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Weekly Nostalgia: Hey Mercedes

Posted by: Jeremy Aaron (01/06/10)
We've already featured Braid in the Weekly Nostalgia spotlight, and it's about time we showcase Bob Nanna's post-Braid band. Hey Mercedes would blend Braid's emo-rock passion with a touch of powerpop melody and accessibility. Their short run, spanning roughly five years, spawned three EP's and two well-loved full-lengths. 2001's Everynight Fire Works found the band navigating the delicate balance of earnestness and catharsis, while 2003's Loses Control went in a slightly more immediate direction, with what seemed like an added focus on catchy supercharged riffs, though its songs remained equally powerful. While the band may no longer be recording, fans can take solace in knowing that Nanna's muse is still alive and well, with his solo project The City on Film and his latest collaboration with HM drummer Damon Atkinson, Certain People I Know, still active. If you been missing out on Hey Mercedes's music thus far, there's no better time than now to check 'em out. Enjoy the videos and share some of your stories and memories with us in the replies.
  
 
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12:19 PM on 01/06/10
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"A-List Actress" from Everynight Fire Works (live)


"Eleven to Your Seven" from Everynight Fire Works (live)


"Quality Revenge at Last" from Loses Control
12:24 PM on 01/06/10
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I can say, with no hyperbole, that hearing this band for the first time in 2004 made me start writing music again. I almost gave up, slowly losing my passion for writing and performing, but hearing Loses Control turned everything around. Incredible album, incredible band. The only time I saw them was their (at the time) farewell show in 2005 and it remains one of the best live performances I've ever seen. Incredible incredible incredible.

Here's a better stream of the "Quality Revenge At Last" video: http://www.roxwel.com/player/heymerc... te=_700&big=1
12:31 PM on 01/06/10
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Everynight Fireworks is one of the most rewarding albums I've ever owned. It's only gotten better with age.
12:33 PM on 01/06/10
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i love hey mercedes! lyrics are great.
12:39 PM on 01/06/10
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The reunion show in Chicago this past September was worth every minute of the 13 hour drive. I love this band.
12:46 PM on 01/06/10
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Love this band. wish i could have seen them live at some point.
12:47 PM on 01/06/10
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Every time there's an article about Hey Monday I get excited, then I realise it doesn't say what I think it does.
12:49 PM on 01/06/10
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the self titled ep is without a doubt one of my favorite releases of all time. bob nanna will forever be in the top of my favorite artists.
12:52 PM on 01/06/10
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These Weekly Nostalgia articles always pick good bands.
12:52 PM on 01/06/10
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I can say, with no hyperbole, that hearing this band for the first time in 2004 made me start writing music again. I almost gave up, slowly losing my passion for writing and performing, but hearing Loses Control turned everything around. Incredible album, incredible band. The only time I saw them was their (at the time) farewell show in 2005 and it remains one of the best live performances I've ever seen. Incredible incredible incredible.

Here's a better stream of the "Quality Revenge At Last" video: http://www.roxwel.com/player/heymerc... te=_700&big=1
never actually seen that music video before. its pretty awesome haha thank you!
01:03 PM on 01/06/10
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awesome. "A List Actress" was the first song I listened to this morning on my way to work.

APREESH
01:17 PM on 01/06/10
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I was just listening to Everynight Fireworks this morning. I love how that worked out.
01:17 PM on 01/06/10
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Everynight Fireworks = One of the greatest albums ever made.
01:22 PM on 01/06/10
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january 30th -- split 7" release show for into it. over it. and bob nanna & lauren lo.

7" on evil weevil records. show is in chicago at SUBT.
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