RVG are an Australian band, kicking off their career of recordings with a tight eight-song debut set. A Quality Of Mercy was recorded at the group’s favourite Melbourne venue, a pub called The Tote, and the flavour of old pub rock is certainly mixed in here, along with more angular influences. Vinyl release, courtesy of Fat Possum.
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It's pointless. No Australian band is going to be as good as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever but I don't blame RVG for trying and they do a much different thing anyway so there's no comparison.
The first thing I noted is how much the singer sounds like Marc Almond. It's quite uncanny. This Almond like croon sits on top of some classic sounding indie rock which takes it's cues from the Velvet Underground and Television. There's a 'classic era' songwriter thing going here beyond the scratchiness. 'Cause and Effect' causes me to throw in a way obscure comparison....St Christopher. It sounds very much like one of Glenn Melia's carefully constructed pop miniatures. It's all quite dramatic, 'IBM' recalls those early Go Betweens 'Send Me a Lullaby' tracks where they didn't quite get the balance between dark lyricism and plaintive guitar pop.
And I don't think RVG are quite there yet but 'A Quality of Mercy' is a promising debut and easily shows enough to suggest the band could soon follow in the footsteps of Nick Cave, The Triffids and the Apartments.
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