The Mercy Now – Self Control

Band: The Mercy Now
LP: Self Control
Shot of choice: whiskey

Meet The Mercy Now, a Toronto-based rock band that, after two EPs under their belt, decided to release a massive 13-track album (available in vinyl and digital formats October 26th). Their sound mixes rock and soul, but also brings in garage, surf, and even a little blues. Self Control was produced and mixed by Ian Blurton (C’Mon) and was mostly recorded live off the floor. There is a raw sound to the album, but it is clear that these fellas worked hard to create an album that rocks hard but still touches upon their pop sensibilities.

The absolute stand-out aspect of The Mercy Now lies with their vocals, courtesy of Russell Fernandes (vocals, bass), with harmonies from Lee Rogers (drums, vocals) and Adam Burnett (guitar, vocals). Every time I thought figured out their vocals, Fernandes seemed perform vocal gymnastics to completely catch me off guard. Throughout the album, the passion in his voice is evident and I expect this to translate especially well live. Along with David Viva (guitar, keys), these guys have put together with variety, as there are songs to groove to, as well as tunes that are just completely balls out rock and roll. There are heavy, arena-sized riffs, catchy yet hard-hitting drumbeats, and vocals that will leave you completely stunned. What more can you ask for in a rock album?

Check out The Mercy Now at their Self Control release show at The Silver Dollar Room this Friday, October 22nd. I expect it to be a loud, boisterous and rockin’ show. Check them out, along with Biblical and Mad Ones. Buy them shots while you’re there!


Categories: Recorded


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