Merci is the debut release from punk rock band Save Face, following on from their 2016 EP release Folly. It’s more than just your average rock album though, with the record acting as a concept album about the descent into addiction – something that many musicians face in their lifetimes.
They’ve been referred to as a punk band, and whilst there are certainly moments of that genre that are apparent within the music of Save Face, we reckon they’re more of the alternative rock style, with elements of grunge and post-hardcore also finding their way inside their music. They’re definitely more along the style of punk performed by bands such as The Menzingers and The Gaslight Anthem anyway, and it’s perhaps no surprise that they’re from New Jersey like the latter band.
It’s an interesting record for the most part, and the concept never seems to get stale. You’d think that fourteen tracks based around the same topic might get a little old after a while, but that never bears true here, and the band have managed to balance accessability with passion without compromising anything in between, which is certainly impressive for such newcomers. The band have also made this a visual album, with a music video having been produced for each track, which are currently available to watch on Youtube.
This is a band clearly looking to make a difference, and wanting to separate themselves from the rest of the bands in the scene. It looks very clear to us that this is something they’ll manage to achieve and we can’t wait to see where they go in the future. An excellent debut and one that promises so much for Save Face.