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Hey Mercedes
Hey Mercedes EP
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Remember Braid!? Of course you do. Remember the power and punch, the intelligence and fragility? Remember the desparation and honesty of Bob Nanna's vocals? How could you forget? Well, just in case you have, Hey Mercedes is a sound reminder (pun inteneded). Maybe the fact that the band is comprised of three former Braidsters. Bob Nanna is up to his old tricks on the mic, while the rythmn section of Todd and Damon toil away behind Bob and newcomer Mark Dawursk's wall of guitars. This four song EP plays like a Braid record, but is recorded and produced at a higher level. The songs naturally flow and capture the essence of what was Braid, now known as Hey Mercedes. Many times when a group disbands, and some of it's members stay together, the resulting sound may be much different from the original. Maybe intentionally so, or maybe one of the creative elements changed with the loss or gain of musicians. Whatever the case might be, Hey Mercedes sound very much like Braid, and you can thank God for that, if you like. The sound that had been honed and churned out by the previous four can now be cultivated and grow to maturity under the careful supervision of the biggest part of it's creator. The "new kid" on the guitar, who is not new at all (having played in Alligator Gun and Compound Red), has, and will undoubtedly continue to contribute his own flare to the lines of the new songs. I look forward to a full length from these guys.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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