Bands change their name, it happens all the time, what often doesn’t change is their sound. So it (largely) is with the former Mercies of Washington DC, newly named Other Factors and newly located in Brooklyn, NYC.
If you recall, they were full of raw, gritty rock energy, discordant guitars and thundering drums. Well they’ve polished themselves up a bit following the move and change of identity (to protect the innocent perhaps?) but that wild, sweaty sound still remains, crashing and smashing all that lays before it. Notably, more is made of the choruses and the hooks feel more defined and, well, hook like. You can sense that this is a band growing in maturity and that is learning to harness their undoubted skill and power. Bodes well for the future, although they describe themselves as ‘apocalyptic fun times post-punk’ so perhaps their mission is destroy the world with sound so that they can really get their party on. There are worse ways to go.
Their debut single “Spaces/Decade” (you can hear the “Spaces” element below) is available for free download, or pay what you want as it is also known.