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People fit together like puzzle pieces. When they converge, the full picture comes into focus. Merging distinct personalities and inspirations, Merci implement seamless sonic synthesis. The Washington, D.C. quintet—Seth Coggeshall [vocals, guitar], Nick Jones [guitar], Colby Witko [vocals, keys], Justinn Mason [bass], and Jack Dunigan [drums]—funnel dreamy nocturnal pop through the lens of dyed-in-the-wool rock underpinned by live instrumentals on (Think Lana Del Rey reimagining Foo Fighters’ The Colour and the Shape, and you’re halfway there!). grinding it out around The DMV in various groups since high school, they make their introduce on on a series of singles and a forthcoming 2021 full-length debut for Rise Records.
“We take disparate influences that shouldn’t go together and smash them together,” Seth states. “There’s a slightly dark beauty to it. It’s a bit on the gloomy side, but it’s also powerful and emotive. It’s technical without self-indulgence. It’s a little futuristic yet it’s not how you’d expect a ‘band’ to sound. It’s ambient and digital, but there are still five guys in there playing music.”
“None of us want to stop playing our instruments,” smiles Nick. “We’re filling this musical tapestry as a unit.”
My Kid Brother rose up out of Leesburg, VA with a singular sound reflective of the city’s small-town intimacy, yet wildly ambitious all at once. The quintet—Christian Neonakis [vocals, guitar], Piano Whitman [keyboard, vocals], Sam Athanas [drums], Dylan Savopolous [guitar], and Richard Smith [bass]—fuse warm piano, wistful psychedelic melodies, off-kilter guitar, wiry grooves, iridescent harmonies, and male-female vocal interplay throughout their self-titled debut EP for Fearless Records, My Kid Brother.
“We’ve definitely gotten a lot of inspiration and support from where we come from,” exclaims Richard. “There’s no place like Leesburg. There’s a lot of excitement in the community around music. When I think of all the places I’ve lived, not one gave a fuck about music quite like this place does. It helped us grow.”