Melbourne, Australian band The Mercy Kills are back, and they have a penchant for re-releasing songs the British listener may not have heard first time round, having recently singed to Golden Robot Records.
First came the single ‘Alone’ – This appeared on their debut album Happy To Kill You back in 2013, and proved a live crowd favourite. The track has been remastered and rereleased as a single for those reaching out digitally in COVID-19 isolation. Their message is simple and clear in it: “You can’t make it alone!”
They followed that with ‘Fall’ – A reworked track that first came to light even earlier, on their 2010 Debut EP New Rule. A post-punk inspired song about trying to keep in control of your life, while things feel like they are falling apart around you.
This high energy track has always been a favourite between the band members and is still relevant to them today. In fact the EP is as they plan to release it internationally in February.
The Mercy Kills mix two parts dirty rock with two parts sleaze punk to get a four-shot cocktail. Mark E (Vocals/guitar), Jen X Costello (Bass/vocals), Nathalie Gellé (Guitar/vocals) and Josh Black (Drums) took their name from the line in The Rocky Horror Picture Show: “It was a mercy killing”.
Their latest release is a remastered collection of band favourites on an EP simply branded as X, about which they declare:
“X is a celebration of ten years together as The Mercy Kills. This EP is like a live set of our favourite tracks, as if we were blastin’ out a killer 30-minute show. These seven songs have been selected from five different releases, over the last decade.”
After many squabbles and fights over which songs would make the cut, the band settled on the best seven songs that deliver a strong representation of their releases to date. They enjoy new life with slick remastering that adds a new dimension to them.
You can stream/buy X here. You can pre-order/save New Rule here.
Following on from the release of X, the band has released ‘Like You’. As with the other singles you can watch a video for it here – What’s more, the clip has been specifically designed for a mobile phone vertical format and there’s even a bit of a tease during the guitar solo.
The Mercy Kills wanted the video to express a connection between each band member. The concept was influenced by the old children’s panel books, where you turn the pages to reveal a mix of different heads, bodies and legs.
The band worked, once again with Australian film makers, Strongman Pictures to create the video.