Mermaid Avenue are an indie rock/alt.country band hailing from Brisbane, Australia - formed in 2015 around the songwriting of Peter Clarke. Since first cutting their teeth live in 2015, they have become a regular feature on the Brisbane scene driven by the prolific songwriting of singer Clarke and musicianship of Chris Wong & Mike Kearey (guitars), Mark Egan (bass), Casey Lee (keys) and Anthony Judd (drums).
Their debut album 'Temptation and Half the Truth' was released in late 2018 to strong reviews (The second single from the album, ‘Rise’, was a finalist in Blues and Roots Radio’s International Song of The Year.). The band are currently finishing off their second album 'Sugartown', due later in the year. The first singles from the album, 'Turn the Page', 'Philosophy' , 'California', 'Old with You' and 'Don't Settle for the Pain' have already garnered some local and international airplay as well as favourable reviews.
The sessions for 'Sugartown' began in late 2020 and have continued over the course of 2021 at The Barn Recording Studio in the Lockyer Valley. The album was tracked by long time band collaborator Steve Robin with mix duties shared with iconic Australian producer Lachlan 'magoo' Goold.
The band's latest single 'Don't Settle for the Pain' is out now and available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp, CD baby and many more.
“If ‘Turn the Page’ is a demonstration of what’s to come on the album ‘Sugartown’ and from Mermaid Avenue’s future catalogue then I say follow Mermaid Avenue and bookmark September 2021” - Jenny Syratt
“Overall, this is one of the best alternative rock debut albums I’ve heard for quite some time. Peter Clarke is a songwriter who has honed his craft, supported by a group of musicians that bring his songs to life in a synergistic way. Most importantly, you can imagine thousands singing along and, with such a wide array of influences, the creative well won’t be running dry anytime soon. Highly recommended, especially to alt. rock and country fans.VERDICT = 8.9 out of 10”
“Temptation And Half The Truth; the incredible new album from Brisbane band Mermaid Avenue. Ever since it dropped, we’ve been spinning it on repeat.”
— Happy Mag
“Merging the sounds of each distinct era of alternative, some country and a certain melancholy in their delivery Mermaid Avenue has created a sound that will appeal to listeners for being both familiar and fresh.”