Mergence Adds "Surf-Samba" Track to Its Arsenal

Maria Vassett
Mergence performs at Crescent Ballroom.
It's no coincidence local rockers Mergence have been likened to California's Cold War Kids. Not only is the Phoenix band a quartet, but it also has a knack for crafting bluesy, soul-inspired opuses -- kinda like those other guys. So it seems only natural that they would get the nod to rep the Valley when one of California's finest comes to town for Carnaval Eléctrico.

Although they're also known for dabbling in funk and jazz, anchored by some righteous rock riffs, Mergence's newest material sees them stepping outside of themselves a bit, producing sounds that are bound to surprise even the staunchest fan.

"There's one track that we're calling a surf-samba that I think is going to surprise people," drummer Jason Roedl says. "There are one or two tracks that most people are going to hear and say, 'Man, I didn't think I would hear that come out of Mergence.' We really took our time this time around during recording."

Much to their delight, they'll be unveiling some of those new songs at the March 8 show.

"When they contacted us to do this, I was just like, 'Oh, hell yeah, man,'" Roedl says. "This is going to be a real good time."

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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