Oh Mercy (band)

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Oh Mercy
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Associated acts The Preytells
Members Alexander Gow
Eliza Lam
Rohan Sforcina
Simon Okely
Past members Thom Savage
Annabel Griggs (touring keys)
Cliff Bowden (touring guitar)

Oh Mercy is an indie rock band from Melbourne, Victoria.[1] Originally started by Alexander Gow,[2] the band expanded to a quartet by 2008.[3]


The band's music has received national rotation on Australian national radio station, Triple J,[4] and all three of the band's albums was a featured album on the station.[5]

Achievements and awards[edit]

AMP Award[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2009 "Privileged Woes" Redbull Outstanding Potential Award Won

The Australian Music Prize (The AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The award made by Australian Music Prize Ltd, a sole-purpose entity sponsored by a variety of music industry figures and record companies. The AMP was established in 2005. Unlike the more mainstream ARIA music awards, The Amp aims to encourage Australian music of excellence - the prize's stated aim is to "financially reward and increase exposure for an Australian artist (or group of artists) who have produced and commercially released what specially appointed judges vote is the best contemporary music album in any one calendar year". In this sense, The AMP is broadly comparable to the UK's Mercury Music Prize.

ARIA Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Great Barrier Grief" Breakthrough Artist - Album Nominated[6]
"Great Barrier Grief" Best Cover Art - Ken Done Nominated
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2012 "Deep Heat" Best Rock Album Nominated
"Deep Heat" Best Cover Art Nominated

The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known as ARIA Music Awards or ARIA Awards) is an annual series of awards nights celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

EG Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2012 Oh Mercy Best Group Nominated
Oh Mercy Outstanding Achievement Won

In 2012, the band was nominated in the 2012 EG Music Awards, run by The Age newspaper sold in Victoria, Australia, alongside Something For Kate, The Temper Trap and The Dirty Three, among others. Oh Mercy won the 2012 EG Award for Outstanding Achievement. As of 2012, the EG Music Awards is in its seventh year, the EG Awards and is the largest reader-voted music awards in Australia.[7]

Band members[edit]

  • Alexander Gow
  • Eliza Lam
  • Rohan Sforcina
  • Simon Okely


  • In the Nude for Love EP (2009) - Casadeldisco[8]
  • Privileged Woes (2009) - Casadeldisco/Shock[9]
  • Great Barrier Grief (2011) - Casadeldisco/EMI[10][11][12]
  • Deep Heat (2012) - Casadeldisco/EMI
  • When We Talk About Love (2015) - EMI (No. 28 AUS)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kuch, Jesse (16 June 2011), "HYPE Life, love and truth", The Cairns Post 
  2. ^ "Catch them in the Nude", MX (Australia), 12 June 2009 
  3. ^ "No woes as Oh Mercy hit road", The Chronicle (Toowoomba), 1 October 2009 
  4. ^ "Big-name help pays off for band", Fremantle Cockburn Gazette, 16 June 2011 
  5. ^ "Good grief, Mercy", The Canberra Times, 17 March 2011 
  6. ^ "And the ARIA nominees are ...", The Daily Mercury, 14 October 2011 
  7. ^ "The Age 2012 EG Music Awards". The Age. 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Hammond, Graeme (24 May 2009), "In the Nude For Love review", Sunday Herald Sun 
  9. ^ "Oh Mercy", The Canberra Times, 17 September 2009 
  10. ^ Bastow, Clem (22 May 2011), "Great Barrier Grief review", Sunday Age 
  11. ^ Humphries, Glen (31 March 2011), "Great Barrier Grief review", Illawarra Mercury 
  12. ^ Rodway, Anna (6 March 2011), "Great Barrier Grief review", Sunday Herald Sun 

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