Hey Mercedes / The Reunion Show / Sarcasm

Hey Mercedes/The Reunion Show/Sarcasm: live in Hartfordlive in Hartford (2004)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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The University of Hartford hosted this free show at one of its cafés - in another words, a tiny area and an eight-foot high ceiling creating a nice, intimate atmosphere. Sometimes She Burns opened the whole thing. Emotional rock with punk leanings, they sounded pretty energetic and coordinated.

The University of Hartford hosted this free show at one of its cafés - in another words, a tiny area and an eight-foot high ceiling creating a nice, intimate atmosphere.

Sometimes She Burns opened the whole thing. Emotional rock with punk leanings, they sounded pretty energetic and coordinated considering it was their second show that day, having played at Day 3 of the All About Records Fest in Massachusetts earlier in the day. Their cover of "The Brews" sounded tight.

Brookside came on with a revamped lineup, but alas, the question plagued me - would Lisa Simpson cure herself of the newfound jealousy over her baby sister's 174 IQ? Well, after we all watched on the café's big screen TV that Lisa was feeding Maggie answers at the school's audition, I headed back to watch the rest of their set. I don't think the The Starting Line-ripoffs have settled into being a three-piece yet (they dropped one of their guitarists), because the singer/guitarist had his amp turned up waaay too loud.

Anyway, Sarcasm took the stage shortly thereafter. Their sound was that of a hard and heavy form of emo rock, with occasional screams. Most of the songs were straddling the border of mediocrity, but a couple were pretty good. The vocals were entirely too mushy and indecipherable for my liking, though.

It was then time for The Reunion Show. Less than half the set were made up of songs not on the upcoming album, Don't Cut Your Fabric To This Year's Fashion, but at least the new songs were enjoyable and varied - some bring up that Cure influence that's been plaguing every band on Long Island, and others are happy-sounding and uptempo. They opened things up with "Full Moon" to a pretty statuesque crowd, save for myself. Two new songs, "Photograph" and "Instructions For Making a Model Airplane," followed. The sound of the small space sounded rather hollow, but they stayed energetic and focused. Besides "Television," "Art of Nothing," and two other new songs, the most noteworthy song played was the title track off the upcoming full-length. It has very Egyptian-esque keyboards, and a breakdown involving around half the band contaminating the air with electronics. Overall, a solid set.

Now, before I begin, I have to admit that I am not at all familiar with Braid's material, and I've only heard a song or two from the subsequent band. I'll even go so far as to say that Bob Nanna's voice irks me a bit on the studio recordings. That being said, Hey Mercedes puts on a great live show. Bob leads the charge beautifully, with spectacular energy and passion, even dancing it up himself, and to me at least, smoothes out the vocals wonderfully. The drummer works with his weird setup perfectly, commanding the backdrop. All the songs had a pretty consistent tempo and caused quite a few knee-shakers in the room. Bob also chatted a bit to catch breathers, like expressing his distaste for DeSani bottled water due to its salt content, and denying the drummer's recollection of the band playing the same place five years ago. I was definitely surprised at how much I enjoyed myself, and would absolutely recommend seeing them even if you aren't familiar with them at all.

Set List [from the paper and accurate except for the last song, which wasn't played]


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Anonymous (February 27, 2004)

.... who?

poopypants (February 27, 2004)

wow, an 11 song set for a headlining band??? watch out for these guys, looks like they really put out for their fans.they might have played for 40 whole minutes!!!

Anonymous (February 27, 2004)

No "Playing Your Song?" Fuck this band!

Anonymous (February 27, 2004)

syrah is an americanized rip off of shiraz (the austrailian wine).

they're essentially the same thing...just in different places.

syrah is a tad bit lighter on the palate.

Anonymous (February 26, 2004)

Yes, we're cousins.


Anonymous (February 26, 2004)

i remember ina and thrice saying something about being cousins, or somthing like that, right? if my memory's completely off please correct me

Anonymous (February 26, 2004)

anyone that appreciates music will be an instant fan of a hey mercedes live show. absolutely amazing they are.

poopypants (February 26, 2004)

i really couldnt care less about hey mercedes. and you are all gay emo fags.

Anonymous (February 26, 2004)

man you sure know a lot about inagreendase thriceequalsgod. you're a homo.

Anonymous (February 26, 2004)

Ahhh... as "Thriceequalsgod" has pointed out, "InaGreenDase" has only been in Little Rhodie this year and therefore wasn't there last year for the legendary Bigwig/Bosstones show. C'est la Vie. This score is for a Rhode Island that didn't get to see that show.

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

This score is for Bob Nanna writing a song about wine! Que Shiraz!!! I prefer the Syrah myself... none of that cheap Aussie stuff.. but to each his own.

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

this score is for ur mom

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

hes only in his first year of college, so hes only been there since fall 2003..


Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

if you're going to school in providence, did you happen to see the bigwig/bosstons show in the fall of 2002? that shit was fucking awesome. (only providence story i have worth telling). this score is for that show, primarily bigwig's set.

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

Thats when you just rip their shoes off.


notfeelingcreative (February 24, 2004)

This score is for the stage divers at last nights strike anyhwere/fifth hour hero show!

Anonymous (February 24, 2004)

Thank you Marlon, for understanding the question and being probably right.

Anonymous (February 24, 2004)

this score is for spongebob square pants

gatecrasher (February 24, 2004)

score is for Dasani water

inagreendase (February 24, 2004)

I go to college at Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI, but I live at home on Long Island.

sk8punx4evr (February 24, 2004)


where do you live?

InSpaceWithAKnife (February 24, 2004)

I dunno.
I saw the Reunion Show a while ago in Denver w/Recover and their live set was so damn energetic. Too bad they can't do it for me in their studio projects.


Marlon (February 24, 2004)

I think "Dilone" is Go on Drone and "Bust" Might be It's been a blast. And yes Bob's handwriting is atrocious.

rhythm (February 24, 2004)

me? i'm a mog. half man, half dog.

oh great, a druish princess.

inagreendase (February 24, 2004)

You assume right, Kelly.

Sorry, Bob's handwriting is a bit sloppy. I tried to make it out as best I could.

thriceequalsgod (February 24, 2004)

i'm assumnig that was the Hey Mercedes setlist??

Anonymous (February 24, 2004)


What songs are "BUST" "BENS" and "DILONE" the rest are figure-out-able?

BENS could be Bells written sloppily...meh.

Anonymous (February 24, 2004)

obey your first.

drink sprite.

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