domenica 1 aprile 2012
Mercy Arms "Mercy Arms"
Il mio blog si rivolge per lo più a gruppi che hanno avuto vita e fortuna negli anni '90, ma ogni tanto faccio qualche bel salto temporale in avanti per parlare di gruppi quasi recenti o quantomeno degli anni 2000.
In questo caso vado a segnalare il disco degli australiani Mercy Arms, che nel 2008 pubblicarono un disco magnifico a dire poco.
Già la copertina la dice lunga, con quell'attitudine quasi alla Cure.
Riverberi alla MBV, melodie alla Smiths, il tutto miscelato con attitudine moderna e un batterista che sapeva veramente il fatto suo.
Disco d'esordio, usito dopo ep e singoli, che risulterà anche essera anche l'unico album, visto che l'anno dopo il gruppo si scioglierà.
Non bisogna che questo disco passi sotto silenzio! Se non li conoscevate, beh, preparatevi a fare un nuovo spazio tra i vostri gruppi preferiti, il nome Mercy Arms vi comparirà sicuramente! (2008 autoproduzione)
It’s easy to talk about the Mercy Arms image and forget about their music. Their penchant for elaborate fashions and a reel of constantly changing press photos has overshadowed music that failed to deliver on the promises we were spun.
For a while it seemed that the Sydney quartet were to be condemned to a similar fate bestowed upon many of their fellow harbourside-dwelling brethren like The Lost Valentinos, Ghostwood and Van She, all of who were flailing in a sea of exaggerated hype.
Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that the silver spoon fell from the mouth of the Mercy Arms. Once signed to a multi-million dollar deal with Capitol, label reshuffling and the general shrinking of the industry claimed the band as a victim, and their record deal fell by the wayside.
With no one to help them, the Mercy Arms opted to go it independently, enlisting the help of the drug-addled, producer du jour of Australia post punk Tony Cohen to aid them in bringing their self-titled debut to fruition.
There’s nothing pretty about the Mercy Arms’ electric, self-titled offering. From Kirin J. Callinan’s trilled leads that slice like a rusty shiv through the reverb-drenched opener ‘Down Here, Too Long’ to Julian Sudek’s thunderous drums on ‘Speed’, nothing is overly polished in a mix that defies modern conventions. But that’s not to say that Mercy Arms isn’t a beautiful album. The songwriting skill evident on ‘Half Right’ and ‘Kilby’, a subtle ode to The Church, is evidence of the foundations that the Mercy Arms’ reputation has been built on.
Callinan is an antipodean Johnny Marr in Patrick Wolf’s clothing, while Thom Moors plays the part of Morrissey, a poetic and self-assured frontman. The Smiths are but one reference point of Mercy Arms, an album that owes as much to Cohen’s Eighties alumni as it does to one of the greatest ever exponents of reverb, My Bloody Valentine.
Housing only ten tracks, Mercy Arms demonstrates a band with a clear and concise vision. If there was ever a record to take the focus off Callinan’s flamboyant outfits, this would be it. (Dom Alessio - http://www.thevine.com.au)
- Down Here, So Long
- Half Right
- To Me Now
- Shine A Light Down
- Firing Line
- On & On