The Memphis quartet Mercy’s Web make their debut with a surprisingly mature and well-crafted four-track EP. Although the band has been together in various forms for ten years now, they’ve only been serious about business for the last year or so, and as such, this is a pretty promising release, showing solid potential. Mercy’s Web play pretty straightforward, guitar-based college rock in the vein of Goo Goo Dolls or the Wallflowers, but with enough hooks to earn them a reputation of their own. It’s not an entirely convincing affair for sure, but both “Swashbuckle” and “Song of No Name” are captivating enough to earn the guys some rotation, and vocalist Shane Harkness has a good voice for this kind of material. The production by Jack Holder is good, with the right amount of controlled rawness added; but this still sounds like the demo it is, and the guys could do worse than to get this one properly mastered. Other than that, there’s no reason why fans of Nineties college rock shouldn’t check out this young and hugely promising lot.
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