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Even their own press materials don't give these guys enough credit. Their online profile calls their sound a "new wave of pop rock music," which could mean almost anything. But in just five short tracks, the quintet from Greensboro, NC, shows promise as heir to the pop-punk throne. They do so with a quirky formula of 2000s dance rock and '80s pop culture references (Back to the Future and The Cosby Show, anyone?). This might seem like a cheap attraction to fans of Eleventyseven, Family Force 5, Relient K, and Fountains of Wayne. But Mercy Mercedes' ability to make their cheeky, buoyant rock sound fresh is their golden ticket to stardom — kinda like Metro Station and White Tie Affair meet Anberlin. The only perceivable shortcoming is when frontman Nate Smith puts a little too much Billie Joe in his voice. But other than that occasional attempt to mimic Green Day, Mercy Mercedes triumph with this brief debut.


Formed: Greenboro, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Based in Greensboro, NC, Mercy Mercedes was a five-piece outfit that specialized in an uptempo, frenetic, new wave-y style of pop/rock that quickly won them a great deal of fan support and -- eventually -- an indie record deal. After honing their skills on tour, the band recorded and released an EP, Casio Rodeo, which sold well online. The buzz that the group was building soon led to a deal -- with The Militia Group -- which...
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