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“Existential Indie-lounge steered by soft spiraling Guitar Pop, the debut 7″ from Mercury 13 strengthens the subcultural pillar of Merseyside`s musical confidence.”
“Existential Indie-lounge steered by soft spiraling Guitar Pop, the debut 7″ from Mercury 13 strengthens the subcultural pillar of Merseyside`s musical confidence.
Without regressing too far back to Liverpool`s chart dominating past, bands like Echo & The Bunnymen, The La`s, Cast and The Coral were drawing similar influences from decades of outstanding musical styles – Mercury 13 is ensuring the local music scene is still in very capable hands. Recent press has been positive, the fabulous Liverpool Echo exclaims “Searchlight` is a softly-sung, brass-infused tale of escapism with a corking brass” & “The flipside’s `Again Again Again` is a characteristic slice of Merseybeat pop complete with nifty Hammond“. I`ve featured the B side audio stream below purely on it`s warm production and cool sustained grandeur -You`ll not find a more irresistible use of four minutes this week.
“Another lost lament from the classic Liverpool canon.
Liverpool has a long history of dusky lost laments, let's hope Mercury 13 don't join that lineage as this lot deserve to be heard.
They came across our radar earlier this year at the Pat Nevin-curated gig at the Black-E. Amid an understated early evening set they offered glimpses of subtlety and craft which marks them out against a backdrop of also-ran guitar bands and the fruits of which are on show on their debut double A-side single.
Searchlight is a softly-sung, brass-infused tale of escapism with a corking brass-infused middle-eight which bleeds into the refrain 'meet me at the shipyard gates at five-o'clock today...'
The flipside's Again Again Again is a characteristic slice of Merseybeat pop complete with nifty Hammond and Mick and John Head-like 'do-do-do' refrains which should find milkmen everywhere whistling along.
Mercury 13's single launch is at Studio 2, Parr Street”
““On the fringe, I went down to The Zanzibar and saw Mercury 13. They’re fantastic, like Paul Weller meets Fleet Foxes. There’s some great music coming out of Liverpool at the moment and Mercury 13 are one of the best."”
"Mercury 13, one of the best new bands to come out of the city in years. Their songs ‘Nothing Here I'd Change’ and ‘Searchlight’ have had the city singing since they played a session for Dave Monks on Radio Merseyside.
"New hotly-tipped Scouse combo 'Mercury 13'... Seen them live a few times, and been well impressed. Three tracks, here, 'Searchlight', 'The Black Sea', and 'Nothing Here I'd Change', and a thing of beauty they are too. Hey, if I wasn't married, and if I was chasing after a lady, I could do worse than send her 'Searchlight'. A stunning Liverpool Love Song, this, with a nod to the Pale Fountains, and it's refrain of "get my searchlight set up to go and find a girl like you' has been sending shivers down my spine recently. Again, another superb band who we recommend, and we insist you drop everything NOW and head to www.facebook.com/mercury13music or www.myspace.com/Mercury13"
"Opening act 'Mercury 13' played to a sizeable and appreciative audience. I'd seen this band a couple of times previously, and never failed to have been impressed. Tonight was no exception, and their 5 or 6 song acoustic-driven set got the evening off to a great start."
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