Mercy, the Sexton

Mercy, the Sexton

 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CAN
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The kind of pop that you want to listen to - smart, true and well written. Pop that pays off. Hummable melodies, synth and guitar hooks.

Biography

Mercy the Sexton. Think The Cars meet Phoenix in a booze-can on a barren rock in the North Atlantic that has its own time zone.  You might hear 80s pop, Motown, electro, 50s rock-and-roll, new wave, Pavement and/or Springsteen.  The songs are about when relationships get complicated.  It’s kind of like nouveau new-wave painted with primary colours in the girls’ bathroom at your favourite dive.

Say it Back, Mercy the Sexton’s sophomore release, is the follow-up to 2008 Atlantis Prize winning Another Month. Recorded over sessions in January and June of 2010, Say it Back lives in St. John’s slushy mornings and Toronto’s t-shirt nights. Evolving the sound they established on Another Month, the album stretches Mercy's hooky pop aesthetic (two songs on the record run longer than 4 minutes). The music is at times layered and full (the singalong chorus in "I'm Only Saying') and spacious (the moody first verse in 'Away, Away'). Mercy has added several new colours to its songwriting palette: 'He Said, She Said' is a duet for ill-fated lovers, while ‘Back on the Lake’ is damn close to a ballad. The lyrics have an honest wit, and images of travel, aging and longing inform these often bittersweet and sometimes funny songs.

Lyrics

He Said, She Said

Written By: H. Kourkoutis/D. Major/L. Major

This is not a game of who
Just tell me who the fuck are you
You’re the chain I cannot lose
And that’s my favourite part
I’m strong but I can’t refuse
And I’m telling you now from my heart of hearts

I try and I try and try
I try and I try and try

He said, she said don’t don’t we all know
Round around chasing in circles
Lost and found but last night was so-so
He said, she said why such a low blow

Call and hide
You call you call and hide

I can’t count the times
That I’ve wished you dead inside my mind
And the closer that you come
As we fall apart
But knowing I can’t refuse
I’m telling you now it’s too late to start

I try and I try and try
I try and I try and try
I try and I try and try
I try and I try and you’re drying your eyes

He said, she said don’t don’t we all know
Round around chasing in circles
Lost and found but last night was so-so
He said, she said why such a low blow

Call and hide
You call you call and hide

Ok, you found me out
And here I’m backing down
Hoping that you’ll come off
It that you’ll come around
No sign of traction yet
Backyard you pace around
What do you take in yours
I’m call, I’m call, I’m calling out

And it’s a he said, she said don’t don’t we all know
Round around chasing in circles
Lost and found but last night was so-so
He said, she said why such a low blow

Away, Away

Written By: H. Kourkoutis/D. Major/L. Major

Away, Away

Away, away
Do not turn, don’t indicate

Remain, remain
If you think it’s taking shape

Don’t ask, don’t say
Don’t even talk, don’t act that way

Away, away
Not right not left not back or straight

Said with a pat on the arm
It wasn’t in the cards
You’ve still got your charms
It wasn’t in the cards

I knew, you knew
Something in the way you moved

But you move, you move
Without thinking it through

Confused, confused
When dreams stop short, stop coming true

And it’s true, it’s true
It’ll all come out in watching you

Your hand on your heart
It wasn’t in the cards

Twilight after sun
Coming around
If we’re tryin to hop the fence
I’ll help you down if you help me down
Moonlight after dark
And homeward bound
If we’re tryin to mend the fence
I’ll come around if you’ll come around

Tight spaces don’t you start
If not fire, perhaps a spark
From great heights a penny drops
Great whites and other sharks

You say there’s nothing wrong with me
You say there’s nothing wrong
You say there’s nothing wrong with me
You say there’s nothing wrong

Twilight after sun
Coming around
If we’re tryin to hop the fence
I’ll help you down if you help me down
Moonlight after dark
And homeward bound
If we’re tryin to mend the fence
I’ll come around if you’ll come around

You say, you say
You say there’s nothing wrong with me
A way, a way
You’ve got a way of holding on to me
You say, you say
You say there’s nothing wrong with me
A way, a way
You’ve got a way of holding on to me

Together Nights

Written By: H. Kourkoutis/D. Major/L. Major

Working your days together nights
Spent making sure and flicking lights
Pulling the covers tight
Turning over, over on
One side and back to the other song
The notes that calm

Marthe are you expecting
Marthe are you crying on the streets of the town
Cause this long and winter evening
Has turned into an awful lot of hanging around
Hanging around
Hanging around, I’m sick of hanging around

Wake up with a cough it sticks
For months and months and months you sit
Up and admit
But after all that she whispers I’m
Still glad to know you and then with a sigh
Her hand’s in mine

Marthe are you expecting
Marthe are you crying on the streets of the town
Cause this long and winter evening
Has turned into an awful lot of hanging around
Hanging around
Hanging around, I’m sick of hanging around

If you cried
Tears hid behind your eyes
Hid the letters to spell love between goodbyes
Take off
Pretend that it’s a cough
Pretending being
Easier
Easier than calling it off

Marthe are you expecting
Marthe are you crying on the streets of the town
Cause this long and winter evening
Has turned into an awful lot of hanging around
But what can we do now
What can we do now
Marthe a couple questions
Marthe are you reading in between the lines
And yes I know the feeling
I’m after having dealt with it a couple of times
But you say you’re fine
You say you’re fine
You say you’re fine
But I bet you’re lyin’

Back on the Lake

Written By: D. Major/L. Major./T. Welch

So you wait a half an hour for
The streetcar at Bathurst and Bloor
But at home
At home it’s snowing again, again in
May and maybe there’s a reason to
And maybe something happens
But God I missed you too
About this afternoon

Back on the lake
All alone watch as the plane takes
Off overhead
Your hands still cold and nothing said
No, nothing said

Night you don’t ask but you take her bike
And ride along Queen for like
Half an hour
An hour if you count the moon, you count the
Stars remember which ones are ours
The ones you have a song about
Say when they’re aligned
Leo to Orion

Back on the lake
And all alone watch as the plane takes
Off overhead
Your hands still cold and nothing said
No, nothing said
Flies overhead
And, nothing said

Turn twenty something forecast calls for rain
And if you’re counting I think it’s two years to the day
I think it must be two years to the

Day
Two years at the start of May
A quarter for the meter if
There’s another try
I won’t act surprised

Back on the lake
And all alone watch as the plane takes
Off overhead
Your hands still cold and nothing said
No, nothing said
Flies overhead
And head back to bed

Video

Written By: Luke Major

Hip shakes and the break of the day
The pretty ones they all decided to stay
Balanced up on the curb
Using such dirty words

You stumble right up to the counter and ask
Slurred words and did we see you last
Fucking night on the street
Mind if we have a seat

I said I’d have you for breakfast cause you’re my cup a tea
But she told me she said I can’t ever love you like you love me

Hey!

Rolling over up and into the clock
Six twenty-four but there is no one to talk
To about all the cuts
On your shins in your guts

Pick up the phone that hasn’t rung for a while
So many numbers but not one you could dial
And you’d have to explain
And just what could you say

I’d say I’d have you for breakfast cause you’re my cup a tea
But she’d tell me she’d say I can’t ever love you like you me

But then as it stands you’re lyin on the floor
And the neighbours upstairs slammin doors
But she doesn’t really wanna fight with you
And she don’t give a fuck about what you do
About what you do
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

And you’ll remember the time you and your brother passed
The fuckers holding hands and you knew at last
And that look on her face saying you’ve been cut
Out of my life and if we’re caught so what
If we’re caught so what
If we’re caught so what (ha ha ha ha ha ha)
If we’re caught so what

Discography

Sophomore album Say it Back released on December 17, 2010.
Debut album Another Month released on April 25, 2008.

Set List

He Said, She Said
Together Nights
Months Go By
Midnight
Away, Away
I'm Only Saying
Back on the Lake
Star, Star, Star
You've Talked
Folding Sheets
Lists of Lists
Sheets
Everyday and Every Night
Video
NYC
Call Me Up
Harder Than It Seems

Covers:
All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
Time to Pretend - MGMT

Our sets typically run between 30 and 90 minutes.