Mercies formed in 2009 as a creative outlet for Josh Rheault and Sammy Dent. After casually exchanging demos the collaboration turned into a serious musical partnership, and Josh and his family began restoring an old tobacco barn in rural Connecticut, giving the band a dedicated space for writing and recording.
From that new space Mercies’ crafted their debut LP Three Thousand Days. Their next project The Ballet EP, was collaboration with The Charlottesville Ballet. Mercies then took to the road, touring the U.S. extensively and making multiple trips to festivals such as CMJ and SXSW. With their sights set on moving to Los Angeles, they made a final recording in The Barn, the two song single Barely Speak/Vultures.
Mercies relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 and shortly thereafter signed to Randm Records. Working with producer Mike Butler at Lost Ark Studio in San Diego, Mercies further explored their love of vintage gear and natural space while tapping into Butler’s adventurous approach to recording.
Their sophomore LP, "Blue Against Green"
, is the culmination of the band’s life experiences, both professional and personal, their move to the west coast and the subsequent life changes. The desire to venture out into the unknown and the will to keep moving forward, are all present on Blue Against Green, released on March 31 2105. Have Mercies.
"With Blue Against Green firmly following in the footsteps of their debut album, Three Thousand Days, Mercies has a clear direction and focus for their music and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Wherever they’re going – musically or metaphorically – count me in.” - Emo At Heart
"Mercies take the title of brand new track “Every Echo” literally, the song reverberating in every sense of the word. Taken from their forthcoming sophomore album, Blue Against Green, “Every Echo” has the New England pastoral-rock trio taking after their forestal predecessors, most notably Fleet Foxes circa “Helpnessness Blues.” - Spin Magazine
"The track [Zalea], accentuated by lo-fi baselines, hollow guitars, and echoing vocals, has found Mercies a cozy musical spot nestled between the likes of Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes.” – Baeble Music
“On March 27, the Connecticut-based indie trio Mercies will release their new EP, a follow up to their debut album Three Thousand Days. The Ballet presents both new and old songs, including material scored for the Charlottesville Ballet.” - Relix
"The vocals themselves are soulfully unique. At times they are reminiscent of Placebo’s Brian Malko, and at times there are vague hints of Bowie. What seems like two completely separate and distinct voices are minutely separated and embodied within Mercies’ sound. A sound distinct, at times sorrowful, yet somehow one that opens up a whole world of promise." - Secret Sound Shop - Secret Sound Shop
"Mercies is awesome, so is their story..." - PacSun Music Blog - PacSun Music Blog
"...the band stands out immediately, per its ability to take elements that, when parsed, could be said to be part of so many “Indie” sounds, and making them feel new; compelling." - Mary Leary - My Old Kentucky Blog
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