Shot of Mercury

 

Portland Mercury Review from 1-30-13
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SHOT OF MERCURY, THE CONTROL FREAKS, I DIGRESS, SECOND PLAYER SCORE -----
(Red Room, 2530 NE 82nd) First of all, I have to give Shot of Mercury credit for their name. (Shot of Asian Reporter doesn't have quite the same ring.) Secondly, the local four-piece's new album, On the Rocks, is just plain fun, a ripping, rocking, rolling record that would have burned up the FM dial in 1981. You can tell by every note that it's purely a labor of love for the band, which makes it a refreshing change of pace from the forlorn torment that makes up many nervous debuts. Shot of Mercury includes former members of Portland bands like Stabitha, Shifft, and Treadmill, and they certainly know their way around a hooky melody and a fuzz-driven riff, not giving a fuck about genre styles or what's currently hip. Rather, they make plain old rawk that sounds good loud. Shot of Mercury aren't tortured artists, and thank goodness—they sound like a group of folks you'd love to have a few beers with.
- NED LANNAMANN