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Song Premiere: "Bulled Rose" by Nicholas Merz

Nicholas Merz - photo by Gordon De Los Santos
10 May 2018

Nicholas Merz; Photo Credit: Gordon De Los Santos

Today The Big Takeover has the pleasure of premiering ‘Bulled Rose’, the first single off of the forthcoming album by Seattle-based artist Nicholas Merz. His album The Limits of Men is slated for release on June 1 via Aagoo Records.

This is the debut solo album from Nicholas Merz – a nine-track offering. Although the album is really quite diverse in terms of genres, Aagoo did the right thing by making ‘Bulled Rose’ the lead single – not only is this a high-energy, positive, full-throttle track with proper Iggy drive, but it entails a sonic journey in the same storytelling way as Nick Cave regularly delivers, albeit with more intricate captivating twists and turns.

After releasing six albums with the Seattle indie rock explorers Darto, Merz has finally made his first solo album. This entails a collection of work is based on ideas he’s been thinking about since his teens.

The nine tracks on offer cover a broad spectrum ranging from upbeat alternative in true Darto style to singer-songwriter a la Nick Cave and even a few selection for an imaginary spaghetti western soundtrack.

By day Nicholas repairs and builds instruments out of Seattle, Washington. Between that and touring and writing with Darto, Merz has managed to write and record this album between December 2016 and February 2017.

Its offerings feature Darto bandmates Candace Harter, Gordon De Los Santos, and Gregory Flores, and his father Michael Blackbird, as well as friends Hiroshi Matsubara and Jeffery White. It was mixed by Cory Hanson and mastered by JJ Golden.

The Limits of Men will be available online through music stores and streaming platforms on Friday, June 1 in the USA and on Friday, July 6 in the EU with both versions being released via Aagoo Records. It can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp

1 Generation
2 Fashion
3 Man Without Woman
4 Bulled Rose
5 The Empress Of The Garden
6 Neon Figures
7 Domestic Dispute
8 Down Range
9 The Great American Tail

Also check out Merz’s previous work with Darto”



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