THE MERCY KILLS met in St Kilda, Melbourne. They knew each other from the local live music scene. Mark E, Jen X, Nathalie Gelle and Josh Black fell in together over similar tastes in music and the desire to kick out a great live show. Since deciding on THE MERCY KILLS for a name (taken from a line in Rocky Horror) the foursome set a frantic pace of writing songs, playing shows and recording. In early 2010 THE MERCY KILLS recorded the single Wasting/Save closely followed by their EP, New Rule. Cherry Rock was next, being invited to join a killer line up of great bands including Rose Tattoo at Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane, Melbourne. 2011 was a busy year for TMK with more recording, interstate shows, live to air performances on 3RRR, 3PBS and the cable TV show Rock’n’Roll DNA on FOXTEL. In June THE MERCY KILLS were thrilled to be asked to play alongside YOU AM I and TUMBLEWEED for the 2011 Reclink Community Cup at Elsternwick Park. The day was a great success with thousands of people raising thousands of dollars for charity. In December TMK launched two singles made up of some new material and a few tracks from their previous New Rule EP. The four songs I Wanna/New Rule and Can’t Stop/Fall were released as a new offering in the lead up to the next EP. A video clip for ‘I Wanna’ has been shot by Melbourne rock photographer Carbie Warbie, due out in March 2012. As 2011 drew to a close, the icing on this Rock’n’Roll cake of a year came in the form of an interview with the legendary NEW YORK DOLLS. Australian Musician Magazine invited TMK to interview the DOLLS for its December issue. THE MERCY KILLS hung out with the guys over two nights, saw them play two killer shows and got on famously. Another unexpected highlight that came late in the year was joining a LE BUTCHERETTES show with Teri Gender Bender and OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ (At The Drive In/ Mars Volta) on stage at the Northcote Social Club. TMK were also invited to play at LE BUTCHERETTES after party at Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane, Melbourne.
In 2012 THE MERCY KILLS released their 3rd EP ‘Say You Do’ available through MGM Distribution and iTunes. The first track from the EP, ‘Can’t Stop’ was chosen for the soundtrack of Australian film Murderdrome, the worlds first Roller Derby/Slasher /Zombie movie. In 2013 TMK released their debut Album ‘Happy To Kill You’ and subsequently toured with international artists such as KILLING JOKE & DEATHSTARS. The band kicked into 2014 with high energy shows, more recording and a support slot for the legendary MISFITS at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne. A new release is coming soon with more killer shows and an overseas tour.