Wellington rock trio Mermaidens are quickly proving that they are one of the most intriguing bands to come out of New Zealand in recent times. Formed in 2013, Mermaidens have played support for a number of top international acts including Death Cab For Cutie, Mac Demarco, and Sleater-Kinney. The trio consists of guitarist/vocalist Gussie Larkin, bassist/vocalist Lily West, and drummer Abe Hollingsworth. Their impressive debut album Undergrowth contains elements of dreamy, grungy, gothic rock with hints of psychedelic influence. Gussie & Lily cohesively deliver slightly haunting vocals which are fed into reverb & delay pedals. Sometimes the vocals turn into harmonic choruses, sometimes chant-like cries (as heard on title-track Undergrowth).
Mermaidens sat down with The Wireless to give a short commentary of each song on the album. Lily discussed how the first track Under The Mountain II (along with its video) came about:
‘UTMII’ was pieced together over many mind bending practices. The bass and guitar are the same riff out of sync and it took some time to find to best way to play it. When I was writing this I’d been doing a lot of drawings of little creatures and nature. The song is pretty much about them and discussing possession over living things. The song received video funding and I was lucky enough to get to animate the video. Now I watch the video and my voice and drawings have bought these little creatures to life. It’s a bit magic.
Clocking in at 38 minutes the album is a great introduction to the band and caps off a promising start to what is hopefully another successful year for Mermaidens.