New album Look Me in the Eye out via Flying Nun Records 6th September
New Zealand trio share ‘I Might Disappear’ and UK tour dates
Fresh off the tarmac after an extensive tour of the UK and Europe, Mermaidens announce their new record, Look Me In The Eye. The trio’s third full-length album is due out September 6th on Flying Nun Records worldwide and available to pre-order here. They have also revealed the first track from the upcoming release, called ‘I Might Disappear’ accompanied with a music video
“Being close to someone can bring you to share all the weird thoughts and anxieties that wouldn’t usually leave the inside of your mind. In a way, I think that’s the best thing about intimate relationships. But it’s also really scary! ‘I Might Disappear’ is a song about the mess of feelings I have when I make myself vulnerable to another person, and the dread that this will push them away,” the band said of the track.
Mermaidens are also proud to announce the release of a limited edition, custom Mermaidens effects pedal, aptly called ‘Moon Cycle’, built and designed by kiwi amp-maker, Emerald Rose.
Pre-order the limited edition gatefold pressing of Look Me in the Eye through Bandcamp to be entered into a draw to win the custom effects pedal! Pre-order HERE.
UK Tour Dates
Saturday 21st September – Elsewhere, Margate
Sunday 22nd September – The Library, Oxford
Monday 23rd September – The Hug And Pint, Glasgow
Tuesday 24th September – Picture House Social, Sheffield
Wednesday 25th September – Old Blue Last, London
Look Me In The Eye sees Mermaidens scale new territory and fearlessly pushing sonic boundaries. Drawing on influences such as Warpaint and PJ Harvey, the three-piece have produced a body of work as severe and progressive as it is vibrant and exhilarating. At the heart of the record lies the thematic exploration of female voices, as band members Gussie Larkin (co-lead vocals/guitar), Lily West (co-lead vocals/bass) and Abe Hollingsworth (drums) expose motifs of exterior masks, human relationships and power dynamics with unflinching fervour. The title of the new album is intentional in its double-meaning, as notions of confrontation and intimacy collide to unearth the tangled paradoxes of human connection. The voices and perspectives of both front-women shape the record with equal footing, creating a dialogue around female collaboration and friendship.
Look Me In The Eye was recorded with long time collaborator, audio engineer James Goldsmith at Blue Barn Studio in the trio’s hometown of Wellington. Predominantly writing songs independently and then coming together as a trio to work through arrangements and develop ideas, Mermaidens mobilised their strengths in collaboration to produce a body of music that is every bit as experimental, as it is accessible and uniting.
This year has also seen the release of their 7” split single ‘You Maintain The Stain/Cut It Open’. The A-side, ‘You Maintain The Stain’ (featuring the now precursory hint lyric “you won’t look me in the eye”) secured the #1 spot on New Zealand’s Alternative Airplay Chart, as well as topping the nation’s Student Radio Network Chart, following their mini tour of Aotearoa.
Crying in the Office
I Might Disappear
Best to Hate the Man