We had an absolutely lovely day in the Crypt on the 23rd October with the rather fantastic Merz. The song we covered was “Old Town” – an obscure track from a Phil Lynott solo album. It was a real pleasure working with Conrad. A real inspiration for us and just a joy to spend time with. Heavily features drums, bass and arpeggios from our aged and allegedly uncool Hammond Aurora.
Here’s the lovely video shot by the always fantastic Shot By Sodium. Enjoy!
Our Crypt Covers are just like buses…. one doesn’t come for ages and then two come along at once. They’re also sometimes a little cold and if you’re not careful you might inadvertently sit on some food that someone’s left on your seat.
Just like a bus we are TREMENDOUSLY excited to announce the arrival of our next Crypt Cover on Wednesday the 23rd October with the absolutely incredible Merz. We’ve been massive fans since his very first single in 1998 and this is a real honour. We might even be a little bit nervous about this 1. V. excited.
UPDATE: Live Blog Now Live! – 23-10-13
If you want to request a cover either add it as a comment at the the bottom of this page, put it on the thread on our Facebook wall or tweet @hopeandsocial or @MERZmusic using the hashtag #cryptcovers. Please include both song title and artist in your suggestion!
We’ll try to update what happens on the day on this page so keep checking back… If you don’t what’s going on you can see our previous Crypt Covers here.
5 Things You Didn’t Know about Merz
#1 Merz was raised in West Yorkshire. Went to Art College in Huddersfield. Next stop was Africa where he made 5 trips over 5 years to record and learn music, visiting 14 different African countries. He currently lives in Bern, Switzerland.
#2 He got his commercial breakthrough as Merz while living in London, the 7″ single Many Weathers Apart became an underground hit in 1998.
#3 He’s made 4 Merz albums with three different record labels (Epic, Gronland, Accidental): “Merz” (1999). “Loveheart” (2005). Moi et Mon Camion” (2008) and No Compass Will Find Home (2012).
#4 He seldom attempts a cover version.
#5 He has a love/hate relationship with Yorkshire.
You can listen to Merz’s latest album “No Compass Will Find Home” just here:
And here’s that very first single “Many Weathers Apart”: