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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
Hey Mercedes
The Weekend EP
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Most of the songs on Hey Mercedes' four-song EP The Weekend - a single featuring the track "Our Weekend Starts on Wednesday" - are bonus tracks recorded during the J. Robbins' sessions that spawned 2001's much delayed Vagrant debut, Everynight Fire Works. The other three songs on The Weekend EP - two of which were previously released as bonus tracks on the Japanese version of Everynight Fire Works - fall in line with the catchy-as-hell, adrenaline-boosting, post-punk of Hey Mercedes. Relative to Everynight Fire Works, the songs on The Weekend EP are good (including the hidden track, a cover of When In Rome's "The Promise") but they do not, however, call into question their B-side status. Releasing this EP is a good move on the part of Vagrant to re-introduce the punchy anthem "Our Weekend Starts On Wednesday" in an effort to get Hey Mercedes up and running on the mainstream highway with label mates Saves The Day and Dashboard Confessional. It's a crime that Hey Mercedes isn't all over the television and radio (not even in Champaign, a town they helped put on the map as Braid). As for The Weekend (which also features cover photos in the new Hey Mercedes theme by Urbana-native Chris Strong), those seeking the biggest bang for your buck should stick with Everynight Fire Works, as this EP isn't really worth the asking price, but fans of Hey Mercedes or Braid, Jimmy Eat World, Thank You Tifani, Thursday, or New Found Glory should check it out.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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