“We did the first album in 2010, and we didn't really know what we were doing industry-wise or even band-wise; we were just mates who got together to do something fun because we were all in other bands that were more like a job than fun. [The Mercy Beat] just turned into the most fun thing so we quit all the other bands,” he chuckles.
“But we didn't really know what we were doing with the first album so it probably would have been good to milk a bit more out of those songs. We're still really proud of [our debut] and everything, but we're just trying to get a bit more road time off these new songs, anyway.”
Latest single Fishbowl is the second instalment in a three-release triple A-side stretch, a song about the pressures that derive from being in your late-20s/early-30s, still wanting to rock too hard and drink too much, but feeling the weight of regular society on your shoulders. It's a song that documents the push/pull so many independent band's face.
“It's definitely not like a 'woe is me'-kinda vibe song at all, but it's more like a social observation,” the guitarist and vocalist explains. “Like, there's a couple of different ways you can look at it, so you can be down about it or you can [just] roll with it.”
This week's new sets include the return of UK's Foals plus local acts Last Dinosaurs, The Snowdroppers and The Paper Kites.