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The Mercury Stars

"Catastrophe is No Cause For Alarm" CD


Genres: indie rock

Mar 14 - 20 2005

This limited edition release offers a seven-song glimpse of The Mercury Stars, an NYC-based indie rock act with an eye for passionate, structurally-unconventional songs.  There are six originals here, as well as a version of Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon"; the band's own songs are dark and gradual, requiring multiple listens to fully "bloom" and show off their true catchiness, while the cover is relatively standard fare.  "Just Below The Surface Lies Something Thicker Than Water" is an exemplary Mercury Stars track; it is an emotional, dramatic song that seems to combine emo with equal parts Low and The Decemberists.  The brooding "They Don't Know" is one of the better tracks, but it's the opening song, "There's Continual Safety In Numbers," that takes the cake; its rolling, almost invigorating sound has a really nice vibe to it.  Overall, some of this record falls a bit flat, but The Mercury Stars seem to have the sound and style to make things work in the future.  If their songs were just a bit catchier, this band could be a force to be reckoned with. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]