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Merc Sounds - The UnderGrounD

Posted on: 24/07/2017

The UnderGrounD with a big sound to go with the big U, G and D are a 4 piece Mod Rock n Roll band from South London.

Comprising of Robert Dye (vocals, guitar), Leo Galeone (Bass, backing vocals) Joe Dargis (lead guitar) and Louis Bristow (drums), They have come a long way in a short space of time.

This rise has in no way been hindered by gaining early support from DJ Alan May, whose Sunday night Glory Boy Mod show on Six Towns radio has a cult following for those craving a mixture of classic track...

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Idle Talk - Photo by Ian Bourn

Idle Talk are a Brighton based 4 piece whose sound sits somewhere between Indie, Soul, Britpop and Psychedelia, all wrapped up in a sharply dressed style that has seen them draw attention from the "Mod" crowd.

This reputation has been further enhanced by support slots with From The Jam, The Moons and revival legends Secret Affair where their live performance, polished musicianship and observational lyrics were gratefully received.

The lads have followed up from their ...

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Neville Staple - on stage in Merc!

Neville Staple is a man who will always be remembered as a instrumental part of the British 2Tone explosion of the late 70s and early 80s.

2Tone Ska arrived in an era of horrific racial prejudice and served as a direct and positive answer to the negativity and violence that marked the time.

The Specials fused "White Boy Punk" and "Rude Boy Ska" and were at the very forefront of this movement, creating a back catalogue that is still revered to this day, timeless tr...

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Roots Manuva has been releasing top quality hip-hop for 23 years and he's still going strong. His unique style has always stood out in a genre that often looks to the past with collaborations with diverse artists such as Beth Orton, Gorillaz,The Maccabees, The Cinematic Orchestra and even Jamie Cullum. 

Merc met up with Roots as he prepares for his upcoming tour. Looking dapper as ever in some choice Merc cuts, we had a chat about music, getting into film, his growing ambition, and how he got int...

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Long time Merc favourites The Rising return with a brand new single "Kaleidoscope Eyes" the second release from the bands second album, due for release later this year on Detour Records. The Southampton based 7 piece act have indicated on social media sites that we should expect something different , and "Kaleidoscope Eyes" shows how they have looked to progress from the "Mod Rock n Roll" sound that their debut album was steeped in, to a far more slick, well produced Psychedelic feel.


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Merc Sounds - Megative

Posted on: 16/06/2017

Megative - Strong Looks and Sounds
Pic by Ty Snadden 


Megative  are a Brooklyn based 5 piece collective whose sound lies somewhere between ska, dub, punk and reggae, and is strongly influenced by the sharp look and sounds of the Mod, Ska, Punk and Suedehead Subcultures.

Consisting of Tim Fletcher, Gus Van Go, Jesse Singer, Chris Soper and Screechy Dan, the band have a dark and brooding sound that is both infectious and powerful, superbly hilighted by their debut single "More Time" which Merc has b...

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Merc Sounds - Sidonie

Posted on: 07/06/2017

Sidonie are Spanish psychedelic pop-rock band originally from Barcelona, who have a long standing love affair with British Music that resonates throughout their music.

The Band, Marc Ros, Jes Senra and Axel Pi, initially found fame via a band contest which led to them signing a contract with an independent label (Bip Bip Records).

After the success of their debut album, Sidonie, they became part of Sony Records. Since then they have become a hugely popular Spanish act, with a reputation for superb...

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Merc Sounds - The Shoots

Posted on: 06/06/2017

Paul Orwell in shades and Lord Essien on the mic!

The Shoots are a London based outfit on a mission to facilitate the return of 60s influenced "big ballsy British freak RnB'eat and soul" .

Combining the songwriting talents of longtime Merc favourite Paul Orwell with the voice and force of nature that is Lord Essien.

Their short and punchy sharply dressed sounds are superbly hi-lighted by their debut release (I Don't Know // Do The Jerk) out on limited 300 press 7" via Heavy Soul Records.
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Merc Sounds - Nick Shane

Posted on: 18/05/2017

Nick Shane is a Dundee based singer/songwriter whose previous band The NSA quickly established a loyal Live following and a reputation for sharply dressed music with more than a "Nod to Mod" and its influences.

Nick is a man whose music is not afraid to tackle more sensitive issues such as politics or Human Rights.

Openly Bi-sexual he is also an active supporter of "Gay Rights", and his work was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution For Gay Rights Award at Fife's Rainbow Gala in November. He h...

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The Rifles - Rob, Joel, Grant and Luke

The Rifles are an East London Indie Mod band who have built up a fanatically loyal following based on a back catalogue of classic British songwriting and a reputation for delivering blistering live performances.

A band with a real connection with their fans, they can often be seen mingling before and after shows with the crowds, The Rifles are an outfit whose prolific output has seen a progression from the fast paced 2006 debut No Love Lost to the more mature...

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