Hey Mercedes / Armor For Sleep / Panic In Detroit

Hey Mercedes / Armor For Sleep / Panic In Detroit: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2003)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: TheBouncingSoulTheBouncingSoul
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So last night (3/2/02), I decided to brave an unseasonably cold night, and the notoriously unpredictable Chicago traffic, and drive in to The Metro to see Hey Mercedes. The Opening bands for the show were The Silent Treatment, Panic In Detroit, and Armor for Sleep. I was the 5th dork in line, .

So last night (3/2/02), I decided to brave an unseasonably cold night, and the notoriously unpredictable Chicago traffic, and drive in to The Metro to see Hey Mercedes. The Opening bands for the show were The Silent Treatment, Panic In Detroit, and Armor for Sleep.

I was the 5th dork in line, so that meant that I got a primo spot up front for the show. First band up was The Silent Treatment, a piano driven pop rock band hailing from Chicago. This being their hometown, they had a few friends in attendance, and had a few people singing along to the lyrics. I enjoyed their set alot actually, and i'll look for them in the future, good band.

Next up was Panic in Detroit, a straight up rock band from Texas. Despite having a guitar player that resembled an emo Rick Moranis, they ended up being my favorite of the opening bands. They had, like I said, a more straight up rock feel than the other bands on the bill. If I had to compare them to anybody, i'd say they reminded me of The Stereo, but with alot more edge. They had great stage energy, and their guitars sounded outstanding. I got home and downloaded a couple songs, but they fell a bit short to thier live show, probably due to low budget recording, but in the future, look out for these guys, they have alot of potential.

Next up was Armor For Sleep. I was a bit disappointed in their set, i'd heard so many good things coming in about them. It may have been due to the singer being sick, and throwing up all day, but they just seemed a bit empty to me. I don't remember one thing from their set, it was a blur. I'll have to catch them again on a better night, then maybe i can get a better judgement.

Now, onto the band that the 400 or so people gathered at The Metro were there for, Hey Mercedes. This being my 4th time seeing them, I basically knew what to expect, but I still went in with high expectations. Say what you want about them being boring live, but the fact is that every time that i've seen them, they've gotten better and better, both musically, and stage presence wise. They played the songs that have been staples in their sets for a long time now, songs like "Eleven to Your Seven", "A-List Actress", and "Every Turn", but the guys also featured 5 or so new songs, all of which sounded outstanding. They seem to be a bit faster in tempo, with a bit more interplay with background vocals with Todd and Mike. All in all, great show, great way to spend a Sunday Evening. A fun time was had by all that attended.

Hey Mercedes setlist, not including the 5 new songs:

Eleven to Your Seven (opener)
Every Turn
A-List Actress
Haven't Been This Happy
Que Shiraz
Our Weekend Starts on Wednesday

Stay Six
Lets Go Blue


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Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

amazing on their record and even better at the show.....Braid was a great band...but you need to get on with you fucking life, they are not going to get back togther, and Hey mercedes is the band we are left with and i feel we are better for that.

Anonymous (March 13, 2003)

no frowning of a lifetime? thanks a lot.

TheBouncingSoul (March 13, 2003)

oh yeah, because there isn't a cooler movie star around right now than rick moranis...

sk8punx4evr (March 13, 2003)

way to namedrop, bouncingsoul. ohhhh yeah, rick moranis, im so hip!!! rick fucking moranis.

carb (March 11, 2003)

I saw this same show a couple weeks ago in Toronto - and I agree completely with the reviewers comments. Panic in Detroit definately surprised everyone, Armour for Sleep had good instrumentals, bad vocals, and Hey Mercedes definately wowed the crowd.

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

I think Braid should get back together. How does someone go from a fairly inovative band like Braid to something as plain as Hey Mercedes? Not that they suck or anything, but I just don't get it.

TheBouncingSoul (March 11, 2003)

hmm, can't say i believe you about them covering a braid song, i don't think they do that...

pope_schlomo (March 11, 2003)

I saw HM/ATS/and Breaking Pangaea last month. BP did a short version of Micheal Jackson's "human nature." Plus the bassist was wearing a Weakerthan's T (bonus points). Bob Nanna is a very cool person and HM even covered a Braid song or two(I forget). A great show it was.


Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

i was tehre, AFS was great, i think they are from outerspace, they aer so werid! but they rule.. Hey Mercedes. LACKS alot, why do they bore me so much

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

Good review....HM rock my socks...Thanks again for RA...Tomorrow night bro!!

Geetarchick (March 11, 2003)

Nice review. I wanted to go to this show.. silent treatment is pretty good, i have their EP. I'll have to look into Panic in Detroit.. i dig the stereo alot so hopefully these guys wont disappoint. As for Armor For Sleep.. i think they lack oomph in their music.. like its just missing something.. like backup vocals or something. otherwise good stuff. hey mercedes = sweet.

TenderBransonX (March 11, 2003)

Hey mercedes are cool. They are down with the amiracole. You should be too.

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