MERCURY CROWE: Set Your Mind To Fly
By John Carroll
A band that has a MySpace page boasting 564 Billion friends must be doing something right. And while generating a figure of fans that is roughly 100 times the current population of the world suggests some sort of supernatural carry on must have been involved in the marketing for the new album ‘Set Your Mind to Fly’, the album goes some way to prove that there is more to it than psychic mediums and ouiji boards. One possible contributor to the success of the band is the amount of fun they seem to have with the music, the album opening up with laughter in the studio. Mercury Crowes’ genre of choice is best described as a pot pouri of electric blues, classic rock and gospel, genres that, with the success of bands like Kings of Leon on our shores, resonate within the current generation of music listeners as much as generations past. A big feature on this collection is the interplay of musicians. Guitarist Hamish Mckoy channels countless blues and rock legends with his faultlessly emotive playing, vocalist Allan Mansfield plays a fine hand as vocal focal point, bassist Rowan Clark regularly wanders with impressive execution as the perfect foil to the guitars while drummer Nick George holds down the fort with authoritative playing. Where the album really wins is in the way all the parts bleed together in a cohesive rock sound, and there isn’t a tone out of place. Highly recommended for fans of New Zealand rock.