Weyes Blood

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Weyes Blood
Weyes Blood by Kathryn Vetter Miller in 2019.
Weyes Blood in 2019.
Background information
Birth nameNatalie Mering
Born (1988-06-11) June 11, 1988 (age 30)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresPsychedelic pop, baroque pop, psychedelic folk, soft rock
Occupation(s)recording artist/producer
Years active2010–present
LabelsSub Pop, Not Not Fun, Mexican Summer
Websitehttp://www.weyesblood.com/

Natalie Mering (born June 11, 1988), known professionally as Weyes Blood (pronounced Wize Bluhd), is an American musician. She has released four albums and an EP.

Biography[edit]

Mering was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.[1] Both her siblings and parents are musicians and music played an important part in her upbringing. Her older brother, Zak Mering, is also a recording artist, producer and songwriter under the "Raw Thrills" alias.[2]

At the age of 15 Mering began using the moniker Wise Blood to write songs. She changed to Weyes Bluhd on several self released records before changing the spelling to Weyes Blood.[3][4] She took the name from the Flannery O'Connor novel Wise Blood.[5] At the same time, while working on her own material, she toured the underground music scene with bands Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac.[6]

In 2011 she released the album The Outside Room as Weyes Blood And The Dark Juices on Not Not Fun Records.[7][8] Uncut magazine described the album as "the vibe is devotional and ethereal, but with an edge",[9] while Beatbots found it "an impressive and ambitious album".[10] Natalie released her second record in October 2014 called The Innocents, which was released through Mexican Summer.[11] It was recorded in rural Pennsylvania, Mering's apartment and Gary's Electric Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.[3] It included contributions by Jacob Brunner (drums) and James Strong (bass).[4] Mering described the theme of the album as "it's about young love. It's about my first real relationship that went really awry".[3]

In 2016 she released the album Front Row Seat to Earth on Mexican Summer to great acclaim throughout the music industry, and has spent the past few years touring throughout Europe and the States.[12] NPR claims that the album reexamines "intimacy and idealism in ways that showcase Mering's gift for measuring and mediating heady emotions".[13]

On February 12, 2019, a new album titled Titanic Rising was announced and available to pre-order on her website, along with dates of her upcoming tour.[14] The album was released on April 5, 2019.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Details US
[15]
US
Heat

[15]
UK
[16]
AUS
[17]
2011 The Outside Room
2014 The Innocents
  • Released: October 21
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • Format: LP, digital download
2016 Front Row Seat to Earth
  • Released: October 21
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download
23
2019 Titanic Rising
  • Released: April 5
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Format: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
34
3
68
37
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details
2011 Angels in America / Weyes Blood Split
  • Released: August 15
  • Label: Northern Spy
  • Format: LP, digital download
2015 Cardamom Times
  • Released: October 19
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • Format: LP, digital download
2017 Myths 002 (alongside Ariel Pink)
  • Released: January 27
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • Format: LP, digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2015 "Cardamom"
Cardamom Times
2017 "Tears on Fire" (alongside Ariel Pink)
Myths 002
"A Certain Kind"/"Everybody's Talking"
2019 "Andromeda"
Titanic Rising
"Everyday"
"Movies"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2014 "Some Winters" Winston H Case
2015 "Bad Magic" Joey Frank
"In the Beginning" Kai Davey-Bellin and Laura-Lynn Petrick
2016 "Seven Words" Charlotte Linden Ercoli Coe
"Do You Need My Love" Natalie Mering
"Generation Why"
"Used To Be" Laura-Lynn Petrick
2019 "Everyday" Natalie Mering
"Movies"

Collaborations[edit]

Year Song Album Artist
2008 "Jesse's Party" Together Again Raw Thrills
"I Lost Something in the Hills" Drugs
2011 "Where" So Post
2013 "One Side Art" Essential Thrills
2012 "Early Birds of Babylon" Mature Themes[1] Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
2015 "The Chat" Timeline[18][19] Mild High Club
2017 "Suddenly" The End of Comedy[20] Drugdealer
"The End of Comedy"
"Sides" No Shape Perfume Genius
"Friend of Lindy Morrison" Bravado Kirin J Callinan
2018 "Blessed Be the Meek (Let Me Be)" Mondo Combo Raw Thrills
"God's Favorite Customer" God's Favorite Customer Father John Misty
"Grey Area" Like a Baby Jerry Paper
2019 "Honey" Drugdealer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dominguez, Mary Lynn (January 10, 2015). "THERE WILL BE BLOOD: Q&A w/ Natalie Mering". PHAWKER.COM. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  2. ^ Childers, Elena. "Premiering Raw Thrills Epic New Song 'Blessed Be The Meek (Let Me Be)'". BTR Today. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Comingore, Aly (October 21, 2014). "An Older, Wiser Weyes Blood". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  4. ^ a b "Weyes Blood - The Innocents". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  5. ^ Carroll, Tobias (January 13, 2015). "Weyes Blood interview". bombmagazine.org. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  6. ^ "Artist Biography by Fred Thomas". www.skinnywolves.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  7. ^ "Weyes Blood And The Dark Juices* - The Outside Room". The Outside Room. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  8. ^ "Weyes Blood & The Dark Juices – The Outside Room". www.skinnywolves.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  9. ^ Mulvey, John (2011-05-31). "Weyes Blood & The Dark Juices: "The Outside Room" - Uncut". Uncut. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  10. ^ Kabara, Tim (June 27, 2011). "Beatbots Audio Reviews : Weyes Blood and the Dark Juices - The Outside Room". www.beatbots.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  11. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (October 28, 2014). "Weyes Blood: The Innocents Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  12. ^ "Review: Weyes Blood, 'Front Row Seat To Earth'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  13. ^ "Review: Weyes Blood, 'Front Row Seat To Earth'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  14. ^ Yoo, Noah (February 12, 2019). "Weyes Blood Announces New Album Titanic Rising, Shares New Song "Everyday": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  15. ^ a b "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Weyes Blood". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Digital Albums" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Beauchemin, Molly (September 11, 2015). "Mild High Club Teams With Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood on "The Chat"". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  19. ^ Tully Claymore, Gabriela (September 11, 2015). "Mild High Club – "The Chat" (Feat. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood) Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  20. ^ "Drugdealer – The End of Comedy | Weird World". www.weirdworldrecordco.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.