THE MEZZ, A FOUR-PIECE BAND BASED IN OXFORD AND READING ARE INJECTING INFECTIOUS INDIE AND ALT POP SOUNDS INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WITH THEIR LATEST SINGLE, CAFFEINE.
Following the release of their debut track, When I Found You in March, The Mezz have developed a name for themselves (and a catchy slogan – Off The Mezzy – along the way) through several high energy gigs and a chaotic but charming music video. Although their growth within the live scene has been halted by current events, the boys have not lost momentum nor their energy in the run up to their second single, Caffeine.
Caffeine sheds light on the mental health issues that are so prevalent in our society, inspired by a heartfelt story from lead singer, Ben Comley’s work colleague about coping with a young daughter with mental health issues. Ben spoke about the story behind Caffeine in a recent IGTV post: “it’s not meant to be upsetting…it’s not a sob story, it’s made in an upbeat fashion so you can talk about the matter in a lighter tone.”
The Mezz have perceptively written about a serious and topical subject but combined it with light, boppy beats and addictive tunes in a way that is neither cheesy or bleak. The band’s trademark energy is captured within the very opening ‘woo’ of the song, an instant reveal of the song’s summery overtones. But, probably one of my favourite parts of the track is the slightly more stripped back, indie infused bridge, where the focus changes to echoing vocals and tangled harmony, a side of The Mezz’ soundscape we may see explored in future tracks perhaps?
With bouncy guitar lines reminiscent of Chocolate by The 1975, and poignant but catchy lyrics, Caffeine feels like a song that would be well suited at the top of the charts. You can find The Mezz over on their socials, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as their website where you can find video content, tour updates and more. Listen to Caffeine on Spotify below: