More people really need to know how great Mere Women are.
Created by Milk! & Bedroom Suck Records back in 2017, the Split Singles Club idea was born out of a simple idea: to bring together and document the local creative and music community right here in Australia. This year’s iteration features fresh cuts from strong local talents such as RVG and Harmony, as well as the subject of this here little article, Sydney’s Mere Women.
Taken from the second volume of the new Split Singles Club release – featuring 12 bands across two labels, curated this year by Poison City Records and Our Golden Friend – ‘Skin‘ is a lively and dark post-punk tune; full of instrumental space and brooding lyrical depth, all written about how ourselves and others perceive that of our physical forms (mainly in a critical and negative light). Yet amongst the track’s negativity of people’s shallow perceptions of the skin, there is a light here to the NSW band’s message of self-love and body positivity.
The vocals of bandleader/keyboardist Amy Wilson are just as immense and emotional as ever, the song’s eerie guitar licks and melodies are s engrossing, and the driving percussion and core bass rhythm of the track give Mere Women a moving power that they haven’t really had before on a recording. In fact, much like most of Mere Women’s grand yet sadly underrated output, ‘Skin‘ really is a haunting and terrific piece that would not have gone amiss on the band’s 2017 LP, the wonderfully bleak ‘Big Skies‘ – a truly solid record that I shortlisted in my end of year write-up with very good reason.
Go and stream ‘Skin‘ below. It is well worth your time!
Catch Mere Women on the following tour dates:
Fri 11 May | The Odd Fellow, Fremantle WA w/ Cold Meat & Cosy
Sat 12 May | The Bird, Perth WA w/ Nerve Quakes & Zerodent
Sat 19 May | The Tote, Melbourne VIC w/ Dianas & Golden Syrup
14 June | Whammy, Auckland NZ
16 June | San Fran, Wellington NZ
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