MESMERE

MESMERE

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Suave progressive rock, fraught with jazz textures, Mesmere harness a powerful and unique vocal sound backed by a seething mass of guitar trickery and innovation. Intelligent music and stories of real emotion.

Biography

Mesmere (pronounced Mez-meer) derives from the word mesmerize.
Mesmerise (v):
- to attract strongly, as if with a magnet
- To induce hypnosis, a state of heightened awareness and focused concentration that can be used to manipulate perception

This definition encapsulates Mesmere's compelling sound, which is propelling their new album “An Overlong Welcome” onto the international scene. Their music blends genres artfully, providing a listener with the opportunity to groove on the melodic and harmonic offerings, or immersing one in layer after layer of sound, weaving a tapestry that is stunning in its complexity and beauty—but eminently listenable..

But it’s not the coming together that defines Mesmere as much as the sheer diversity of experience they bring to the stage and recording studio. From performing in metal, funk, jazz and rock bands to writing and performing theatre, this is a group of artists that’s not inclined to enforce a rigid style of performance. Instead, their music has evolved organically as each member continues to develop his or her art. This refusal to limit ideas has led to some very interesting and elaborate music, and based on their rapidly growing fan base, it’s a concept that is working very well.

This willingness to experiment derives, perhaps, from the broad spectrum of influences that informs their work: Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Radiohead, Tool, Nick Cave, Nina Simone, and Janis Joplin, among others.

Critically-acclaimed for the epic nature of their sound, Mesmere is at home in large venues where they can fill space with big sound and striking visuals, but they are equally able to create intimate moments during which the audience hangs off of every word. The emphasis in their music is on creating emotional connections, with a powerful vocal centrepiece to a rhythm section built on intricate arrangements embedded in a seething mass of guitar trickery.

Mesmere’s music strikes a fine balance: between beauty and destruction, peace and unease. Listeners are swept into a raging torrent of sound that builds and builds to crashing crescendos, all the while being seduced by intriguing stories and rich emotion.

Mesmere’s website is located at www.mesmere.com or www.myspace.com/mesmere.

“An intriguing blend of styles…Mesmere certainly live up their name.”
- Brett Collingwood, Rave Magazine

“An Overlong Welcome is an ethereal exploration of texture and dynamic. (It) chimes where it should and punishes appropriately.”
- Evan Alexander, The Blurb

Lyrics

Avoiding Black Holes

Written By: Maryanne Stewart, Jeremy Wellard

Yes there are quite a few things I regret
Like turning down a night of complicity for small talk

Or wagering all on a life between ledgers
All of my energy sublimated into everyone else

The gradual disillusionment of the last too many hours
Of which I have nothing to show

But a pen pressed too hard into paper
Why couldn’t I just say no?

Why go on like this
When the city is illuminated
Briefly precious
Why go on like this
When the perfect words are tattooed on your palm

When I think of the covering white lies
Avoiding Black Holes
Accepting just that little bit less

All that time eaten by hesitation
Why couldn’t I just say yes?

Why go on like this
When the city is illuminated
Briefly precious
Why go on like this
When the perfect words are tattooed on your palm

Keepsakes

Written By: Maryanne Stewart, Jeremy Wellard

I’d never numb my demons they are needed
To settle old scores
Slashed across my cheeks
The glow of acid revives and plays
Across old stages
Taking curtain calls

Are you my lithium
A trip to calmer sees
The dark, full and warm tucking me in
More I could tell you
As I hover awake
With your peaceful face

Fingers play over Keepsakes
Tarnished and unsteady
I have slipped away
To turn old pages
From alkaline to acid
To rise inside of me
Inside of me


Are you my lithium
A trip to calmer sees
The dark, full and warm tucking me in
More I could tell you
As I hover awake
With your peaceful face

How completely delusional
To think justice comes to those who wait in your arms

Are you my lithium
A trip to calmer sees
The dark, full and warm tucking me in
More I could tell you
As I hover forever awake
With your peaceful face

Corridors

Written By: Maryanne Stewart / Jeremy Wellard

If your parachutes
Could hold you in their arms
Help you walk on air
And tell you
You’re the only one

Would you still sink
Into cumulo nimbus
Drink in acid rain
Fade away…

For a minute short of forever you wait
To throw yourself against the wind
Between this world and the next you hang
Then swallowed by the storm

It’s the corridors I fear
It’s the smell of tears
And when the silence weighs
I can tell you
You’re the lucky one


For a minute short of forever you wait
To throw yourself against the wind
Between this world and the next you hang
Then swallowed by the storm

If your parachutes
Refused to open
And you missed the ground
And fell further

Discography

'An Overlong Welcome' - Album - Released June 2006. Tracks available worldwide through Ingrooves digital distribution. First single 'Keepsakes' has received airplay Australia wide.
'A Plague of Angels' - EP - released November 2004 (Under the name 'Mosaic').

Set List

All original material.
2 x 45min sets rock
2 x 1 hr sets acoustic/jazz-rock