See TV on the Radio Rip Through New Song ‘Mercy’ at All Tomorrow’s Parties
A straight-ahead rocker from the Brooklyn art-poppers
When SPIN spoke to TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe last month, the group’s founding vocalist didn’t seem the least bit nervous about their first run at curating England’s venerable All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. Of course, with a lineup that included Shabazz Palaces, Death Grips, De La Soul, and Mykki Blanco, he had plenty of reason to be confident. It helped too that the long-dormant Brooklyn band had an additional trick up their sleeves as well: a new song called “Mercy.” Witnessed above, this “fresh” track is a thrashing, fast-paced rocker that finds Adebimpe taking the lead, singing about falling in love “with professional evil,” looking “lost and lethal,” and seeking salvation. TVOTR get a slight assist from a two-man horn section, but the song is otherwise strikingly straight-ahead, and menacing in its force. Now if only they’d commit to making an entire new album.