Merseybeat was the name given to the variety of rock and roll that exploded out of Liverpool in the late ’50s and early ’60s. L.A.’s Mercy Beat is an adaptation of that term, of course, but they’re less skiffle and more dance-influenced. There’s not a whole lot of information about the group as of yet; while context and bios are easy in the digital age, the Mercy Beat are keeping things anonymous. What is known is the globe-hopping pedigree, with members hailing from Hong Kong, Hawaii, and New York.
So we’ll have to take the music at face value, and that’s a good thing. The Mercy Beat’s debut single, “Sweet,” doesn’t need a whole lot of context. It bobs up and down on a steady backbeat, drawing a line between reggae and more contemporary dance music. The hook is just as–dare we say–sweet, delivered in a smooth croon.