Oh Mercy Q&A And National Tour

By: Cesar Rodrigues

Having recently returned from an extensive run of shows in North America, Oh Mercy are about to release their latest LP “Deep Heat” and embark on an extensive national tour. The record is available on August 24 and you can check all the dates here: http://www.moshtix.com.au/Oh-Mercy. We have a quick chat with Rohan Sforcina about the rigours of touring and the upcoming tour and record. All dates below!

1. For those who are new to Oh Mercy, could you tell us a little bit about who you guys are and how it all came about?

Oh mercy is Alexander Gow’s outlet to tell often outrageous stories about sex, parties, the apocalypse – Whatever crosses his mind really. The rest of us make noise that hopefully in some way adds to rather than detracts from whatever narrative he has conjured up. I hit things. The band had been together for a while before they decided to rescue me from playing in below par hardcore bands.

 

2. You are fresh off a North American tour. How was the response to what you guys are doing?

Americans are an enthusiastic bunch. Definitely not backwards in coming forward about their excitement for something. It seemed to go down well.

 

3. What were some of your favourite moments and cities in North America?

Drinking beer in all of them? Other than that skipping stones into the east river looking across at manhattan was pretty good. Or buying a jacket in every city we stopped in. I like jackets.

 

4. What is the song writing process like for the band? Is it a collaborative effort?

Alexander writes the songs. I haven’t read enough Greek mythology or had enough “life experience” to get on on that. On this album we all helped with arrangements.

 

5. What was it like working with Burke Reid on the latest record and how did you embark on the recording?

Awesome. Burke is the loveliest most creative and inspiring guy I’ve come across in a while. After driving the equivalent of circling the coastline of Australia we finally stopped in a town just outside of Portland where Burke was waiting in a converted studio/house that at some point must have been a swingers pad. We then locked ourselves there for a few weeks drinking beer and tripping over the countless effects pedals that soon lined the floor permanently.

 

6. With the appearance of Spotify and Rdio, how do you feel digitalisation and streaming of music will effect what you do as recording and touring artists?

Hopefully it will mean more people hear it. Digitalisation has been happening with iTunes etc for ages now and hopefully these developments are just a step in making things more accessible. It’s an improvement from watching amateur photo montages on YouTube to hear a song.

 

7. You guys are about to hit the road again with an national Australian run, how does the band cope with all the touring?

Training bladders and being considerate of each other. We love touring though so I can’t wait to get on the road. Plus after driving all that distance in America, this next tour should be a walk in the park.

 

8. What can the punters expect from the upcoming tour?

Keyboards, gold jackets and not a cymbal in sight.

 

9. What local artists are the band listening to at the moment?

I’m listening to Slow dancer, The Drones and I really like Millions who are touring with us. I listen to Deap Heat a bit too. Does that count?

 

10. Most memorable Melbourne show?

Playing covers at the tote SLAM anniversary show with Rob McComb from The Triffids helping us out on guitar. We played Wide Open Road. Awesome. I’m not sure everyone remembers it as well.

 

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OH MERCY ‘DEEP HEAT’ NATIONAL TOUR

Presented by Mess + Noise

Friday 21 September – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

 

Saturday 22 September – Joe’s Waterhole, Sunshine Coast QLD

Tickets: 07 5442 8144 or Joe’s Waterhole Gaming Lounge,
Backbeat Records or Shake It Up Music

 

Wednesday 26 September – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong NSW

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

 

Thursday 27 September – Cambridge, Newcastle NSW

Tickets: Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

www.bigtix.com.au

 

Friday 28 September – ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

Tickets: Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

 

Saturday 29 September – The Standard, Sydney NSW

Tickets: Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

 

Sunday 30 September – Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba NSW

Tickets: www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au or 02 4782 1322

 

Thursday 4 October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

 

Friday 5 October – Norfolk Hotel, Fremantle WA

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

 

Saturday 6 October – Bakery Artage, Perth WA

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

www.nowbaking.com.au/ticketing/home.aspx

 

Thursday 11 October – The Gov, Adelaide (Licensed All Ages) SA

Tickets: Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

Venuetix:  08 8225 8888 or www.venuetix.com.au

 

Saturday 18 October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

 

Thursday 18 October – Republic Hotel, Hobart TAS

Tickets: Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

 

Friday 19 October – Bended Elbow, Geelong VIC

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

 

Triple R Presents

Thursday 25 October – The Hi Fi, Melbourne VIC

Tickets: Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

Venue: 1300 843 443 or www.hifi.com.au

 

Saturday 27 October – The Railway Club, Darwin NT

Tickets: Oztix 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au