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Mock Orange, and Hey Mercedes
March 31, 2001
At Oberholtzer Hall
Houston, TX

by Samuel Barker
April 4, 2001

Thank god! Someone finally got wise to this style of music and is working to bring these shows to people everywhere. In Houston we have Hands Up Houston. These guys are awesome. I wanted to start this review by giving them props for bringing the show to us here in Houston. I also want to give props to Casey and the University Of Houston Student Programs Board for scheduling the show. It's the work of a nationwide community that makes this all possible.

This is the first show I've been to at Oberholtzer Hall. It was a cool venue. It's all on one level, so if you aren't close up it's hard to see the bands. The sound is really good there and the people are nice, so it all worked out.

The first band of the night was local emo band, The Record Time. Despite the fact that they were way young, they put on a hell of a show. I was impressed by their energy and their songs. They played a strong set, but they had the same problems a lot of young bands have. They pushed it a bit hard at first so they were winded by the midpoint of the set. I enjoyed their set from start to finish, and I'm looking forward to seeing them for years to come.

Next up was Mock Orange. Mock Orange kicked it up a notch higher than all the other bands there. They had a lot of energy and their sound was perfect. They sounded just a strong as they did on album and they still exhibited so much energy. The bassist was completely into the set and had a great deal of the energy in the band. The two guitarists and singers were off the hook as well. I was completely impressed with Mock Orange and hope the tour through here really soon in the future.

The final band of the night was Hey Mercedes. They were the band everyone was there to see and I was left asking "why?" I wasn't too impressed with their sound. It lacked a definitive edge and their energy was weak. The music was good, but it didn't really grab you. If you were more aware of them they may have been better, but I felt no need to pick up their EP because I didn't really see much promise in their sound. They were talented guys, but lacked the edge they needed to go to the next level. Maybe they'll find it, and if they do, I'll be sure to give it a listen.

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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