Mercy James Gang
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Mercy James Gang

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The best kept secret in music


"Northeast Performer"

"...the sound [is] interesting and each song unique.

Gerdeman and his cohorts are a product of what made rock music enjoyable in the mid to late '70s, the downplay of showboating and a clearer attention to detail.
It's the slow-down-and-lets-get-this-right attitude that Mercy James Gang show on their recordings that give them more credence than a knock off garage band aping Iggy Pop." - Northeast Performer

"the Noise"

"They play narcotic '70s AM pop music that is at turns soulful...

...what it probably sounds like in your head when you're slowly dying of asphyxiation."
- The Noise - Noise


Dreamy, sometimes psychedelic pop with plenty of quirks

Drink some wine, maybe enjoy some recreational relaxants, and sit back for a lovely sonic journey. This album jumps from simple and catchy pop like "Wednesday" to more experimental and complex songs like"Sunset" and "Whisper Whenever", all performed with great musicianship. It's a pleasant album, tinged with melancholy but never whiny, sweet and quirky without hiding in ballads. Well worth a listen for fans of any pretty pop laced with angst. - PopGoesTheWeasel

"The Big Takeover"

"Allen Clapp and Mercy James are singer/songwriter prodigies for the ages" - The Big Takeover


First 4 albums and singles available for download on

The song "Whisper Whenever" has been downloaded 15,000+ times.

Radio play on WAAF, WZBC, WBCN and WERS in Boston.

Yuck Yum (July 06)
Sunsetting (2004)
Mercy James (2001)
Pay You Back (1998)
Another Desperate Mile (1995)

"Ride On, Red Line"/"Red Sky Eyes" (2005)
"Don't Do It/No Way in the World" (2005)

"Tiny Idols" - (Snowglobe Records 2005)
"Can You Read This Boston" (Mercy James) - Won BMA for Best Contemporary Folk album in 2000.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Songwriter Jim Gerdeman writes and records songs and has since he was 16 with a Fostex X-15 4-track.

Perhaps it's an addiction.

After moving to Boston from West Palm Beach, Gerdeman started assembling a group from the people he met at the Kendall Cafe, WZLX (a Boston radio station he worked at) and the Noise Board (a local music internet message board).

All were local Boston rock enthusiasts and performed in other bands such as the Weisstronauts, an Alice Cooper tribute band and a couple of buskers from groups Goh and Shiner Jones.

Now the band is finishing a new album of garage rock pop songs to be released in July.