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Oh Mercy are a band from [placeformed]Melbourne, Victoria[/placeformed] that formed in [yearformed]2006[/yearformed]. Oh Mercy are a band from [placeformed]Melbourne, Victoria[/placeformed] that formed in [yearformed]2006[/yearformed].
-Built upon a love of pop music and expressive vocals, Oh Mercy’s idiosyncratic blend of quirky pop has seen them rise to the top of Melbourne’s current crop of musicians with surprising velocity.+Alexander Gow and Thomas Savage, the duo at the heart of Oh Mercy, blend evocative and intelligent lyricism with a strong pop sensibility on their debut album Privileged Woes, showcasing the depth of the young songwriters polished pop brilliance.
-The young 4-piece draws their inspiration from music both old and new: from The Velvet Underground, to Bob Dylan and the current zeitgeist pioneers Fleet Foxes. As one of the most discussed bands upon the inception of the current ‘Triple J Unearthed’ format, they were rewarded in 2007 with a slot at Australia’s biggest festival, the Big Day Out, and with the accompanying live shows, they received achingly positive reviews from the likes of Fasterlouder and Wireless Bollinger, and radio play on Triple J and community radio nationally.+Following on from their successful debut EP ‘In The Nude For Love’, ‘Privileged Woes’ was recorded in the spare room, the size of a single bed, by Myles Wootton (The Panics) - the band literally had to put the mattress against the wall to record. The album was then mixed by Matt Voigt (Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Paul Kelly) and mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, New York (TV on The Radio, The Strokes).
 +2009 saw Oh Mercy hand picked by Ben Folds to play the Sydney Opera House & chosen to tour with Little Birdy, Lisa Mitchell, Kaiser Chiefs and Ben Kweller. Oh Mercy headlined their national 'Privileged Woes' album launch tour, selling out shows all over Australia. They the played their last club shows for the year, co-headlining with The Veils before heading out to celebrate summer on the festival circuit including Meredith, Falls, Sunset Sounds, Southbound.
 +Already in 2010, Oh Mercy have played the Big Day Out and Laneway Festivals, travelled to America to play shows in LA, NY & SXSW and have just been announced on the UK's Great Escape festival in May.
 +Privileged Woes features the current radio singles Seemed Like A Good Idea, Lay Everything On Me, Get You Back and Broken Ears.
 +Rolling Stone have described Oh Mercy as "...the freshest, smartest song-writing partnership since the Finn brothers"
-Described as “like a young version of Augie March crossed with The Shins” (Fasterlouder), Oh Mercy’s style is consistently difficult to pin down. What is certain is that, while they cite classic rock ‘n’ roll and folk influences, the songwriting partnership of Alexander Gow and Thomas Savage creates music unmistakably of their own style: Gow’s distinctive vocals, reminiscent of those attitude-filled voices of Dylan and Reed, lend something unique to the sound – his “easy going stage charm and natural troubadour’s swagger” ( bringing gravity to their live shows – and Savage’s outstanding lead guitar cuts through with equal parts technical precision and ad hoc chaos. The pair’s experiential lyrics betray their youthfulness– the bandmembers are all only in their early 20s – as they commonly dip into themes of anxiety and impetuousness. 

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Oh Mercy are: Alexander Gow, Simon Okely, Eliza Lam, Rohan Sforcina and Annabel Grigg from Melbourne, Australia.