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Free Download: Other Factors – “Spaces/Decade”

18 Jul

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.

UK Premiere: Mercies – This Is Not About Control EP

3 Apr

Remember Stout Cortez? We featured his most recent, Illuminator produced, single a couple of weeks ago. Well the man behind the cosmic ‘avant electronic indie pop’ is back, but this time Justin Hunter Scott is rocking out as the bassist for the much more earthbound Mercies and Alphabet Bands is pleased to present the UK premiere of their latest EP, This Is Not About Control.

Accompanied by the guitar sounds and vocals of John Russell and the skin thumping skills of Ezra Finney, this three piece from Washington DC, described themselves to us as being “heavily influenced by post punk”. Makes sense, the indie rock showcased on this, their second EP, is discordant and intimidating in places, harmonious and undeniably infectious in others. Indeed, title track “This Is Not About Control” encapsulates all such qualities has no right to be as catchy as it is.

All three tracks have a raw and gritty energy and you can’t help but see the band rocking the hell out in your mind as you listen. We bet live shows are an absolute blast. If you like your indie rock a little rough and ready, you’ll love this.

If you like This Is Not About Control”, why not pick up their debut EP for the bargain price of just $1?