The Story so Far...
Mermaid Avenue were formed in 2015 around the songwriting of Peter Clarke. Originally a four-piece, the band has since expanded to six, delivering what Scenestr Magazine described as '.. a fluid brand of indie rock, country-rock to alt country, indie folk, and bluesy Americana.'
The music is a rich tapestry of acoustic and electric guitars, lap and pedal steel, keyboards, piano and vocal harmonies all supported by a tight, experienced rhythm section. Songs can range from simple acoustic tunes to straight out rock, and all points in between. Each song is delivered as it should be, each musician serving the song rather than their own egos.
The band have released three albums ('Temptation and Half the Truth' (2018), 'Sugartown' (2022), and 'Loveday No. 9' (2023)) that have been warmly received by critics and listeners alike. Songs from all albums have been finalists in global songwriting competitions in each year from 2019 to now, and the band's music will soon be featured as part of the soundtrack of the yet to be released Australian movie 'Hero'.
Greg Tuck of BDJ Sessions described their recent live performance on his channel as 'Mermaid Avenue have got something that a lot of bands struggle to achieve. Cohesion... They have amassed a set of tunes that are well thought out and yet seem natural.'
The band's new album 'Jacarandas' is due for release in 2024.