MERMAIDENS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE “SUNSTONE” & NZ TOUR
Mermaidens are defined by intricate and unique songwriting, boldly raw – yet increasingly refined – studio production, and a hypnotic live synergy that leaves audiences enchanted. The three-piece outfit from Wellington, New Zealand draw inspiration from bands like Warpaint, Fugazi, Exploded View and Sleater-Kinney, offering a mesmerising dip into the realms of post-punk and psych.
Mermaidens burst onto the New Zealand scene with their widely acclaimed debut EP O in 2014 and went on to release their debut album Undergrowth in 2016. As a result, they were offered dozens of shows and international support slots, which led to them being picked up by Flying Nun Records.
The band are set to release their first international album, Perfect Body, on 4 August 2017. Perfect Body features many of the familiar characteristics of the Mermaidens’ sound, with twinkly, reverb-laden guitar lines, rich vocal harmonies and vibrant drums. They have expanded on these sounds, bringing in even more dynamic elements, building richer melodic layers and a wider range of guitar textures, as they explore different levels of dissonance. Each song bursts with energy and variety, with contrasting light and dark, and they’ve left space for mellow and brooding instrumentals underpinning a powerful vocal melody.
Today, the band unveil third album single “Sunstone". The track was shared via Loud and Quiet who called it "caustic" and "sprawling". The band's Gussie Larkin explains; "Sunstone is made up of three contrasting sections, gradually becoming more and more brutal as the song progresses. I didn't want the song to have a 'hook' that it returns to - instead I wanted to create an unpredictable journey: full of time signature changes, evolving guitar textures and imposing vocals. It's a not a song you can just put on in the background.”
To celebrate the release, Mermaidens are taking Perfect Body on tour around Aotearoa. The band’s impressive portfolio of support slots and sold out shows attests to the charm and excellence of their live performance. In just a few years Mermaidens have sold out major venues in New Zealand as well as supporting acts such as Death Cab For Cutie, Sleater Kinney and Mac Demarco. Don’t miss this band in the heat of their new record, Perfect Body, on tour around the country this August/September -they’re set to make a similar impact on the global music scene as they have at home in New Zealand.
MERMAIDENS “PERFECT BODY: NZ TOUR
Fri Aug 11th - Lucky, Whanganui; with special guests
Sat Aug 12th - The Stomach, Palmerston North (All Ages); with Felix + Jack, Rune & Goto
Fri Aug 18th - Darkroom, Christchurch; with Fran/Bar Group and Best Bets
Sat 19th August - Radio One 91FM Club Show - Benessere Studios, Dunedin; with Earth Tongue and special guests ** free with your Radio One Club car
Fri 1st September - The Other’s Way Festival; Auckland;
Sat Sept 2nd - San Fran Bathhouse, Wellington; with The Courtneys and special guests
Mermaidens Perfect Body NZ tour
Tickets are on sale now from Under The Radar and the Flying Out store.