Appearing as an opening act for emo-rock headliners Saves the Day, Vagrant Records rookies Hey Mercedes stepped onto the stage of the Trocadero last Monday and Tuesday nights to alas, a rather unenthusiastic crowd.
Fighting violently against the opening band stereotype of “just another act between doors and the band on the ticket,” Hey Mercedes attacked their music as a tightly knit ensemble with much energy and enthusiasm. Advocating tunes from their recent release Everynight Fireworks, the band rocked a solid set for nearly a half-hour, but unfortunately, lacked the special quality that makes for a memorable experience.
Hey Mercedes’ performance conveyed a very scripted feel, with almost rehearsed movements, synchronous punk rock head bobs, and tunes that would have been just as enjoyable in your CD player at home.
Everything about them, while not necessarily “bad,” was simply nothing new or exciting; a seemingly very “standard” show that left its audience wanting more. This band hasn’t yet reached the caliber that would allow them to carry their own headlining tour.
Fortunately enough, the evening’s headliners Saves the Day delivered an incredible performance rounding out the evening with poppy sing-a-longs and a soaring rock sound, redeeming my faith in emo-rock.