Introducing: Duke Mercury
Hailing all the way out of the bright lights and wondrous sights of Oldham, Liam Vaughan and Connor Dowd created the two sided triangular wrecking ball that is Duke Mercury. It's very easy to explain what this band do. Constant time switches, massive riffs, precise drumming, slightly surreal dark lyrics and a constant wave of noise, dynamic and downright, upright, and downright again balls equating to Duke Mercury leave you with the feeling they've just kicked down your front door and made a great big mess all over your living room wall. A mess that can stay there as far as I'm concerned, and with the release of To Build A Den, multiple massive festival slots and a truckload of momentum, the smudge expands.
Opening with the high-paced intro, you are quickly blasted into a ear catching, (as always) frantic performance from guitarist/vocalist Liam Vaughan with the verse progressing through a series of rhythmic changes between him and Connor in a particularly DM-esque turn of events up until the anthemic chorus, pushing us through to an emotional outro in which both Connor and Liams contributions become prominent. Think Cold War Kids meets Nirvana meets PABH meets epic camera advert music and you are almost 91.4% there to realising the power of the two sweaty young men assaulting your ears.
Looking forward to seeing their future shows, the bands live performance is a sweaty, relentless affair of Irish/erm.... Lancastrian energy and walls of noise and hot off the heels of Y Not festival with Snoop Dogg and more, the boys look to Leeds Festival at the end of the month capping off what has been a 'Slobber Knocker' of a summer for the two man riffzilla. Catch them while you can.
Words: Greg Dixon