Mercutio– Chaos is King – EP Review

Title track ‘Chaos is King’ is an unadulterated rush of catchy guitar melody and rhythmic drumming.  The urgency of the message is carried through solid vocals that melt over the blazing tune with a charismatic and speedy Scottish lilt.  This is a get-up-and-get-on type of song.   There is no time for ruminating on the inevitable tower moments that life throws at individuals but the power is in connecting with others, creating positive from negative, and keeping that chaos in check. 

‘Alex’ has a bereft yet reassuring heartfelt quality.  It’s an interesting and compelling song with lyrics to match and the emotion and volume build throughout with an extra-terrestrial chorus that gets somewhat lodged in the human brain.  ‘The Ghost That is You’ full of love and torment, is a slower track again.  It has an electric-acoustic feel to start and the vocals take center stage, this time with the added addition of female vocals (cue Jodie Steele.)  Full of duets and great harmonies they’re fighting for this together.  This band is undeniably tight.

Perhaps the most prominent track on the EP, ‘Terraferma’ combines a more electronic approach with a striking voice which is reminiscent of Pulp in places, though the Muse-like influences are stark in this one.  A little over half way through, the vocal effects are akin to an almost chanting hell-choir, then just like that BOOM, cut, it has ended.

An EP full of ubiquitous atmosphere with lyrics that are thought-provokingly poetic and vocals that merge into instrumental sounds in all the right places.  You will want to listen on repeat.  Chaos is King EP is released Thursday 10th December 2020.

 

Review: Suzi Bootz

 

Tracklist:

Chaos Is King

Alex

Terraferma

The Ghost That Is You

 

Mercutio are:

Vocals: Ross William Wild

Guitar: Fabio Staffieri

Drums: Francesco Lucidi

 

Find out more at: http://mercutio.me

 

Catch them as main support for Inglorious UK Tour across April and May 2021:

Thurs 22nd April Engine Rooms, Southampton UK

Fri 23rd April Sin City, Swansea UK

Sat 24th April Phoenix, Exeter UK

Sun 25th April Junction, Plymouth UK

Tues 27th April Guildhall, Gloucester UK

Wed 28th April Thekla, Bristol UK

Sat 1st May Picture Dome, Holmfirth UK

Sun 2nd May Nightrain, Bradford UK

Tues 4th May Cathouse, Glasgow UK

Thurs 6th May Academy, Manchester UK

Fri 7th May Tivoli, Buckley UK

Sun 9th May Arts Loft, Liverpool

Mon 10th May Brudenell, Leeds UK

Tues 11th May Rock City, Newcastle UK

Wed 12th May The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent UK

Fri 14th May The Asylum Venue, Birmingham UK

Sat 15th May Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes

Sun 16th May Waterfront, Norwich UK

Tues 18th May Chalk, Brighton UK

Wed 19th May ULU Live, London UK

For up-to-date gig and ticket news please see http://mercutio.me

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