There’s something cool about two bands releasing a split album just for the hell of it, simply because they like each other’s music. That being said, this spit 7” by Have Mercy and Somos feels out of place.
Have Mercy are up first and contribute a live acoustic version of “Two Years” and a cover of Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” that’s more than just acceptable with the band rocking out. Then in comes Somos with a new song called “Streets Upon Streets” and an acoustic version of “Domestic” from last year’s “Temple Of Plenty”.
On their own accord, all four songs are decent enough. But when put together, you end up with a release that feels unbalanced. If anything, this split serves mostly as a reminder that both bands released really good albums last year you should check out. If that was the idea, then mission accomplished!