""Raw and energetic, unpretentious and self-assured"" - ManchesterMusic.co.uk
The Merge story should already be the stuff of legend; a rip-roaring rock’n’roll odyssey set to a backdrop of U.K pop culture at its very best.
From their days in St Helier rehearsing 6 nights a week in an old fort in Jersey to the fully established Manchester band they are today, to gigging alongside Kasabian, Razorlight, Snow Patrol, Editors and others - not to mention a number of appearances at several top festivals including Jersey Live (twice), The Merge have emerged as a force to be reckoned with.
With only main songwriter Ross Edgar on vocals and keys player Nick Healey being the only surviving original Merge members after the original members headed back home, Gary Farnsworth took on the mantle of bassist, and few could have imagined the impact he would make. Farny gave the band a powerful edge which would soon prove to be a perfect foil for the next Mancunian to join the ranks - Paul Murphy on drums, who's power and impact was there for all to see.
The Merge soon forged a new sound - a newfound sense of groove, a brooding, darker side to what they were used to but one which retained the riffs, power and purpose that established them to the masses in the first place. The energy was back.
No matter what obsticals they confront, they will always confound the critics. The Merge know what they're doing & it's only a matter of time before the mainstream realise what they're missing.
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