The Wicked Mercy bill themselves as apocalyptic blues and, if their heavy, lick-laden sound is any indication, it’s an apt descriptor. Led by Case Bronson (an assumed name based on local lore?), the band will take the stage at Bluesfest today at 2pm. But first, they were kind enough to answer some questions for us.
How would you describe your sound?
We’d describe our sound as gritty rock n’roll soaked in blues and whiskey and mixed with whatever feels good. Some tunes have Spanish melodies, psychdelic, prog-rock and funk elements.
How long have you been playing music, and how has your sound evolved over that time?
We’ve all been playing separately for a decade or so. This band came together a year and a half ago, regularly jamming and getting tight as a group. From when we started gigging in 2012 our sound has continued to evolve. Whereas at first all songs were written by our singer Case, we’re now writing more together. Our live performances keeps getting tighter the closer we get as a group. We put out our first album in April and we’ve now started recordings for our next one. We’re excited by the new songs we’re writing, which are helped by some of the new people we’re playing with, they’re a good direction and we’re gonna play a couple new ones on the Blacksheep Stage on the 13th.
What are you hoping to get out of your Bluesfest performance? Fans, adoration, festival experience?
We couldn’t be more excited for Bluesfest. We’re hoping to soak in the big festival experience and all that comes with it. We hope new people discover us and that we discover some new acts too. Whatever comes from it is welcomed, hopefully more festival gigs.
There’s a lot of bands we’re excited to see, to name a few; classic Grand Funk Railroad, The Waterboys, the black keys, Rush, Justin Townes Earle, Mississippi Heat…..
Who or what is your band’s nemesis?
Our nemesis: Silence. We put all the energy and force we’ve got into our music and performances. When the crowd sends that back to us it pushes us further. Silence is our nemesis.