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Mecuzine - Single Review: Don’t Fire That Gun

12 Jun 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Mecuzine are a five-piece rock band from Auckland with a wealth of experience between them. Decades of performing have seen them become accomplished musicians. Each with impressive connections to bands such as Hello Sailor, National Anthem, The Cure, Shade, Child and First Base to name a few. And that is just a few. The list goes on, if I add Elvis Costello, Jan Hellriegel, Andrew Fagan and Ricky Morris, you will get a measure of the calibre of band we have here.

Described as an indie rock band, Mecuzine have just released their debut single Don’t Fire That Gun from their forthcoming album Cutting Strings.

This is a song with a profound intensity, both lyrically and instrumentally. The song writing is creative and clever; it tells a tale of revenge when pushed to breaking point. Tony Johns who is on lead vocals and also the songwriter, has a wonderfully clear strong voice. This track left me excited to hear what they have come up with on their album. Ardent and unfaltering guitar playing from Tony Johns, Tony Lumsden and Jospeh Johns compliment the vocals perfectly. Add in John Beech’s purposeful piano playing, and there is a wonderful cohesive and clear sound to this band. Experience shines through on this track. Layers of richness and depth.

There are influences possibly from The Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind I can hear filtering through Mecuzine’s sound.  This makes for a totally catchy and danceable rock track. “The Michelin Masters of music have whipped up a tantalising and unforgettable musical meal” (I don’t know who wrote that description, but it is bloody brilliant). So, consider this your Amuse-Bouche, a glimpse into the tastiness which is coming.


Sometimes the best revenge is to smile and move on, “Do I buy a gun?” You will have to listen to find out.


Review written by Corinne Rutherford

 

About Mecuzine

Mecuzine – The Band

Mecuzine delivers a high-intensity performance, that keeps their audience engaged throughout each well-polished set. Combined, the two pieces bring with them years of experience from both a live performance perspective, as well as from in the studio.
Originally a 5-piece rock band, with their new minimized line-up, Joseph and Tony had to reinvent not just how they performed their music on stage but also how they conveyed their musical ideas. Going back to their beginnings, the duo first recalled the music throughout their lives that inspired them. Next, they looked at what defines popular music in the modern world. With that in mind, they have re-imagined their own music to bridge old and new and create their own sonic sound.

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Releases

Cutting Strings
Year: 2018
Type: Album

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