The Story so Far...
Mermaid Avenue mix their indie rock and alt.country with a healthy dose of 90’s classicism and oz rock swagger on their debut record ‘Temptation And Half the Truth’.
Described as the missing link between The Beatles ‘She Loves You’ and The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ Mermaid Avenue’s debut single Effigy puts new relationships under the microscope with an indie rock swag addressing the dating or ‘warm up’ phase of a relationship – those uncharted waters between lust, and the potential of something more.
As the opener on their album 'Temptation And Half The Truth', Effigy sets the tone for the tracks that follow, taking audiences on an all-encompassing journey through the cycle of a relationship: the good, the bad, and the ugly. “We wanted to make a traditional album – one you can play from start to finish. Lyrically, the album charts the ups and downs of relationships from first kiss to the ‘bliss’ of domesticity along with the darker themes of losing loved ones, lost time and jealousy”.
‘Throughout the album, Mermaid Avenue glide through a unique blend of indie-rock, alt-country, and folk to deliver a sound that belongs entirely to themselves’ (Happy Mag 9.8.18)
Since first cutting their teeth live in 2015, Mermaid Avenue have become a regular feature on the Brisbane scene driven by the prolific songwriting of singer Peter Clarke and musicianship of Darren Madeo (lead guitar), John Doyle (bass) and Anthony Judd (drums). In early 2018 they expanded their line up with the addition of keyboardist Marc Besselink formerly of Dutch neo-progsters Kramer.
The sessions for 'Temptation And Half the Truth' began in late 2016 and continued over the course of 2017 at The Barn Recording Studio in the Lockyer Valley. The album was produced by Steve Robin and mastered at the Chicago Mastering Service by Margaret Luther.
The second single from the album, "Rise", was a finalist in Blues and Roots Radio's 2019 International Song of The Year. Current members include lead guitarist Mike Kearey, bass player Mark Egan, Anthony Judd on drums and Casey Lee on keys.
The band have written an extensive amount of material since mid 2019 and are preparing to re-enter the studio in mid 2020 to record their next release.
‘Temptation And Half The Truth’ is now available for streaming via Spotify, Applemusic and Bandcamp. CD is available for purchase at CDbaby store.