DUKES OF HILLSBOROUGH / THE MERCURY LEAGUE: Abandon All Hope: Split 7”

The Mercury League: the post-Epitaph sound but played with youthful fervor instead of a desire to remain relevant fifteen years after the fact. The double wanking guitar attack may be brain numbing, but they’re definitely played proficiently. And the fact that all four of the band members spend a good portion of their side of the 7” with singing time creates quite the wall of sound. Dukes of Hillsborough: the gruff, the hell-raising, the Dukes. Like a seedier, heavier Billy Reese Peters, they bring the rock but with a certain amount of grime and dirt that just smacks of TampaBay.

 –Daryl Gussin (Accident Prone)