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Mercury Crowe

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‘Set Your Mind to Fly’ - the new album from Wellington’s Mercury Crowe was released in May 2009 to over 600 eagerly awaiting fans in both Auckland and Wellington. Recorded mainly live over three days, the self-produced album sinks comfortably into a range of styles - spanning filthy blues riffs, Beatles-esque harmonies, story telling ballads and foot stomping rock. It also marks a new rough-edged sound for the Crowe who wanted to convey the energy and space of their live shows on the new album.

The nine-track album credits song-writing from all four band members and features long time collaborator Ed Zuccollo (Harbour City Electric) on Hammond Organ, and the phenomenal Lisa Tomlins (Fat Freddies Drop, Hollie Smith) singing backing vocals. It’s a big step forward from their debut e.p ‘Mercury Crowe’ (2007) and, while both were similarly produced, mixed and designed by the band themselves; it’s clear the year-and-a-half between was spent honing their craft from the stage. The result is nine well delivered, road tested, sing-able rock n roll songs.


'They are young, talented, their live show is on fire, and they are up-and-coming in the best sense of the phrase.’ - aucklandlivemusic.co.nz

‘The epitome of a hard working band.’ – Mike Chunn

‘Damn good songs.’ – Salient

‘Honest rock music with an exciting live performance.’ – muzic.net.nz

Band Members:
Allan Mansfield (vocals, guitar)
Hamish McKoy (guitar, vocals)
Rowan Clark (bass, vocals)
Nick George (drums, vocals)

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  • Wellington


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  • The Game

    Taken from our new album 'Set Your Mind to Fly'
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  • Pandora

    Pandora is taken from our new album 'Set Your Mind to Fly'
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  • Carolina

    Carolina is taken from our self produced EP and was featured on The Rock's 'Off The Record' program earlier in the year.
    Download Now [Size: 5.73MB | 5:00 | 160kbps]

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Salient Review for 'Set Your Mind to Fly'
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:16 am
Mercury Crowe – Set Your Mind To Fly

Mercury Crowe are a straight-ahead rock band. They are straight ahead, though, not in that their songs lack inventiveness or freshness, but in the sense that they clearly just want to write good tunes. That’s it. That’s what they’re about. Don’t expect to see them in Mighty Mighty on a Saturday evening doodling away at a synthesiser while wearing stovepipe jeans, or flairs, or whatever the hell it is those indie hipster kids wear these days. No, Mercury Crowe aren’t particularly keen on following trends, playing retro tunes, or fitting in to any particular musical style; they simply want to write interesting, bluesy, memorable rock songs. And they are memorable; they’re damn good songs.

Set Your Mind to Fly is their second release, the first being eponymously titled, and the difference between the two recordings is stark. Mercury Crowe was, to be fair, a perfectly enjoyable piece of music, but that’s about it. In the two years since its release, the band has played a whole lot of gigs (more than fifty in 2008 alone) and written a bunch of new songs, and they’ve certainly got their shit together. The weakest song on Set Your Mind to Fly beats the strongest from their first recording easily, while the best really hits the spot and then some. Stand-outs from the album include ‘Pandora,’ a catchy-as-swine flu ballad that will get in your head and stay there, ‘When the Red Light’s Gone’ (with Ed Zuccollo of Harbour City Electric guesting on the organ, and the phenomenally prolific Lisa Tomlins on back-up vocals), and the damn fine ‘The Game.’

To be fair, not every track on the album is a king-hit winner. But, in order to write this review, I absolutely thrashed this CD for two days straight, and, remarkably, I’m not even close to putting it away on my shelf – I think it’ll be staying in my stereo for some time to come. This, I should perhaps mention, is unusual for me. In short, at the very least I suggest checking these young men out live when you get the opportunity (if this year’s gig schedule is anything like 2008’s this shouldn’t be a problem at all), or, better yet, grab a copy of their beautifully designed, screen-printed and hand-assembled new album.

Michael Hemmingsen – Salient May 2009

 

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