Portland, Oregon via Melbourne, Australia's Oh Mercy, headed by songwriter Alexander Gow, is a young indie rock band with serious talent.
In Australia, Oh Mercy have toured consistently since 2009, growing a devoted audience through their own sold out shows, and in support of the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Temper Trap, Father John Misty and Crowded House to name a few & on the festival stage at Falls Festival, Splendor In The Grass, Laneway and the Big Day Out.
2014 will find Oh Mercy in North America for the third time in as many years, as they begin to tour their third album Deep Heat across the country.
From this basic premise, Alexander Gow and his Oh Mercy bandmates have crafted Deep Heat, the bands latest and most colourful album to date; a collection of 10 propulsive songs with a groove as deep as the Mariana Trench.
After last years acoustic-based confessional Great Barrier Grief, Gow decided to shift the goal posts a little well, a lot actually decamping to Portland, Oregon, for two months and turning a bunch of songs hed written on piano in the traditional singer-songwriter fashion into something else entirely.
From the Roxy Music-esque swagger of My Man (the first song Gow has ever written that wasnt autobiographical) to pulsating first single Drums (the product of a heavy Jorge Ben binge), Deep Heat is modern, forward-thinking pop; a colourful mix of styles all held together by a singular groove.
There is a reason people talk about Alexander Gow and Oh Mercy as being one of the leading new songwriting talents coming out of Australia.