New single Vixen is the latest release from former The Carnabys frontman Jack Mercer. Under the guise of VC Pines, Mercer moves away from the Indie-Rock sound of The Carnabys, and immerses himself in the alternative soul, poetry and punk performance influences closer to his heart.
“The song is also a statement to say that even if I’m vacant minded here and there, and seem like just a shell, not to worry about me. Mental vacancy is also something that can happen to me physically as a symptom of epilepsy, but I’m always okay after a seizure and it’s not something that will be the end of me.”Jack Mercer
With the VC standing for Violet Colored Pines, Mercer has the condition synaesthesia, in which neural networks allow senses to cross over. For him, this is a symptom of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and means that he hears sounds and sees colours at the same time.
Under Violet Coloured Pines, Mercer has released a handful of original singles, including Golden Gai and the most recent Garden Of The Year. Which garnered attention from BBC radio 6’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris Hawkins and Huw Stephens. Vixen carries on VC Pines’ dark but cinematic alt-soul sound. With a laid back guitar grove that leads you into the massive choruses.
Part of an arsenal of material written and recorded in a St. Albans studio, tucked away above one of the oldest pubs in Britain. Jack Mercer returned to the stage last year at the helm of a seven-piece band. Having built a formidable live reputation over four years touring with The Carnabys. This reputation has carried over into VC Pines’ 7-peice line up, with two electrifying, high energy shows at Notting Hill Arts Club and London’s The Social under their belt. VC Pines is set to play a headline show at London’s Lexington on April 3rd.
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