Daisyhead / Have Mercy - Split
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Record Label: No Sleep/Topshelf
Both Daisyhead and Have Mercy have some pretty bright futures. After they both released their debuts last year to generally good reviews, they’re already back with a great split to introduce them to each other’s audiences. And what an introduction it is.
Daisyhead opens the split with “Dishonest,” a five-minute kick to the throat. It shows that there’s more to the band than the Balance and Composure comparisons brought on them with their I Couldn’t Face You EP, with a chorus oddly similar to something off of Between the Heart and the Synapse and a subdued bridge that lets listeners hear the band’s less abrasive side. “Wonder” follows down that path as well, with a hushed, almost poppy intro – but it doesn’t last long. A minute and a half in, the band lets loose and the shouting starts. It calms down again for a female vocals to sing a verse, then goes back to the loud, intense chorus. These two tracks are better than nearly everything off of their debut, and I for one can’t wait to hear a full-length from them.
Have Mercy continues down the same path they started on their LP The Earth Pushed Back, and everybody already knows how I felt about that record. “Pete Rose and Babe Ruth” is a wonderful slice of emotive indie rock in the vein of I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child with rougher vocals, as the band goes absolutely crazy during the last chorus after a subtle three minute crescendo. It ends with an unnecessary fifty seconds of feedback, which bleeds straight into “Pawn Takes Rook,” the gruffer and more bitter of the two; the emotional apex of the track laments that “I’m a terrible man/it’s ingrained in my genes/but it doesn’t mean shit to me” as all the music drops out from under the straining vocals. Have Mercy doesn’t stray too far from their roots here – instead they hone their skills.
Actually, both bands are honing their skills. If you’ve never listened to either band before, there’s hardly a better place to start than here. Both bands bring some of their best – impressive, given the quality of their respective debuts. If this is indicative of where they’re both going next, consider me stoked.
I loved Have Mercy's full length and I love their songs on here. Never listened to Daisyhead before this but on first listen, I thought they sounded like a Balance & Composure clone but after a couple more listens, I really love their tracks. I'll be looking forward to new music from both bands. Good review too. Short and to the point, just how I like them.
I love the earth pushed back, and these songs just build on that. Have mercy could quickly become one of my favorite bands if their next full length is up to par. Absolutely love their songs on this split.