Something magical has been brewing down in Launceston, Tasmania. Today, Meres emerges with sonic and visual offering, ‘Feardom’.
Conceived in the perfect echo chambers of Canada’s cheap motel bathrooms, Meres came into its own in northern Tasmania. The glittering brand of dreamy, fuzzed out punk explores “the dissident and the mundane”.
‘Feardom’ is a confessional exploration of themes of introversion, feelings of inadequacy and success and arrives with an accompanying a music video by Cameron Jones, providing a glimpse into Meres’ daily life trying to learn the ropes as Producer of a Youth Dance Company and struggles with the efforts involved to make yourself presentable in the public sphere.
In Meres’ words, “I was on tour with a couple of great bands while playing bass for Isla Ka. It was one of those defining moments of feeling a jealousy in the blistering heat of Brisbane, where a musician could take their shirt off quite happily in an effort to cool off from performing excellent bloody music (it’s really bloody excellent music). And I know if I were a confident and outspoken type of person like so many of the musicians I look up to, I’d also happily take my shirt off. But I am not that type of person. I’m modest and insular and introverted. I don’t want people to look at me, to listen to me, and yet I do, but that wanting that, kind of makes me feel like I am a lesser person. Like I don’t work hard enough to write the best music I can or perform with enough confidence. I think watching the bands that night made me realise…maybe it was time to turn everything upside down. And I had no idea what that looked like or meant. “
Meres is the solo project of Mary Shannon, (Bansheeland, Isla Ka). Her abstract, multi-layered approach takes notes from the likes of Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, U.S slacker rockers Bad History Monthand Australian punk icon Adalita, with a dynamic live set that lends itself to solo performance featuring trash beat electronic drums and the full wrath of her four-piece band. ‘Feardom’ is a galvanizing first cut of what’s to come for the Tasmanian artist.
Meres’ (pron. “Mairs”) new single ‘Feardom’ is OUT NOW