is not your typical indie rock band. It's not that their sounds isn't important; it's that what they are trying to say is equally so. Take their music video for their single "Sandy," featuring a woman repeatedly popping out of her casket at her own funeral and dancing on funeral chairs. Is the song about grieving or about hope? While I dont presume to know the answer to this question, I know that Oh Mercy wants to make you ask. While big questions hang in the air, the vocals in this band are so seamless, that in some way Alex Gow is giving you an answer.
It's shaping up to be a big year for Australian acts. Courtney Barnett has released one of the most critically acclaimed records of the year and Tame Impala has a highly anticipated record coming out in July. There's even a new Husky record coming out soon. What do you think is leading to this massive resurgence of Australian acts on the international scene?
Oh Mercy: I have no idea. We've always had great music to offer. You might have to tell me. Maybe it's on account of 'the internet'. Without it we are isolated.
In the video for "Sandy," there are only three living people in the funeral home...what appears to be the deceased's family and the singer. Is there any backstory as to why there are so few people at this funeral?
It just made for a good juxtaposition. I thought. The after-life at capacity. The living lacking in numbers. It lends more weight for those present. For instance, if there were to be 20 plus mourners, would you have asked, "why are the living so unsurprisingly well represented at the funeral", I doubt you would have thought that actually.
Who were some of your influences as a songwriter on this track. I definitely hear a little bit of a more pop-oriented War on Drugs for example.
Yep, I like War On Drugs. I was listening to them and of course The Boss. Plus some 60's girl groups, Ronettes, Shangri-La's etc. I think I can hear them in it too. I guess that's what The Boss was listening to too. The broader sound of my new album When We Talk About Love
was informed by bands like Echo & The Bunnymen and The Triffids. Have a listen. It's out now.