After discovering that members of Merel are in Rye Coalition, I made an effort to get into them. I ordered Hee Saw Dhuh Kaet from Gern Blandsten, and then came home soon after to find a box strewn across the driveway, ripped into shreds by my puppy dog. Within the scraps was the lp. The cover was torn, and the vinyl had some bite marks on it. I listened to part of it once, and then gave up.
But then a friend gave me their demo! And it’s great – crashing, infectious (I remember waking up on a friend’s couch one morning with a terrible hangover, wearing a baby-tee that said “Philippines” on it, since I’d barfed all over my own t-shirt the night before after losing hard in a vodka drinking game which involved girls making me drink after answering “wrong” to “are you still a virgin?”, and then I put on my headphones to listen to these songs, and then we walked down the street to buy burritos), harsh, and emotional. Those are enough general adjectives, I’d say…
The third song is my fave. “Who says you’re useless? We feel you’re capable.” aw.
I left all the tracks unnamed. I know the first one is called Baby Puts Out Old Flames. And one of the songs is on the split with Karp (or is it the split with Maximillian Colby?), so the title of that one could be figured out by someone with that record. I don’t have it. And I haven’t heard Teenage Dance Session or New Sheriff in Town 7″‘s, so I don’t know if any of these songs are featured on those. If anyone knows all the track names, I would appreciate them.
This is a transfer of a transfer, but it sounds pretty good. I’m guessing this demo is already floating around. I downloaded one song from a site (that only posted one song), and this here recording/transfer sounds better than theirs. Just please forgive the very slight wobbliness of the first few seconds. It’s not very noticeable anyway, since the intro is so muffled.