Behind the Merkins lurks a Mystery Man of the New Zealand music scene. A man who inhabits the shadowlands of the psyche. A Lone Ranger who rides his own paths. A man of letters. A man of plants. A man who revels in dangerously distorted guitars and with a voice to match.

Here is Grant Smithies' Sunday Star Times review of the album:

Feisty Mongrel Has Rough Charm 
This band has three main things going for it. One: Like The Ramones, all members have adopted the same surname – "Merkin", an Olde-English term for a pubic wig. Two: They live in Nelson like me, and can therefore expect a generous review so they don't thump me in the street. And three: Their press release is not only terrible but deliberately terrible, full of bogus quotes and claims that their sound is a distillation of "cowboy music, 21st century Caspian fishing shanties, proto-surf and civil war children's verse". 
Singer/guitarist Terry Merkin furtively inserted the CD into my letterbox one night with a note promising "a lifetime supply of pear wine" if I bothered to listen to it, so I did. I was delighted to discover this six-song "mini album" is a ripper, brimming with unpolished garage rock/surf-punk energy – a feisty musical mongrel with the rough charm, suspect parentage and ripe aroma of a stray pooch rescued from the SPCA. Album highlight "Premonition" sounds like Tom Waits with a migraine, with a malevolent Bad Seeds chiming in on the choruses. This, of course, is a very good thing, which is more than can be said for that pear wine. 

The album was originally recorded by OHO RECORDING in 2011. This version can be found at
The remastered version is only available on this site as yet.

By The Merkins

Released 2016

Available Formats: mp3 alac flac

Also available in Hi-Res here

Track Listing:

1: Hands On Me ...................


2: Redskins Revenge ..............


3: Premonition ...................


4: Hone Heke .....................


5: Whistling Days ................


6: Rosie's Song ..................


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