabilities, and throw a bit more imagination into the mix.

But they're young, and this is just the beginning. It's going to be a blast watching these guys bloom into a full-featured grungy / hard-rock / hopefully progressive outfit that just may step on a few well-placed toes.

Track Listing:

  1. Waste (4:15)
  2. Breathe (3:10)
  3. Changed (2:12)
  4. The Mellow Song (3:18)
  5. 2 Seconds (3:42)
  6. Find A Way (3:32)

Added: March 19th 2006
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: Mercury's MySpace Site (Web Site Coming Soon)
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Language: english

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Mercury: Just The Beginning
Posted by Carl on 2006-05-10 21:12:23
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Mercury's inspiration for a fact is not Nirvana. There is no one in the band that likes Nirvana. Mercury has new songs posted on their myspace site which is I suggest you check them out and keep in mind that the guitarist quit and he did those recordings with them and screwed up on purpose. Mercury at a point was a grungish but they've evolved into a more Alternative/Experimental Metal band.

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