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Name: Small Mercies
Established: 2000
Label: Modern Music
Small Mercies
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Drums – Marty O’Brien
Vocals – Steve Blaik
Guitar – Simon O’Connor
Guitar – Danny Procopis
Bass – Shaun Spooner


  • Formed in 2000 in Brisbane as teenagers.
  • Started developing songs influenced by 80’s and 90’s popular rock.
  • Signed to Rough Cut Publishing and John Woodruff Productions in 2001.
  • Produced and recorded songs with Dave Nicholas (INXS, Sting), Trey Bruce (Faith Hill) and mixed with Randy Staub (Nickelback, Metallica).
  • Performed live with such acts as The Cruel Sea, Pete Murray and The Superjesus.
  • Recently recorded debut EP with ARIA nominated engineer / producer Dave Leonard.
  • Signed management and co-label deal with Modern Music (The Butterfly Effect, Melodyssey, Japunga) in May 2004.
  • Debut EP due for release in August 2004 through Modern Music / Sony.

Aged in their early 20s, the individual members of Small Mercies have been performing for years, whilst collectively they have been a committed unit for four years. Their sound? Think tough U2, Counting Crows, Aerosmith and Pearl Jam. All are testament to the Small Mercies ideal of a great “band”, a tight, cohesive unit dedicated to great rock songs with melody and essence.

By 1999 Small Mercies (under the name Seventh Avenue) made it to the finals of the Brisbane Rock Awards and as a result played a showcase at the Queen Street Mall Basement. The venue manager was more than impressed and recommended the band to the promoters at Shawthing Entertainment. What followed was a string of good luck including deals with industry veteran John Woodruff and producing and recording songs with such experienced operators as Dave Nicholas, Trey Bruce and Randy Staub.

Small Mercies spent the next three years performing original material and covers at pubs, functions, gigs and anywhere they could be heard. Their songs and own identity started to take shape when Steve began to hone in on his skills as a songwriter and collaborated with Danny to form a talented songwriting team. Inspired by songwriters such as Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, the charismatic Steve Tyler (Aerosmith) and the great Bono from U2, they push boundaries whilst creating the most simplistic anthems with beautiful melodies and an impassioned delivery.

Source:courtesy of Australian Music Biz

Off The Record Off The Record
Release: Sep 2004
Label: Modern Music
Type: EP
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