Mercy Years

Mercy Years

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN

‘Every time I’ve seen Mercy Years, they’ve been better than the time before that. Every time they’ve said, “this is a new song”, it’s been their best one yet. Three guitars. Multiple lead vocalists. Mercy Years don’t make the obvious decisions. The ideas arrive in layers.’
- Robert Collins, CTV BC


Born out of Vancouver’s coffee scene, Mercy Years is a collaboration from parts of British Columbia, the Canadian Prairies and London, England. Euphoric melodies and driving rhythms reflect their expansive origins; hints of the UK post-punk scene are melded with Cascadian indie-rock textures resulting in a stirring wall of sound.

The initial spark was an answer to a Craigslist ad for musicians in autumn 2009. Then came a failed attempt at formation, leaving guitarists Nick Russell and Adam Sharp to assemble a collection of songs over the next ten months, strong on their own but begging for additional instrumentation. Benjamin Mott found employment at the same café as Adam and, with the help of a shared love of Bloc Party and Broken Social Scene, secured a spot as third guitarist. Building on the momentum of a new member, as well as a rough basement demo of their first song “I Blew Overboard”, the trio recruited Jamison Gladysz on drums and Matt Gostelow on bass, both veterans of the Vancouver coffee scene themselves. Knowing that their songs were written with a female vocalist in mind, Hannah Walker, yet another local barista, was added to the mix.

Mercy Years has spent the last eight months developing their local reputation and playing venues including the Biltmore Cabaret, the Railway Club, the Yale Hotel and the Cobalt. Enlisting the help of old friend/new producer Cam Tatham, they have recently finished recording their debut EP at Tugboat Place, the personal studio of one time indie pioneer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat). Set to be released on their own label at the end of April and with a tour of western Canada taking place in May, the band has enlisted the help of Laura Genschorek on keyboards and vocals to help them realize the in-studio additions to their songs. The ball is well and truly rolling…


Debut EP release: Late April 2012

Set List

Material for up to 1 hour.

'Stripped down' acoustic set is also an option.