Fresh off the US tour circuit and with a shiny SOYA under their belt, swooning Melbourne alt-country band Oh Mercy are going from strength to strength in Australia and beyond. We caught up with frontman Alexander Gow to ask him what he loves about being home in Melbourne and what the road will take them next.
What’s Oh Mercy up to these days?
We’re currently on tour in the US and continuing writing for our second album before heading to the UK in May for The Great Escape festival and some tour dates.
What was it like to win SOYA last year?
It was a thrill. Oh Mercy’s first official leg up. The flight credits and financial aid has helped us fly to US for the South by South West festival.
Which venues do you enjoy playing in Melbourne?
The Toff in Town on Swanston Street is probably our favourite venue to play in Melbourne. It’s been very supportive of us and other young bands and has become integral to the live music scene in Melbourne.
How do you find the Melbourne audience as compared to elsewhere?
Melbourne audiences are much more welcoming of non ‘trend based’ music. As well as being more receptive and supportive than most other cities, I think that unique quality in a Melbourne audience creates an environment where unique bands can thrive.
Where are your favourite places to go in the city?
What Melbourne-based musical projects are you enjoying right now?
I saw Dan Kelly play songs from his yet to be released new record a month back. They were fantastic. Friends’ bands Ocean Party and Rat vs Possum are two very different but wonderful music projects. I also saw Pets With Pets for the first time recently, they have a very strong and youthful sound.
What is the next frontier for Oh Mercy?
We’re going to make our second record soon. Hopefully in the next couple of months. It’s very exciting for us.