Merges is an alternative rock band from Raleigh, NC comprised of Diego Fonseca (vocals), Adam Hudson (guitar), Chris King (bass) and Phillip Harrington (drums). The band which formed less than a year ago already has found time to release a three-song entitled EP showcasing some of their songs.
They are a fun, energetic rock band. The topics are easy to understand and the music is well executed. They start off with “Yell it Out” which is a mix between funk and rock. Everyone in the band holds it down but I have to admit I was really attracted to that bass line during the verse. On top of that the vocal melody is catchy and I had it rolling though my mind upon the second listen.
Up next is “See You Around” which felt like a more straight alternative song. The funk is replaced with a more cerebral, thought-provoking quality. I thought the song was well structured. The band doesn't waste time moving about from verse to chorus and in between. I have to give more kudos to the bassist and pianist for the jazzy fills.
“Way You Taste” seemed like the most single worthy song on the batch. The chorus pops the first time you hear it and I could imagine this song getting radio play.
The recording definitely veers towards a well put together demo but I can’t say it's something I would expect from a commercial release coming from a professional studio. Suffice it to say that’s one of the areas I’m sure the band will probably focus on if they are hoping to compete with well known bands.
I’d say Merges is off to a great start. They have technical/creative talent and I expect to be hearing more from them soon. I’d keep an ear on them.
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