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Mermaidens announce UK and European Tour dates, shares You Maintain The Stain video

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Following a successful mini tour of Aotearoa, Mermaidens share the music video for 'You Maintain The Stain' (#1), the a-side of their 7" split single You Maintain The Stain / Cut It Open, out now on Flying Nun Records. See below for full list of UK and European tour dates, just announced this morning.

'You Maintain the Stain', a stern letter to “The Man” that resembles a big, subtle middle finger to the messed up power structures in this world. The stain refers to the deep-seeded microaggressions that so many experience. The stain is all that is bad.

“It's about being assertive and having attitude - thus defying gendered expectations that women should handle situations in a calm, kind way,” explains bassist/vocalist Lily West.

Blow by deathly blow, “The Man” gets dragged through a hot sludge of heavy bass-filled corridors, overcut by Gussie Larkin’s angular, off-kilter guitar lines - a topical gnawing of teeth fresh from the kill.

“You won’t look me in the eye, you’re afraid I see you. You can’t hide. Your things cast a light… I see through you, I see right through...” sings West in a cold, certain voice over a series of hard hitting sonic bludgeons, emphasized by Abe Hollingsworth’s dynamic work on the kit.

This is Mermaidens louder, more crushing and propulsive than ever. They are in their element, and at their most raw and confronting.

Stream You Maintain the Stain / Cut It Open here:
Spotify | Apple Music | iTunes

Listen to newly released B-side 'Cut It Open':
https://soundcloud.com/flyingnunrecords/cut-it-open/s-qLmUY

The earliest sketches of Wellington trio Mermaidens follows the story arch of how most bands start; through long-term friendship and bonding over music that shaped their salad days. For Mermaidens, it was an eclectic melting pot of PJ Harvey, Warpaint and Fugazi to name a few.

Together, childhood friends Gussie Larkin (guitar/vocals), Lily West (bass/vocals) and Abe Hollingsworth (drums) form a powerful trinity of unwavering creativity and relentless work ethic. Their time together as Mermaidens has been a fruitful one; a timeline consisting of two critically acclaimed albums, being signed to iconic indie label Flying Nun Records, and a wide range of live supports that include Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie, Lorde, Mac DeMarco, and The Veils.

The internationally acclaimed Perfect Body (which drew a 2018 Taite Music Prize nomination) saw their circle of influence expand to a new, global audience. With its progressive and cinematic stylings on angular post-punk and grungeGoldFlakePaint said the record “should prove to be one of the summer’s most brilliant long-players," while long-time music critic Graham Reid of Elsewhere confirmed it as “a real listening experience.” Clash Magazine praised the record for its “Noisy, scratchy, enigmatic songwriting.” But perhaps it was God Is In The TV that explained the commanding presence of the record best by saying “I can quite believe that some of their tracks have mystical properties.”

Come 2019 and the trio are set to release a body of new work. The first split single 7” "You Maintain the Stain" / "Cut It Open" was released in April on Flying Nun Records. The band are in a new space. We are in darker, more confrontingly uncomfortable territory.


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Aldous Harding shares 'Fixture Picture'

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“Both fascinating and frightening, highly eccentric and blisteringly beautiful – a record destined to worm its way deep under the skin.” Q ★★★★★

“Cryptic and deeply idiosyncratic songs, a record you don’t want to turn your back on in any way.”
MOJO ★★★★

“It’s easy to become swept up in this world of sustained and excruciating beauty.”
Uncut 8/10

“A warm, textured collection of songs that breathe life at every corner.” DIY ★★★★


Today, Aldous Harding shares a new song and video for ‘Fixture Picture’ from her forthcoming third album Designer, out April 26 on Flying Nun Records (New Zealand). Co-directed by Aldous Harding and Jack Whiteley, the video’s suspenseful opening scene finds Harding strumming her guitar on the white cliffs of Dover. The pay-off comes later with a dramatic and enigmatic live performance by Harding and her band inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

‘Fixture Picture’ follows first album single ‘The Barrel’ and its delightfully off-kilter accompanying video, the latter described as “uplifting and beautifully arranged,” by MOJO, with the Guardian saying “her spell remains strong." Watch ‘The Barrel’ video here.

Aldous Harding’s third album, Designer is released on 26th April and finds the New Zealander hitting her creative stride. After the sleeper success of Party (Taite Music Prize winner 2018), Harding came off a 200-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road. Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen. From the bold strokes of opening track ‘Fixture Picture’, there is an overriding sense of an artist confident in their work, with contributions from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart broadening and complimenting Harding’s rich and timeless songwriting.

Joined by her new 4-piece band, Aldous Harding kicked off a string of US dates with a SOLD OUT show in NYC on Monday night. Brooklyn Vegan called the performance “flat out amazing” adding “there was a clear connection between her and the audience, who were pin-drop quiet and hung on every note.”

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Aldous Harding
Designer
26 April 2019


1. Fixture Picture

2. Designer

3. Zoo Eyes

4. Treasure

5. The Barrel

6. Damn

7. Weight of the Planets

8. Heaven is Empty

9. Pilot

Pre-save and preorder Designer, out April 26 on Flying Nun Records (NZ)
https://aldousharding.ffm.to/designer

To celebrate the release of Designer in Harding’s home territory, Flying Nun Records will press a special, limited edition blue/black colour vinyl for New Zealand fans. Pre-order now from Flying Out  or your local music store.

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Mermaidens share 'You Maintain the Stain', announce 7" vinyl + NZ tour dates

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Fresh off performing at this year’s Newtown Festival, Mermaidens announce four New Zealand tour dates in celebration of their 7” split single You Maintain the Stain / Cut It Open, due out Friday 5th April (physical release) on Flying Nun Records.

Today, the Wellington trio share a hair-raising new track ‘You Maintain the Stain’. It is a stern letter to “The Man” that resembles a big, subtle middle finger to the messed up power structures in this world. The stain refers to the deep-seeded microaggressions that so many experience. The stain is all that is bad.

Blow by deathly blow, “The Man” gets dragged through a hot sludge of heavy bass-filled corridors, overcut by Larkin’s angular, off-kilter guitar lines - a topical gnawing of teeth fresh from the kill.

“You won’t look me in the eye, you’re afraid I see you. You can’t hide. Your things cast a light… I see through you, I see right through...” sings West in a cold, certain voice over a series of hard hitting sonic bludgeons, emphasized by Hollingsworth’s dynamic work on the kit. This is Mermaidens louder, more crushing and propulsive than ever. They are in their element, and at their most raw and confronting.

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Listen to ‘You Maintain the Stain’ here:
Spotify | Apple Music | Soundcloud

You Maintain the Stain / Cut It Open 7” vinyl is available for pre-order now:
https://orcd.co/youmaintainthestain

MERMAIDENS 7” RELEASE NZ TOUR

Friday 5 April - darkroom, Christchurch

Saturday 6 April - The Cook, Dunedin

Friday 12 April - Meow, Wellington

Saturday 13 April - Neck of the Woods, Auckland

Ticket bundles available:

Ticket $18 + bf

Ticket + 7" Vinyl $32 + bf

Ticket + 7" Vinyl + Tote Bag $45 + bf

Tickets on sale now from Undertheradar

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