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TJ MONKLEY

BORIS WORM (& friend)

KEVIN MITCHELL

THE HOOVERS

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THE MERKINS

 ‘Love The Future Tour’ – HARVEY KNOWS A KILLER, THE MERKINS
December 2010, South Island New Zealand

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Album Launch: THE MERKINS “WANGO BANGO (you know you want it)”
@ Baby G’s with Shady Shocase, Foot Versus Cat, 22nd July 2011

Terry & Leon (‘Foot Versus Cat’) opening for Shady Shocase

 

The Merkins’ WANGO BANGO reviewed by Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times
27 Nov 2011 under “CD OF THE WEEK” (four stars):

Text reads:

Feisty mongrel has rough charm

This band has three main things going for it. One: Like The Ramones, all members have adopted the same surname – “Merkin”, an Olde-English term for a pubic wig. Two: They live in Nelson like me, and can therefore expect a generous review so they don’t thump me in the street. And three: Their press release is not only terrible but deliberately terrible, full of bogus quotes and claims that their sound is a distillation of “cowboy music, 21st century Caspian fishing shanties, proto-surf and civil war children’s verse”.
Singer/guitarist Terry Merkin furtively inserted the CD into my letterbox one night with a note promising “a lifetime supply of pear wine” if I bothered to listen to it, so I did. I was delighted to discover this six-song “mini album” is a ripper, brimming with unpolished garage rock/surf-punk energy – a feisty musical mongrel with the rough charm, suspect parentage and ripe aroma of a stray pooch rescued from the SPCA. Album highlight “Premonition” sounds like Tom Waits with a migraine, with a malevolent Bad Seeds chiming in on the choruses. This, of course, is a very good thing, which is more than can be said for that pear wine.

The Merkins at Vivi’s 50th in Harvey’s Barn 17/11/12