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Mercies formed in 2009 as a creative outlet for Josh Rheault and Sammy Dent. After some time of casually exchanging demos, the collaboration turned into a serious musical partnership. Josh and his family began restoring an old tobacco barn in rural Connecticut, giving Mercies a dedicated space for writing and recording. In “The Barn”, during the harsh New England winter, Mercies wrote and recorded their debut LP Three Thousand Days. Their next project, The Ballet EP, was a collaboration with The Charlottesville Ballet and became part of the ballet company’s repertoire in 2012.Read More...
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 late 2013 and shortly thereafter signed to Randm Records.
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. It is set to release on March 31, 2015. Have Mercies.