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My name is Jamie Barnard, I am a twenty eight year old actor, musician, and now one-time model. 

Let’s go back to the year 2012. I was working on a theatre project in Colchester and I stumbled across an independent shop selling menswear with influences from the mid-60s to mid-90s. It was in this shop that I bought my first item of Merc clothing. It was a burgundy V-neck jumper with a yellow Merc emblem and from that moment Merc very quickly became my favourite clothing brand.

So back to 2018, I en...

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The Rising, a Southampton based 7 piece fronted by the force of nature that is Tommy Overington released the follow up to their much loved 2013 self titled debut on Friday November 9th, and Merc was delighted to be sent an advanced copy.

“Are You Ready to Fly” was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios In Monmouth, Wales, previously used by Oasis, The Stone Roses and even Queen, with 2 bonus tracks recorded at Toe Rag in London. The album is a 11 track collection that shows a band in progre...

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Merc Sounds - Dan Coburn

Posted on: 06/11/2018

Dan Coburn is a man on a mission. As frontman for the IC1s he and the band were on the verge of taking off. A back catalogue of indie rock n roll bangers, a huge live reputation, a strong following, label interest and tours with now established acts like Blossoms indicated big things were coming!

Problems with a record label and management led to the disbanding of the lads just as it appeared they were arriving, and after a brief flirtation with a new line up and band “Forte”, Dan has decided to...

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It’s been a long, hot summer! The days might be getting shorter, but at Merc we’re actually quite excited about feeling that autumn chill in the air and starting to see the leaves turn this year. A new season always feels like a bit of a fresh start, too. Plus, the Autumn Winter Collection is here, and we can’t wait to start layering up our “new in” items.

Comfortable, simple, functional – for our AW18 collection we have followed our guiding principle of creating pieces that are easy to wear, yet...

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Watford based 4 piece The Spitfires release a brand new single “Something Worth Fighting For” via Hatch Records on September the 28th as a limited edition 7 inch vinyl and digital download.

The Spitfires consist of songwriter Billy Sullivan on lead vocals and guitar, Sam Long on Bass/backing vocals, Matt Johnson on drums and George Moorhouse on keyboards.

The band have always fused a wide range of influences from reggae and ska through to punk and soul and this melting-pot of musical genres has n...

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The Novatones - Recommended listening!

The Novatones, a Southampton “Indie Brit-Pop Punk lads” with a love of all things British and a reputation for huge live performances that have seen them hit main stages at festivals such as the Isle Of White are back with a massive brand new single “Why Won’t You listen To Me?”

Pulling the crowds at the Isle of Wight Festival!

Short powerful and punchy it’s the bands attack on today’s music industry and the lack of support for up coming hard working bands i...

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Maker, Hat tipped on a fantastic album , Photo by Grieg Clifford

Maker are a Kent based 4 piece who describe their style as “Rock and Soul, Rhythm and Roll” with an image as sharp as their sound.

Made up of Alessandro Marinelli (Vocals) Andrew Donaldson (Guitar) , Gavin Donaldson (Drums) and John Austin (Bass), Maker are signed to Kidda Records and have steadily built up a following based on blistering psychedelic rock n roll, a bit of paisley and a “shit load of swagger”.

Merc was introduced to t...

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Merc Sounds - Dirt Royal

Posted on: 07/08/2018

Charlie, Leon and Loz - Dirt Royal!

Dirt Royal are a powerful 3 piece from Brighton with bundles of charisma, stage presence and character.

Drawing influence from the band members love of music from the subcultures of Mod, Ska, Punk and Britpop they have been prolific on and off stage since forming in 2014.

Comprising of Charlie (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Leon (Guitar/Vocals) and Loz (Drums) they combine a strong image with a intense and attention grabbing live performance that Merc has witnessed first...

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Watford 4 piece The Spitfires release their third LP, “Year Zero” on Hatch Records on the 27th Of July, a follow up to 2016’s “A Thousand Times” which was released to critical acclaim and ended up Number 6 in the independent charts.

As long term fans of the band, Merc was not only delighted to be sent a copy pre-release, but from first listen highly excited about the album itself.


Year Zero in our opinion further cements the place of The Spitfires as one of this countries most exciting and divers...

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John Simons - A Modernist is a documentary film from Mono Media films that tells the story of “British Menswear’s Unsung hero”.

Anyone with a more than a passing interest in men’s style owes John Simons a huge debt of gratitude and if you’ve never heard of him, trust me when I say he will have unknowingly to you influenced your wardrobe in some way.

Written by Jason Jules and directed by Lee Cogswell it is a 55 minute feature that charts the rise and rise of John Simons role in British style and...

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